By Howard Pousner
Virginia Hepner, who has in recent years served as interim leader of Atlanta Ballet and Brand Atlanta, has been named interim executive director of Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center, an organization that takes arts to Georgia students from pre-school to high school.
Hepner temporarily replaces Tony Kimbrell, who directed Georgia’s leading provider of arts-in-education programming for a decade, including when it became one of four Woodruff divisions in 2005.
Kimbrell, whose last day was Oct. 6, left to “pursue other opportunties,” according to a Woodruff spokesperson.
A former Wachovia executive, Hepner has been active on the boards of numerous cultural institutions in recent years and helped organize the statewide grassroots effort led by the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition’s to add a sales tax for the arts in Georgia during the last legislative session.
The Woodruff Arts Center division is one of 31 national chapters of Young Audiences. From a small organization linking nine artists to Georgia schools in 1983, it’s grown to boast a roster of more than 65 artists of various stripes. It now reaches more than 600,000 Georgia students in 50 counties each year.