April 9, 2020
South Shore Conservatory President Leaving after 15 Years

Kathy Czerny
September 5, 2019 — The South Shore Conservatory, a nonprofit based in Hingham that is the largest nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, yesterday announced that its president, Kathy Czerny, will step down after serving in the post for the last 15 years.

The South Shore Conservatory (SSC) said it will engage in a national search for her replacement.

Czerny, who has been involved in arts education for 32 years, will step down at the end of next August.

“Kathy has been a remarkable visionary leader who has led the expansion of SSC’s overall mission, broadening access to the arts across the South Shore through our award-winning ImagineARTS programming, as well as the creation of a robust Creative Arts Therapy department,” said SSC board chair Derek Spence.

“As we reach the milestone of our 50th anniversary in the year ahead, we cannot help but acknowledge the indelible mark that Kathy has left on SSC and the South Shore arts community.”

Under Czerny’s leadership, enrollment at SSC’s two campuses in Hingham and Duxbury nearly doubled.

Additionally, SSC developed new programs and partnerships that have expanded its geographic footprint and created greater access to music and the arts for people of all ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and abilities.

In 2012, SSC launched ImagineARTS, an arts-integrated literacy program in partnership with public schools in Brockton, that reaches more than 750 kindergarteners, using music, drama, dance, and stories to increase pre-reading skills.

SSC’s Creative Arts Therapy (CAT) department, now in its 10th year, reaches more than 500 residents of all ages with developmental and emotional challenges, offering programs tailored for those with learning disabilities, autism, brain injuries, and Alzheimer’s.

A third campus, opening in Hanover in 2020, will be dedicated to SSC’s CAT programs; The Glick Family Center for Creative Arts Therapies will be the only one of its kind in the state.

“SSC is an incredibly special place. I will cherish the year ahead, working alongside so many dedicated professionals who strive every day to create community around the arts.” said Czerny. “I’m grateful to everyone on the South Shore and beyond who supports our work and shares our passion for music and the arts. I’m also looking forward to celebrating our 50th anniversary and so many signature music and arts programs and performances with the community before my departure.”

SSC was established in 1970 in Hingham after previously serving as a New England Conservatory satellite preparatory program. The Duxbury campus was established in 1980.

Today, with a faculty of 100 artist educators, SSC is recognized as a national model for arts education by the National Guild for Community Arts Education and collaborates with schools, community centers, social service agencies, Councils on Aging, and other organizations throughout the South Shore.

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