TEXARKANA, Texas — Brian Goesl, executive director for the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council, has announced he will retire from his post effective the end of August.
Goesl announced his retirement at this month's TRAHC board meeting, saying he'd retire on Aug. 31, according to a TRAHC news release.
He was appointed by the TRAHC board in January 2008 to be ED following Ruth Ellen Whitt's retirement from the same position, according to the release.
"I am extremely happy to have been part of the many accomplishments that have taken place in our community and region through TRAHC. From the ArtSparK, upgrades to the Perot Theatre, the ArtWall, Heritage Gateway Public Art installation, the formation of the Arts and Historic District and expansion of ArtsSmart, to the redevelopment of Downtown Texarkana, the Post Office Project and establishment of TAMU-T," Goesl said in statement.
Goesl's final day will actually be his 72nd birthday, and now it's time to "take a breath and spend more time with my wife and family who have been so supportive of my many hours being away," he said.
"It has been a truly wonderful opportunity to have been part of these many projects and programs," said Goesl.
At the time he took over the ED job, Goesl said, "I feel TRAHC is an integral part of Texarkana and our region, both economically and culturally. This is a wonderful opportunity to be in a leadership position of such a creative organization," according to a Gazette article.
Prior to being tapped by the TRAHC board as its director, Goesl first served as the director of community programs and outreach beginning in 1999 before he served as interim director and then the ED.
In that initial post, Goesl was responsible for the direction, coordination and marketing of the nonprofit arts agency's community programming, such as Jump, Jive, and JamFest, visual arts, ArtWall, African-American Advisory Committee, Regional Arts Center classes, TRAHCkids, Heritage Gateway Project and adult education classes.
After decades of managing the Perot Theatre and overseeing its care for the city of Texarkana, Texas, TRAHC recently lost the job to the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, which is slated to take over in October. Goesl and TRAHC staff are working with the city and TSO to ensure a smooth transition.
And after losing money on the TRAHC-organized Perot Theatre series for several seasons, the event lineup has been retooled and narrowed in recent years.
TRAHC has found success in its Theatre for Young Audiences program at the Perot, which brings local students to the historic downtown venue for a children's theater experience. Theatre for Young Audiences shows typically pack the Perot seats with young students.
TRAHC has also continued to grow its visual arts programming, hosting both a student show and adult juried show during the late spring and summer months at the Regional Arts Center. The adult show has increased its geographical reach in recent years.
Goesl has served longer than any other ED for TRAHC, according to the news release.
Arts advisory committees Goesl has worked on include the visual arts advisory panel for Mid-America Arts Alliance/ ExhibitsUSA, Arkansas Arts Council Artists' Roster Review Panel, Arkansas Governor's Awards Review Panel, Texarkana Regional Airport Architecture Advisory Committee and the Texas A&M University-Texarkana Economic Impact Subcommittee, according to a 2008 Gazette article.
Goesl has also served on the Texas Festivals and Events Association, Arkansas Festivals and Events Association, and on the boards of the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Texarkana, among others.