New England Center for Circus Arts removes founders

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New England Center for Circus Arts removes founders

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 4:37pm -- tim

UPDATE: Circus Arts president and executive director resign, finances failing

Vermont Business Magazine The Board of Directors of New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) today announced a leadership reorganization of the 501(c)(3) non-profit. Michael Helmstadter, executive director, in a statement said: “The past 18 months have been spent working to resolve management and personnel problems to the benefit of the entire organization. The board of directors of NECCA has chosen a difficult, yet necessary decision to separate the co-founders of NECCA—Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion—from the organization as employees. We are bound to sound governance by law. We are also bound to protect the confidentiality of personnel matters.

"We recognize the many accomplishments of the founders and have offered the twins an opportunity to remain involved with the organization. We have received no reply at this time.

"Needless to say, this is a challenging time for everyone. The board actions have been taken in order to meet our mission and students needs. They are why we, NECCA, exist.”

NECCA recently moved into its own custom-designed trapezium building in Brattleboro—the newest custom-designed circus arts trapezium in the country. The new building is the result of the efforts of the board and volunteer committees from the community who have worked diligently for more than three years to raise $1.3 million of the $2.5 million goal. 

 NECCA is governed by a Board of Directors under guidelines established by the 501(c)(3) regulations. Among their responsibilities is insuring adherence to the mission of the organization. The Mission of the New England Center for Circus Arts is to create a school, facility and community where circus arts are available to the general public and to inspire students of all skill levels, ages, abilities and aspirations. 

Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion were among the honorees of the 2016 Governor’s Arts Awards.

Source: NECCA 7.12.2017



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