Welcome to our new series, Meet the ACP Staff! This is our way of introducing the community to the incredible individuals behind the day-to-day operations of the Arts Council of Princeton.
Meet Maria Evans, the Arts Council of Princeton’s Artistic Director.
What is your role at the Arts Council?
ME: I’ve had many positions at the Arts Council over the years and now I serve as the Artistic Director. My first job at the Arts Council was teaching a children’s ceramics class once a week in what was then a very decrepit basement. An office position became available that spring in the office, so I interviewed with Anne Reeves and Mark Germond and was hired as part of a staff of three.
What is your career background, training, school, etc?
ME: All of my training in school and work was either in food or art: two things I know a lot about and spend a lot of time with, I’m happy to say. When I was a kid, I always told my parents that I was going to grow up to be a chef or an artist. Even then, I had a very “two-track” mind.
What is your favorite thing about working at the Arts Council?
ME: My favorite part of my position is working with artists. I head up our Artist-in-Residence program, our public art projects, and the gallery, so I am very involved with the ‘art part’ of things here at the ACP. The Arts Council will be unveiling a very exciting second Parklet mid-May that will prove to be a destination in town – it will have a lot of bells and whistles! – so stay tuned for that.
If you did not work at the ACP, what do you think would be your alternate career?
ME: Cooking soups or stews somewhere for a cafe or restaurant where the menu is always changing, or running my own art studio. A big fantasy of mine would be running my own salvage yard for artists or architects who are looking for that special item. I would excel at that one.
What is one thing about you that might surprise people?
ME: Hmmm … I’m a pretty open book … maybe that I’m really a softie deep down.
I can’t live without …
ME: dogs and exercise.
My favorite musician is …
ME: That’s a tough one, but I love Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf.
The one food I’d bring on a desert island is …
ME: This one is the toughest question yet…I would have to bring a wagon of grains, greens and hot sauce.
My colleagues are …
ME: very dedicated people.
Art is …
If you have questions or comments for Maria Evans, you can reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.