Gale Jackson.

Black Mountain Center for the Arts Director Gale Jackson to Retire

After nearly two decades at the helm of the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Gale Jackson announced that she soon plans to retire. Jackson began her tenure at the nonprofit nine months before it opened its doors to the public in 2000. Located in Black Mountain’s former town hall and jail on West State Street, the arts center organizes programming ranging from exhibitions and concerts to festivals and community theater series such as “Way Back When”—a performance that evolved from a collection of local oral histories and ran for seven years.

“It’s certainly a bittersweet decision,” Jackson told Black Mountain News. “I’ve loved the job for almost twenty years and I love the community, which has been my extended family. This job gave me the opportunity to be involved with so many different parts of this community.” Jackson will remain at the center until the board hires her successor.