COPPeR hires new executive director

Andy Vick Head-ShotThe Board of Directors of COPPeR, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, hired Andrew (Andy) Vick as executive director. Vick will start on Feb. 1, the board announced Tuesday.

Vick will move from Western Maryland, where he has served as the executive director of the Allegany Arts Council since 2003.

Vick grew up in the Chicago area and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to his work with the Allegany Arts Council, he worked in businesses in Washington, D.C., as a marketing director and as a manager of human resources. Later, with his wife, Beth Piver, a graphic and visual artist, he ran a high-end craft business, Beth Piver Designs.

“I am thrilled to know that Andy will be taking the reigns at COPPeR,” said Christina McGrath, the outgoing executive director of COPPeR. “Our community is poised for growth and development and Andy will help by bringing national best practices and a fresh perspective to COPPeR and our already vibrant arts community.”

During his tenure as executive director of the Allegany Arts Council, Vick served as a regional and statewide leader in the arts, serving as the chairman of the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority (Maryland’s first certified heritage area), as well as on the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Rotary Club of Cumberland Board of Directors, the Cumberland Downtown Development Commission, and as the coordinator of the two arts & entertainment districts in downtown Cumberland and downtown Frostburg.

At the state level, Vick served on the board of the Maryland Citizens for the Arts, and was a gubernatorial appointment to the Maryland Tourism Development Board.

“Andy not only has a deep passion for arts but a proven track record of using the arts as a tool for economic development and community revitalization,” said Jenny Stafford, board chair of COPPeR, explaining in a news release why the board chose Vick.