Ivan Sygoda, the longtime co-director of the arts management non-profit organization called Pentacle, will be stepping back from his duties this July, the New York-based organization announced this week. Sygoda will still be involved in some of Pentacle’s projects, but he is handing off the day-to-day running of the organization to a group of in-house leaders that has also been intimately involved in Pentacle’s good work: Mara Greenberg, the current co-director (since the group’s founding in 1976), Felicia Rosenfeld, director of programming, Sophie Myrtil-McCourty, director of booking services, and Doug Post, gallery representative/operations manager. Rosenfeld is based in L.A., and directs the Help Desk/LA program, pairing artists in need of administrative advice and help, with mentors who can guide them. There’s the significance: Pentacle provides behind-the-scenes support for small and mid-size dance groups, which have few places to go to get such expertise. Marketing, fundraising, board development — all that necessary business stuff can take artists away from making art. Sygoda thought up ground-breaking ways to make critical infrastructure available to dance artists, so they could bring their dancing to us. Good luck to the new leadership consortium; ruling by committee can be a challenge.
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