Photo courtesy of the Arts Council for Long Beach.

Executive Director Victoria Bryan has announced she is stepping down from her role with the Arts Council for Long Beach, the organization announced Thursday. Bryan has served the organization for two and a half years.

“When I became executive director, my personal goal was to see the organization solidly heading in the new direction laid out in our Strategic Plan—our roadmap,” Bryan said in a statement. “I believe we are at that point and, in some ways, ahead of schedule.”

As the Arts Council enters its 40th year, Bryan called attention to several positive notes, including the welcoming of nine new board members and the organization’s close relationship with the city.

“We have a strong new staff team in place, focused on communications, marketing and advocacy for Long Beach’s exceptional creative community,” said Bryan in a statement. “This year’s City budget provides us with continued funding for marketing and annual grants to artists and organizations. We continue to work closely with City leadership to further expand support for the arts.”

Bryan noted the Arts Council’s most recent State of the Arts event, which was held in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and at the Museum of Latin American Art for the first time. The Arts Council also just announced a Risk and Innovation grant alongside a capital management campaign for a Mobile ArtSpace.

“We have much to celebrate!” she added.

“We were aware we wouldn’t have Victoria in the executive director role for very long since she made it clear from the onset she saw herself as a transitional leader,” said Board President Marco Schindelmann in a statement. “She has done an excellent job leading us through our transition and is undoubtedly leaving the organization stronger.”

Schindelmann said the Arts Council has gained momentum with Bryan at the helm, saying, “We look forward to her continued relationship with the organization.”

Bryan will remain executive director until a replacement is hired, according to the release, and has pledged her commitment to serve at the committee level and also as an advisor.

The Arts Council is now searching for a new executive director, of which the job description is located on the Arts Council’s website here. Applications will be accepted through December 15.

Asia Morris is a Long Beach native covering arts and culture for the Long Beach Post. You can reach her @hugelandmass on Twitter and Instagram and at [email protected].