board-craig-collinsPORTLAND, Maine (Sept. 28, 2015)—The Maine Center for Creativity (MCC) announced on Saturday that its new executive director will be former United Nations Peace and Development Advisor Craig Collins. Collins’ appointment is the culmination of a six-month executive search that attracted over 50 applicants from 30 states.

“Craig was chosen from a group of excellent candidates through a rigorous selection process,” commented incoming Board President Joe Porta, a broker with CBRE | The Boulos Company. “He has lived and worked in dozens of countries, building partnerships with diverse stakeholders to promote more cohesive communities, more effective governing institutions and sustainable economic growth. He is keen to put his rich experience to work for communities around Maine and it’s a very exciting time for MCC.”

Collins comes to MCC after working for nearly 15 years in international development and diplomacy, as manager of an international non-profit organization and, most recently, as a senior official for the United Nations.

“I’ve seen firsthand the transformative power art and creativity can have in bringing together communities and divergent interests,” said Collins. “MCC’s mission harnesses that power and I look forward to continuing its work to make Maine more vital economically, more vibrant culturally and more visible as a place where innovation and creativity thrive.”

Collins takes over from interim executive director David Swardlick, effective September 25. The MCC board began the search for a new chief executive upon founder and executive director Jean Maginnis’s decision to accept an exciting career opportunity with Saint Joseph’s College after 10 years at MCC’s helm.

“Jean and the board have built a powerful and exciting platform and David has kept that work moving over the past six months. I’m honored to take up this momentum and continue to build upon it,” said Collins.

Among the creative educational and economic development projects MCC has spearheaded are the Art All Around® international design competition to paint the South Portland Sprague Energy tanks, Creative Toolbox Series, Pecha Kucha Portland events, the Community Art Task Force, the Developing Creative Intelligence business training program, the Maine Network of Innovation and Creativity, the biennial Maine Creative Industries Award and this weekend’s Creating a Culture of Innovation symposium.

About Maine Center for Creativity

The Maine Center for Creativity (MCC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) led by a volunteer board of directors. Founded in May 2005, MCC is committed to nurturing innovative companies and people in Maine by developing projects and programs that support the growth of creative industries and the arts.