Potter to take reins at Latchis


BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro Reformer Arts Editor Jon Potter has been named the new Executive Director of Latchis Arts and Latchis Corporation.

Potter will start working as the director of the two groups on July 1, taking over for outgoing Director Gail Nunziata, who is leaving after 10 years in the position.

For 11 years Potter has been arts editor at the Reformer, and he has been following the Brattleboro and Windham County arts scene as editor of Ovation, the Reformer's weekly arts and entertainment section.

"I expect I will have a steep learning curve, but my experience and relationships I have cultivated all these years in the arts community will serve me well as I ramp up," Potter said. "The Latchis plays a very important role in this community and it has positioned itself well and handled itself well through these years. I feel very fortunate that I was tapped to take this on."

Latchis Arts and Latchis Corporation are run by two independent boards.

The Latchis Corporation manages the theater, The Latchis Hotel and various real estate holdings along Main Street and Flat Street.

Latchis Arts, a non-profit organization, manages the programming at the Theater.

Potter will direct both organizations.

"We're delighted to welcome Jon Potter to lead both the non-profit arts component at the Latchis, and the day-to day-business dealings of the Latchis Hotel and Theatre," President of Latchis Arts Lisa Bloch and Rick Hashagen, president of Latchis Corporation, said in a joint statement. "His relationship to the arts and artists in the area is a big plus to both halves of our equation."

Potter grew up in New York City and attended college at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.

He has been writing for newspapers, on and off, since 1988, and moved to Brattleboro in 1998 to work at the Reformer.

The job at the Latchis will be the first job outside of journalism for Potter since moving to Brattleboro.

"From my vantage point at Ovation I was able to see the arts community as a whole and at the Latchis I will have a similar vantage point," he said. "At the Latchis I will work with a lot of organizations. The Latchis is a place that serves a great many sectors of our community. It serves a broad base and I am excited to be a part of that."

A few years ago Potter said he began considering careers beyond journalism.

He took classes in non-profit management at the Marlboro College Graduate School.

He said he hoped to find work with a non-profit group that worked in the arts.

"Through all these years I have been drawn to the ideas and the people who work within the arts community, but I have wanted to participate, and not just cover it. I've been wanting to break through that distance and go all in," Potter said. "I am beyond excited. This is the dream job I was aiming for. I am really excited to get started."

Howard Weiss-Tisman can be reached at hwtisman@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 279.


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