Bloomington Hires Performing Arts Manager
James Mack will take over as Performing Arts Manager for the City of Bloomington February 12.
Mack will serve as manager for both the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA) and the Creativity Center.
Jay Tetzloff, the City’s Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts and Miller Park Zoo, said Mack’s time as Managing Director for the Mesquite Arts Council in Mesquite, Texas and his vision for the BCPA made him a standout candidate in the search for a new Performing Arts Manager. Mack also served as Manager of Partnerships for the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership in San Diego, California.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Arizona and expects to earn a Master’s degree in Non-Profit Administration from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business later this year.
Tetzloff said he welcomes any suggestions Mack may have to increase efficiencies at the BCPA. The facility is still running a projected $500,000 deficit for the fiscal year.
“One of the things we’ll encourage him to do is to learn how we do things and why we do things, and then start asking questions like, “If that’s the way we’ve always done it, well why have we always done it that way?”
Tetzloff said there are still four positions that need to be filled at the BCPA.
“We’re hoping to possibly make some changes there in terms of job descriptions and job responsibilities, and Jim Mack will be part of that change.”
Mack will take over the role formerly occupied by Tina Salamone, who passed away suddenly in March. Former City Manager David Hales hired VenuWorks executive Carl St. Clair as Interim Performing Arts Manager in April. St. Clair left the position by mutual agreement with the City in October. VenuWorks currently manages the Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington.
“We’re excited for [Mack] to start and see where he takes the future of the BCPA,” said Tetzloff.