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Confluence Arts Center names artistic programming director

Brenna St. George Jones, who most recently served as senior director for an arts center at Columbia University, has been named director of artistic programming for the Confluence Arts Center in downtown Eau Claire.

The arts center is currently under construction and will kick off its inaugural season in fall 2018.

St. George Jones has roots and ties in both Wisconsin and Minnesota and is eager to bring her experience and talents to the Chippewa Valley and the Confluence Arts Center, a Confluence Arts Center news release said.

“I am thrilled to join the Confluence team, and the Chippewa Valley community, as we embark on this exciting new venture," St. George Jones said in the news release. "It’s not often you are offered the chance be a part of something extraordinary, in the truest sense of the word. I look forward to highlighting the best of an already thriving regional arts scene, while bringing to the Confluence Center the world-class performers and diverse audiences worthy of its world-class venues.”

St. George Jones' work experiences also include serving as company manager for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, as well as extensive freelancing.

Jason Jon Anderson, Confluence Arts Center acting executive director, said he is excited to have St. George Jones on board to plan the first season at the arts center.

“After an extensive national search I am excited to be adding Brenna’s skills and talents to the Confluence team," Anderson said. "I know she will work with local artists, local musicians, literary artists, theatre groups and stakeholders to ensure an inaugural season that will fulfill the Confluence’s mission as well as highlight the incredible creative economy of this region. She will ensure that the Confluence Arts Centers programming meets and exceeds our region's expectations.”

The Confluence Arts Center is at the heart of the Confluence Project, a public-private development in a once-blighted downtown area that is funded by a combination of state, county, city and philanthropic support. The center will provide much-needed rehearsal, teaching and support space for UW-Eau Claire’s theater program and a significantly larger performance venue for its nationally renowned music program. The arts center will host concerts, performances and Broadway-style touring shows that no current campus or community venue can support.