The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) announces that after serving in her role for more than 10 years Executive Director Vickie Scott Grove will step down during the current fiscal year. This year will mark CSMA’s 55th anniversary of providing access to the arts for all. 

“While leaving CSMA is a difficult decision —  I love the energy of this building, the students engaged in creative endeavor, the outstanding staff and faculty —  I cannot think of a better time to make this change given the milestones achieved and future opportunities ahead for the organization,” says Grove. 

“The School is in a strong financial position, with a great Board of Directors, management team, staff and faculty. It has expanded its program space in Mountain View and will be adding a location in Belmont.  The achievements despite COVID have been impressive, and I’m proud to have been a part of such a capable community organization.  I also want to thank our Board Chair Sohi Sohn for her outstanding leadership.” When Grove joined the School in 2013, annual revenues were $5 million.  The budget for next year is $7.4 million.  

A formal search for a new executive director has been launched.  Ms. Grove will work with the new director to ensure a smooth transition.

Founded in 1968, the Community School of Music and Arts is Northern California’s largest non-profit provider of arts education programs. CSMA now serves nearly 30,000 participants a year and over 50 schools up and down the Peninsula during their school day.  Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, CSMA is dedicated to making the arts and arts education accessible to all, regardless of age, experience, background or financial means. 

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