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Brandon Arrington named new arts center director

Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 10:18 am

Osceola County district 3 Commissioner Brandon Arrington began his career performing for a different crowd than what he sees at Commission meetings. Now he’s going back to serving those fans as his full-time gig.

The former improvisation performer, who graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in theatre performance, has taken the role as The Osceola Center for the Arts’ new executive director effective immediately, taking over for retired Executive Director Ed Moore, who helped to lead the center to financial stability while renovating and expanding the current facilities.

Arrington will continue to serve his district as a commissioner.

“A commissioner and the arts, those are my two jobs now,” he said.

Arrington’s said his top priority will be to implement the Board of Directors’ new strategic plan, which looks at ways to expand the arts throughout Osceola County.

“We have a new partnership with the School Board and I want to build on that,” he said. “We have to make better use of the county’s infrastructure to grow, as well as reach out to the Hispanic community. But it’s time to blow the roof off this organization and I’m excited to be back to being a part of it and use my knowledge of the community to further the arts. It’s almost the end of coming full circle.”

Arrington is no stranger to the center or the performing world. After graduating college he spent his 20s performing in Los Angeles and with the Second City Improv Group in Chicago. Before returning to Kissimmee and getting into the land development business.

He was the center’s Director of Programming from 2004-09, before winning election to the Commission in 2008 and re-election in 2012.

“When I interviewed I told the Board that this was a dream job of mine,” Arrington said. “It feels like a natural fit.

Said Tom White, chairman of the Board in a Center for the Arts press release: “Brandon brings the passion for the arts and knowledge of our community that the Osceola Center for the Arts needs. His experience in the arts and demonstrated leadership in our community made him the unanimous choice.”

The center is located at 2411 E. U.S. Highway 192 between Kissimmee and St. Cloud.