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Idris Goodwin resigns after 2-year term as director of the Fine Arts Center | Culture & Leisure

Idris Goodwin, who was named the first person of color to lead the century-old Colorado Springs Center for Fine Arts at Colorado College just a month before the pandemic shutdown in February 2020, stepped down effective Friday.

Goodwin, who was associated with Colorado College for eight years, including his time as a professor, is a successful playwright whose play “Blackademics” is currently staged at Aurora’s Vintage Theater through June 19.

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Goodwin, who was named one of 60 National Fellows by American Artists last year, told The Gazette today that he has not accepted a position elsewhere and has no l plans to leave Colorado — but he wasn’t ready to talk in more detail just yet. on his decision to leave. “But I’m fine,” he added.

FAC includes world-class galleries, the Bemis School of Art, and one of the three largest professional theater companies in the state. Goodwin made two major personnel moves during his tenure: appointing Pirronne Yousefzadeh as Artistic Director Producer of the Fine Arts Center Theater Company and Michael Christiano as the new Director of the Museum.

Goodwin proactively responded to the pandemic by launching “City as a Venue,” a new program designed to bring theater, dance, music and more to outdoor venues in Colorado Springs last summer, which included the construction of a new outdoor stage in the Sculpture Garden.

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This year’s lineup begins Wednesday and includes a staging of the women’s soccer play “The Wolves” in the outdoor theatre; a series of children’s plays on Saturday afternoons in area parks and community centers; and various hands-on arts activities.

Colorado College Senior Vice President Mike Edmonds confirmed Goodwin’s resignation “with mixed emotions” in an internal memo.

“The FAC has made great strides during Idris’ 27-month tenure, including the FAC Museum receiving reaccreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, launching city-as-a-place programming, and guiding the museum to the most strong from the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. wrote.

Edmonds called Goodwin “a highly respected artist in his own right” and added, “I know we all greatly appreciate Idris’ contributions to Colorado College and Colorado Springs and wish him well.” The college will consider next steps to fill the position after activities start this weekend, he added.

When he was hired, Goodwin said making the arts accessible to everyone was his top priority. “One of the words in our mission statement that I’m obsessed with is ‘vitality,'” Goodwin said. “That’s 100% the role of the arts and culture space, for me: to show, exhibit and encourage the signs of life.”