Chester Springs, PA – January 24, 2023 – Historic Yellow Springs announces that they have successfully hired Tim Compton as their next Executive Director, concluding a 4-month search.
An inspiring leader focused on community engagement and inspiration, Tim is also an accomplished artist versed in multiple mediums including woodworking, printmaking, photography and metal sculpture, while focusing his primary artwork in ceramics. As the Artistic Director at GoggleWorks Center for the Ats in Reading, PA, he successfully built their program capacity to reach new audiences and engage curious learners of all ages throughout the city. Prior to his time in Reading, Tim was leading community engagement and artistic learning as the Adult Programs Manager at the Indianapolis Art Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. These roles along with many other community facing commitments make him particularly poised to succeed as the next Executive Director of the storied institution.
“It’s a truly unique opportunity,” shares Tim. “In all the numerous opportunities I’ve had to combine unique histories with creative experiences, none have been as varied as Historic Yellow Springs. From the Lenape connection up through the wildly popular Yellow Springs Art Show that is so incredibly supported by this community, I see so much potential to continue the momentum and inspire the next generation.”
With a strong vision for the future of Historic Yellow Springs, Tim sees opportunities to expanding art class offerings, repurpose spaces for more programming, formalize student intern and visiting artist programs to connect with local businesses and universities, and collaborate with other regional nonprofits in the arts, environment, and local history fields.
Board President Mark Ashton adds that “the Board was truly pleased with the breadth of experience our candidates presented, but Tim’s background helping manage art centers both in Indianapolis and Reading demonstrated skills we really wanted. The fact that he actually makes art as well made the Board’s selection easy.”
Please join us in welcoming Tim as he steps into his new role on Monday, February 6, 2023.
Contact: HYSmarketing@yellowsprings.org , 610.827.7414
1685 Art School Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425
About Historic Yellow Springs
The Village of Historic Yellow Springs is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Yellow Springs area was well-known to the native Lenape Indians who first made use of the land and springs. Referenced in a Philadelphia newspaper 300 years ago in 1722, the village has a unique and wonderfully storied past including a Revolutionary War Hospital and summer quarters for the PA Academy of Fine Arts.
Today Historic Yellow Springs is home to six historic structures and three 19th century bathhouses on a property of 140 acres with large portions preserved through conservation easements with Natural Lands Trust. Hosting a large and highly-regarded annual Art Show, operating an art school featuring fine arts and ceramics classes, serving as a popular wedding venue and offering free year-round activities in the Village underscore their strong engagement with the community. Town Tours & Village Walks; East/West Meadow trails for nature walks dawn-to-dusk; Jazz at the Springs; Holiday Stroll; Fine Arts & Crafts Show; and HYS’ Members Show are some of the many ways to engage with HYS. In 2022, Yellow Springs celebrated their 300th anniversary.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Historic Yellow Springs Art Show. Free and open to the public, the show runs from Saturday, April 29, through Sunday, May 14, 2023.