ROSWELL, Ga. — The Roswell Cultural Arts Center is known for the performances put on there throughout the year, but it is also known for the people behind the scenes.
One of those dedicated people, Sharon Moskowitz, with the Roswell Cultural Arts Board (CAB), is laying down her role to move to New York City. A farewell party was held in her honor June 11 at the Smith Plantation.
The CAB is comprised of a variety of people who love the arts and try to promote it as best as they can.
As the current historic and cultural affairs manager for the city of Roswell, Morgan Timmis is responsible for the overall management of Roswell’s places of culture, including the Cultural Arts Center and acting as city staff to the CAB.
Timmis is also good friends with Moskowitz, who has been busy ever since she first volunteered for the children’s arts festival.
“She was ready, willing and able to do anything and everything that we needed from the most little job to whatever,” said Timmis. “Eventually I lured her onto the cultural arts board and the council nominated her to be on the board, which she served for eight years and two of which she was the chair.”
Moskowitz first volunteered for the children’s festival after seeing an artist day at her children’s school, and getting in contact with Jan Gibbons, who was the director of the visual arts center.
“I loved that so much that she said ‘you need to get involved with the community,’” Moskowitz said, “and she introduced me to Morgan and the mayor and from that point on I was hooked.”
Earning her way up and being the chair of the board helped Moskowitz get the opportunity to boost the art scene in Roswell.
“During her tenure, some amazing things were done for the city of Roswell,” said Timmis. “Just the overall awareness and value of arts in our community was increased tenfold.”
The new awareness is a major reason why Moskowitz hopes to return as quickly as she can.
“Our hope is to return back to Roswell like we never left and I absolutely would throw myself back into it,” Moskowitz said. “I will continue to support these artists and artist groups.”
Moskowitz isn’t completely upset about the move.
“I plan on getting into the nitty-gritty of the underbelly of the nonprofit artists and emerging artists of New York City,” said Moskowitz. “I can’t wait to explore. I recently met a woman who said she never has anyone to go to art gallery receptions with, and I told her, ‘I’m your woman.’”
Even though the feeling is bittersweet for Moskowitz, her friends in Roswell are not happy to see her go.
“I couldn’t be any sadder,” said Timmis. “I’m going to be working hard to get her back here — we need her.”