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February 3, 2014, by Courtney Yilk


February 3, 2014

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Confluence Project Names Colin Fogarty As New Executive Director

VANCOUVER, Wash.- The Confluence Project has named veteran public radio journalist Colin Fogarty as its new Executive Director. Fogarty will help lead the group's 12-year-old effort to complete the installation of six works of public art along the Columbia River, in collaboration with internationally-renowned artist and architect Maya Lin. These "teachable places" exist at the confluence of rivers, but also at the confluences of cultures, ecologies and history. As the works of art near completion in 2016, the Confluence Project is transitioning into a new phase, to become, in the long-term, the storytellers of the Columbia.

Colin comes to Confluence after an award-wining career in journalism, first as a radio reporter for Oregon Public Broadcasting and then as regional editor of public radio's Northwest News Network. Colin has always been drawn to the notion that we are surrounded by history, that the most compelling stories we tell connect the present with the past. In his new role as Executive Director, Colin will continue to tell compelling stories about history, its connection to the present, and its capacity to inform the future - not on the radio but in the landscape, through community engagement, and in the digital realm.

Founding Executive Director, Jane Jacobsen is delighted at Fogarty's appointment, "I have every confidence that Colin will provide excellent leadership for the Confluence team as the capital phase is completed and as Confluence moves forward into a new phase of stewardship and programming."

Confluence Founding Board member, David DiCesare, adds, "Our selection process was extremely competitive, with several highly qualified candidates. That said with Colin's vision, strong communication skills and leadership style, it quickly became apparent he was the perfect candidate to lead the Confluence Project."

About Confluence Project

The Confluence Project is a collaborative effort of renowned artist and architect Maya Lin, Pacific Northwest tribes and communities along the Columbia River system. Our mission is to create interpretive public art, perform environmental restoration on public lands, and provide educational programming at the community level. As a small non-profit, we work with local arts and culture groups, schools, and tribal communities to complete six major internationally acclaimed art installations. With each site we have worked to restore public land with native flora, build strong community ties between public agencies, provide arts education, and forge lasting partnerships between schools, local tribes, and civic groups. We seek to employ the emotional power of art as a catalyst to inspire the preservation of our cultural and natural resources and to explore the intersection of environment, culture and a regional history that reaches back many hundreds of years.


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