New York’s Mount Tremper Arts, a creative laboratory and performance space based in the Catskills, has appointed Crystal Wei as its new executive director. Wei will be responsible for strategic planning and the overall management of the organization.
“As a founder, it has been a joy to see this experiment in art and community-building evolve into a sustainable and growing institution,” said cofounder and visual artist Mathew Pokoik. “Crystal is an experienced and dynamic arts manager. With her background and expertise in fundraising and her deep understanding of the needs of artists, she’s the ideal person to lead MTA into its next decade.”
Wei has more than ten years of experience fundraising for the performing and visual arts. Most recently, she served as the director of development for orchestra of St. Luke’s in the West Village. Wei has also held development positions at the New Museum and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has been a guest speaker on best practices in development and marketing at numerous conferences. Wei has a bachelor’s degree in studio art and psychology from Williams College in Massachusetts.
“Mount Tremper Arts is one of New York’s most beloved and essential creative spaces,” said Wei. “I am honored to serve as the advocate and steward of its unique, vibrant culture and I look forward to collaborating with MTA’s artists, community partners, board of directors, and staff to strengthen MTA’s role as a creative incubator across the Catskills region and New York City.”
Founders Pokoik and choreographer Aynsley Vandenbroucke, who established Mount Tremper Arts in 2008, will remain on the board of directors and plan to focus on shaping the artistic direction of MTA through the recently launched Watershed Laboratory—an incubator and residency center that aims to be a cultural bridge between urban and rural New York.