By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
Johnstown resident Angela Godin was recently named executive director for the Community Arts Center of Cambria County.
Godin started her new position June 1. Before becoming executive director, she had served as the nonprofit art center’s development director since February of 2015.
Godin said that her experience as development director allowed her to learn the ways in which the arts center can grow and reach broader audiences.
“I’ve been integrated into the growth and enhancement of adding events and updating things,” Godin said.
“I want to continue with that. We already have some really exciting things that are taking place in 2017. To say the least, it’s really going to be exciting moving forward.”
Godin, a North Star High School graduate, said she is confident that her role as executive director will help move arts center forward.
“I’m open to fresh ideas,” she said. “It’s exciting because I want to see and be part of the evolution. This place is 48 years old, and I couldn’t be more proud and honored to be affiliated with it.”
She added that it’s rewarding to have the support of community members and co-workers alike.
“I think people are excited that I’m the new executive director,” she said. “There have been so many wonderful and positive changes at the arts center and there is a constant awareness of what we can do. Our goal is to get integrated into the community and show them how much we care.
“Our staff is truly a team. Whatever needs to get done, gets done. We also have a very supportive volunteer board of directors. Even if they all don’t agree on something, they’re willing to give things a try. They’re willing to allow changes to take place.”
Prior to working at the Westmont arts center, Godin was most recently employed by the Somerset-based nonprofit arts center, Laurel Arts, where she served as a dance and theater instructor.
Throughout her life, Godin has been positively affected by art.
“I love everything having to do with art,” she said. “I have a degree in theater art, so theater is very important and dear to my heart. Because of that, I really want to help strive to make sure that the arts center has a performing arts aspect so that we truly are a complete arts center that offers anything and everything that anyone could ever want.”
Godin earned her bachelor’s in theater in December of 2007 from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. She has starred in more than 30 plays and musicals, and has served as a director, assistant director and choreographer for many others. Most recently, Godin was using her theater background to help direct annual performances at Johnstown Christian School.
Godin said she hopes that the art center will afford people of all ages opportunity after opportunity to express themselves.
“Art is so expressive,” she said. “It’s a perfect outlet.”