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Textile Center in Minneapolis seeking new director

  • Blog Post by: Mary Abbe
  • March 21, 2014 - 5:04 PM

The Textile Center in Minneapolis is seeking a new executive director following the resignation of Tim Fleming after 18 months in the post. Fleming succeeded founding director Margaret Miller who retired in June 2012.

"Our plan right now is to hire an interim director, and we're hoping to name someone within the next couple of weeks," said board chair Donna Peterson, a retired University of Minnesota associate vice president for government and community relations. "We really have not had time to decide what we want in an executive director, so we want to take our time and be sure to do it right."

The organization's programs and $831,000 annual budget are stable, Peterson said. Fleming simply resigned "to pursue other opportunities" she said.

"We just had a benefit fund raiser to celebrate our 20th birthday fund raiser and exceeded our goal," said Peterson. The organization hoped to raise $20,000 with the gala, but brought in $22,000. 

The Center at 3000 University Av. S.E., runs an exhibition gallery and a shop selling hand-made clothing and textile crafts, and offers lectures, classes and other programs in the textile arts ranging from weaving, crocheting and basketry to fabric design and dying. It's classrooms and facilities serve members of 40 craft guilds throughout the state. 

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