Connie Fritz – Director
Connie Fritz brings over 30 years of nonprofit experience to the Arts Center having served as program manager during the initial renovation of the facility in 1989 and as the Program and Marketing Director in the mid 90’s for three years. Connie is the founder of the Arts Center Youth Theater program and has developed the program to the point it has been divided into three age groups to accommodate all students interested. As a volunteer of the Arts Center, Connie served as chair of the Festival on the Square for three years and has served as the Technical Director on several community projects through the Arts Center. Connie has served as an instructor leading theater and art classes for over twenty years for children and adults.
MaryAnn Robinson – Financial Officer
Mary Ann Robinson is currently the Arts Center Financial Director and has been employed as a part-time staff member since May of 2010. She handles all aspects of the finances for the Arts Center as well as program enrollment, maintaining student class payments, Patron membership and overall office duties. Mary Ann reports directly to the Executive Board monthly reviewing the Arts Center’s progress and financials. Mary Ann graduated with a BS degree from Auburn University in Organizational Management in 1983. Upon graduating college she worked at a family business where she worked in showroom sales. Upon relocating after marrying her husband of now 31 years she was employed by SunTrust Bank as a trust officer for 4 years having completed their Trust Management Trainee Program in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In between leaving SunTrust in 1992 and 2010 she was a stay at
Kayce Ackerman – Marketing Director
Kayce Ackerman has created hundreds of graphics for various organizations. She is the primary designer for all of the Arts Center’s flyers, posters, and digital media. She also manages their social media accounts and website. She currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing with minors in Art, Advertising and Promotions. Although she has been involved in the arts all her life, she started as a digital artist in 2009 and now designs and builds costumes for fun and competition.
Ashlee Parrish – Curator
As curator of the Colquitt County Arts Center, Ashlee Parrish is responsible for overseeing the Art Center’s permanent collections as well as the Vereen Gallery Exhibitions. She is dedicated to creating exhibits that inspire and create unique spaces in which students and visitors are able to gain insight and see artists as not only creators but as extraordinary thinkers who bring light to not only art history but to social commentary and cultural history as well.
Parrish grew up in Moultrie, GA and graduated from Colquitt County High School in 2014. She is currently working to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. Art has always played a large role in Parrish’s life, even as she made attempts to study other disciplines in college and transferring schools twice, she always found herself drawn back to her creative instincts which led her to realize her passion for cultivating creative environments and her love of art history. When she is working on her degree or busy planning the next exciting exhibit to come to the Arts Center, Parrish enjoys spending time in the studio with her ceramics students, traveling every chance she gets, visiting with friends and family, attending concerts, and even occasionally sleeping.
Kim Yarbrough – Program and Education Director
Kim Yarbrough is a native of Colquitt County. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art degree from Valdosta State University and is also certified in Art Education. She also holds a Masters in Teaching in Special Education and an Education Specialist in Special Education degrees. Prior to joining the Arts Center family, Kim worked with Head Start, the Colquitt County school system,
and Southern Regional Technical College. Kim has been the Program and Education Director at the Colquitt County Arts Center since May 2017. She manages grant funded programs, community partnerships, and seeks additional grant funding for the Arts Center. Kim has been creating art her entire life and works in mixed media paintings as well as resin jewelry.