Meet Kirsten Burrall, Managing Director of SPCAA

For 18 years, Sue Adams has handled the administrative tasks and day-to-day operations at St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy. Over the years, the Academy has grown, and so have its administrative demands. Adams commented, “Even though the weight of the extra position has been heavy, I have absolutely loved building the Academy and getting to work with the impressive Arts Academy staff as well as creating a nurturing environment for our students and families.”

The time has come for Sue to step down from the role and a new Managing Director to be appointed. The St. Peter’s Vestry approved moving forward to create a full-time position. After a lengthy search, a personnel committee found someone for the job that has personally witnessed the benefits of the Arts Academy and is eager to be part of its future. That person is Kirsten Burrall.

Burrall is a passionate, professional arts enthusiast with a strong dedication to the “Arts for All mission!” She brings her expertise in program management and a genuine desire to foster creativity and personal growth through the arts. She will formally start at the end of August but will begin gleaning information throughout the summer.  

Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Studio Art from Hartwick College and a Master of Arts degree in Art History from Syracuse University. Her comprehensive understanding of the arts fuels her commitment to support and advocate for arts programming that is accessible to everyone.

Kirsten Burrall is a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience in the arts and educational sector. She recently launched Belle Historica, LLC, an appraisals and appraisal services practice that aims to educate clients about their fine art objects and provide ethical and compliant reports. As the founder, Kirsten demonstrated her proficiency by implementing every aspect of founding an LLC, including strategic branding, operations, marketing, customer service, and financial management.

Before joining St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy, Kirsten dedicated twelve years of her career to Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS). She was pivotal in the Advancement Offices during her tenure, where she orchestrated and executed 65 regional programs to advance the institution’s goals. Kirsten’s exceptional event planning skills were integral in ensuring successful outcomes, as she meticulously laid out comprehensive plans that included timelines, budget forms, and reporting.

Of particular relevance to her new position at St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy, Kirsten served as the Program Manager for the Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute (ESSYI) at HWS. In this capacity, she played a vital role in facilitating a faculty-led summer institute for youth. Kirsten’s contributions resulted in over 50% of ESSYI students receiving foundations and grants. Her impressive achievement was made possible by forging formal partnerships with like-minded donors, effectively underwriting scholarships for deserving students.

St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy holds a special place with Kirsten’s family. All four of her children went through the exceptional programming that SPCAA offers, including Community Choirs, Piano Studio, The Ballet School, and Violin Studio. 

With her experience in program management, Kirsten excels at assessing organizational needs and finding effective solutions. She wants to support the faculty and vibrant arts programming and help foster their success.

Kirsten is thrilled to join the team and contribute to the mission of providing high-quality arts education and enriching lives. She believes in nurturing an inclusive environment where people of all ages and backgrounds thrive.

For inquiries or collaborations, reach out to Kirsten at .

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