January 22, 2019
Enchanted Circle Theater Names Development Director

Andrea Spak
December 14, 2017 — The Enchanted Circle Theater, a Holyoke nonprofit that is a regional leader in the field of arts integration, recently announced Andrea Spak has been appointed director of development.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Andrea join our creative education team,” noted Priscilla Kane Hellweg, executive director of the Enchanted Circle Theater (ECT). “Her expertise and professionalism will enable us to expand our reach and deepen our impact as we serve the most vulnerable children and youth in the region.”

Spak will focus her efforts on building long term donor engagement, institutional sustainability, visibility, community involvement, and moving ECT's Institute for Arts Integration from a grant funded model to a more financially sustainable future.

Spak has 30 years of nonprofit experience supporting education, civil rights and social justice issues to improve the lives of children and families.

She has raised millions of dollars from individuals, corporations, foundations and public funding sources to support children’s rights, educational programs, historic preservation, legal advocacy, training and services, community development and affordable housing.

Most recently, Spak was director of development at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, Conn., for nearly 14 years, where she created, directed, and implemented multifaceted strategies for comprehensive programs of philanthropy, sponsorship, special events, and membership to foster donor engagement and support mission delivery.

Prior to that she served as director of planning and development for the Children's Advocacy Center at the University of Connecticut School of Law, and development officer for the Connecticut Housing Investment Fund.

“I am excited to join Enchanted Circle and contribute to their work to improve the lives of children and families throughout the greater community,” said Spak. “Enchanted Circle offers the perfect opportunity to address ongoing community challenges and to apply my experience to expand Enchanted’s impact and support organizational growth.”

Spak earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

Founded in 1976, ECT partners with school districts throughout western Massachusetts and collaborates with more than 60 community partners and social service agencies to provide equal access to arts inspired learning for people of all ages and abilities. It also collaborates with 45 community partners, developing programs to address the needs of underserved and vulnerable community members.

ECT has been awarded the Commonwealth Award, Massachusetts’ highest honor in the arts, sciences and humanities, and the New England Public Radio award for Outstanding Organization in Arts and Humanities.

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