Orange County Arts Council Board of Directors Announces Executive Director Transition & Search

The Orange County Arts Council today announced that Executive Director Sarah McKay will be stepping down from her position at the end of the year. 

“The past four years have been full of great challenges and triumphs that we have faced together,” said McKay. “We have developed public art initiatives, offered career-building services and programs, increased youth access to the arts, and strategically focused the lens of OCAC’s mission and services. I am proud of what we have accomplished, the new communities we have served and friends and supporters we have made. I am glad to leave this fantastic organization stronger and well prepared for the future. ”

The Board and all of those involved in the Arts Council recognize the successful leadership Sarah has provided during the past four years. 

Board President Janet Howard-Fatta said, “It has been an honor to work with Sarah. We will be forever grateful for all she has accomplished, and how she is leaving us ready for what is next. Our future successes will be due in no small part to the foundation she has built with us. We look forward to those successes and wish Sarah the same as she embarks on the next stage of her journey nearer to her family in Connecticut.”

Under Sarah’s stewardship, the Board and its Gala Committee will continue to plan what promises to be its most exciting and ambitious Annual Gala yet – IGNITE: The Art Affair on November 19 at Urban Arts Project in Rock Tavern, with original dance, art, and visual performances. 

The Board will commence a search for a new Executive Director immediately.  Sarah will work with the Search Committee and transition team throughout. Questions regarding the search process should be directed to

To view the job description, click here.