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Washington Co. Arts Council chief resigning

August 08, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Kevin Moriarty said Friday he is resigning as executive director of the Washington County Arts Council.

During a phone interview, he said he'll leave the job within the next few weeks.

He explained his move simply.

"It's time to move on," he said.

Moriarty took over as executive director in June 2004.

He came to Hagerstown in 2003 from Howard County, Md., The Herald-Mail reported at the time. He previously worked for UNICEF in Washington, D.C., and as an event planner and a legislative assistant.

Moriarty said he's been working more with the Maryland State Arts Council and enjoying it.

He plans to stay in Hagerstown and remain involved with Washington County's arts scene.

"You'll hear from me again soon about what the next adventure is to be," he wrote in an e-mail to friends and colleagues.

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Moriarty said the highlights of his term include a 400 percent increase in programs and a community more excited about and engaged in arts.

"I think I've had a great run," he said.

It was unknown who might take Moriarty's place. Donna Newcomer, the council's president, didn't return a message left for her Friday evening.

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