Cummings to Retire from MAC
Mineral Area Council on the Arts Executive Director Roxanne Cummings of Desloge will retire this summer after working at Mineral Area College for 27 years.
With a bachelor’s degree from Washington University, Cummings started working for the college’s library in September 1986, but three years ago she took the helm of the arts council after longtime director Betty Schaper retired. She is also the coordinator of MAC’s Fine Arts Theatre events.
“After 24 years in the library, I was ready for a new challenge,” she said. “I’ve always loved the arts, and working with the wonderful, dedicated members of the arts council these last three years has been the highlight of my career.”
A member of Missouri Community College Association, Missouri Citizens for the Arts, and Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies, Cummings has also been active on myriad committees and initiatives, from those geared to accreditation, to the passage of bond issues. Some of her favorite professional memories involve the day-to-day achievements and special events she has coordinated.
“The high point of my years in the MAC library was the interaction with students,” she said. “The high point of my event-planning career was my first big event, Celebrate Local Authors in 2007, and two arts council favorites are the Liverpool Legends concert in 2012 and our recent concert from local pianist Emily Parker. I’m also proud of my past work with MAC's Komen Race for the Cure team.”
Cummings has also been a part of the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and attends many local Chambers of Commerce activities.
In retirement, she hopes to pursue her writing, charitable event walks, photography, fishing and outdoor activities, galleries and museums, and patronizing all of the arts.
“I hope to take this summer off, write, and then begin a new, part time career in the arts,” she said. “I want to travel to visit all my old friends spread out across the country. My ultimate travel goal is to rent an apartment in Paris for awhile. My ultimate volunteer goal is Red Cross disaster relief, but I want to work locally now with hunger organizations.”
Cummings said she thinks retirement will be a bit of an adjustment, but she’s looking forward to making the transition, and plans to stay in touch with many of her colleagues.
“It's been my home for many years, so I will miss my MAC and arts council family most of all,” she said.
Her successor at the helm of the arts council will be Danielle Basler of Bonne Terre. Basler currently assists the MAC Fine Arts Department as an administrative assistant.