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WINSTON-SALEM, NC  –  With signature artistic instruction and design excellence, Sawtooth will streamline operations, create sustainable financial strength, offer market-driven programs, products and services, and provide best in class service by 2020, Sawtooth’s 75th anniversary. During this anniversary year, Sawtooth will re-introduce Sawtooth Artist of the Year, create the Sawtooth Artist Hall of Fame permanent exhibit and collection, as well as launching a re-branding effort.

Sawtooth has named Alex Klein Vice President of Operations. Klein will be instrumental in all operational and strategic activities including hiring, vendor relationships and management, managing and reporting on key operating metrics, human relations, and facility management.

“Sawtooth School has been a cultural institution for almost 75 years, and we are devoted to continuing this important work. We also must be aware of our changing communities and find ways to adapt to their needs,” said Klein. “My new role involves implementing practices to keep our institution healthy and viable so we can stay focused on our goals as visionaries, innovators and community partners in the arts.”

Along with the VP of Operations position, the position of Vice President of Innovation and Programs has been filled by Amy Jordan, and will also lend support to the sustainability initiative the pivot to 2020. Jordan’s role will be instrumental in directing the development and implementation of creative initiatives across all areas of the art center, including art initiatives, branding, exhibitions, community engagement and partnerships.

“As a member our executive team, my desire is to honor our past and present while looking to the future. To seek innovative paths that will move us towards growth and diversity which in turn will strengthen our arts initiatives and ultimately our community,” said Jordan. “The artists and students that I encounter each day inspire me to continue on a course that is inclusive and creatively driven.”

Sawtooth was fortunate to be awarded a $30,000 grant from the Winston-Salem Foundation, to support a Director of Data and Informational Services that will oversee a new CRM project that will help staff increase time efficiencies, and a $125,000 grant, over three years, from the Windgate Charitable Foundation to be used towards Sawtooth’s sustainability initiative.

 Sawtooth School for Visual Art is the Piedmont Triad’s premier community visual art school, providing art education to artists and art lovers of all ages and skill levels. A funded member of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Sawtooth School is located in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts at 251 N. Spruce Street in downtown Winston-Salem. Additional information about the Sawtooth School can be found on-line at www.sawtooth.org, or by calling (336) 723-7395.

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