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Albemarle Neighbor: Interim director’s job keeps her surrounded by art

By Anna Goodwin McCarthy

The Daily Advance

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As she enters her office each day at the Arts of the Albemarle, Katie Murray is surrounded by artists’ work.

Whether it is an artist whose brush stroke meets canvas in a meaningful spectacle of hue or a performer practicing his solo in preparation for a show, the best aspect of Murray’s job as AoA’s interim executive director is collaborating with the “creative community.”

“It is a privilege for me to be in this position,” said Murray, who took over as interim director in June.

Murray said she wants to help “get arts immersed in the community.”

“It is so critically important,” Murray said. “My main goal is to ensure the AOA is fully supported.”

Originally from Roanoke, Va., Murray has always been involved with the arts.

“I grew up dancing,” she said.

With a preference for ballet and pointe, Murray says, “Dance teaches you discipline.”

“I loved being part of a company and going through the whole performance.”

Watching the Center Players, a youth performing arts group at AOA, brings back fond memories for the former dancer.

Murray graduated from Elon University with a double major in arts and communications.

Three years ago Murray moved to Elizabeth City with her husband, Steve, who is the resource development director at the Food Bank of the Albemarle.

Murray enjoys kayaking on the New River, traveling to Ireland and Scotland and listening to live music with her husband.

Murray said she is currently working with a group to promote a young professionals organization.

She said the first event for the organization is the River City Rhythm and Brews Brewers Party kickoff event on Nov. 7 and the River City Rhythm and Brews on Nov. 8.

Murray said the Nov. 8 event will feature local bands at Mariners’ Wharf like the Daniel Jordan Band, Full Deck, Go Figure and Fuse.

For more information about events and activities at the AOA, visit http://www.artsaoa.com/.

“Between our fine arts and performing arts, there really is something for everybody in our community,” said Murray.

Anna Goodwin McCarthy is a correspondent for The Daily Advance.