The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie has a new general manager, as Daniel Becker was officially introduced on Monday. Becker, who was previously curatorial director at the Kelowna museum, is excited to learn all the ins and outs of his new role.
“This is the first time that I have held the position of general manager. I worked for a while in museums and arts and culture. I gradually climbed the management ladder. The past two weeks have been an experience, meeting new people and getting to know how the gallery works.
Becker succeeds outgoing Jeff Erbach, who held the position for five years. He feels that Erbach managed the gallery during a very difficult time for everyone.
“It was tough on him. From what I’ve seen so far, he’s done a really good job of managing the finances, making sure the organization was funded safely. He also built many positive relationships,” he says.
Becker’s vision for the art gallery is to bring engaging content to the community and create an enjoyable experience for those who visit the gallery.
“I think coming out of the last four years, we as an organization need to focus on the goal of getting people out of their homes. I think being turned away for the past two years has really had an impact on people. If we can get people outside in the sun or create a welcoming environment, that’s really our goal,” he says.
Becker believes the board is a well-rounded group of people. Board Chair Christine Quinn was instrumental in bringing him to Grande Prairie.
“There are community members who sit on multiple boards and they want to see their organization succeed. I had a really positive experience meeting everyone involved. I can’t wait to see what the future holds. »
Becker, who grew up in Red Deer, is enjoying her time in the community, however brief.
“I think anyone growing up outside of Grande Prairie, we have a preconceived idea of what the city is like. Seeing the community in person, I’ve met a lot of people who are extremely positive and supportive. They love Grande Prairie,” he adds.