John Cain, the executive director of South Shore Arts who was set to retire at the end of June, has decided to stay on with the organization for another year.
“To avoid instability as we emerge from the disruptions created by the recent pandemic, John Cain, who was set to retire as executive director of South Shore Arts and the Northwest Indiana Symphony at the end of June, has decided to postpone his retirement for a year,” the organization said in a statement. “The board is grateful for John’s dedication to both organizations and his willingness to help us come out strong on the other side of COVID.”
The pandemic forced cancelation of concerts and other exhibits, which led to an overall reduction in program participation, South Shore Arts said.
“This was not the final year we wanted or expected to conclude John’s long history with the arts in our Region,” the organization said. “John will stay to help keep us moving in a direction that will ensure the continued success of both organizations.”
South Shore Arts is planning for an outdoor Beaux Arts Ball in August. It also is planning for a full schedule of outdoor summer concerts and a full season of symphony concerts for 2021-22.
“In general, we’re anticipating that things will not just get back to normal, but our supporters will again feel a sense of excitement about in-person arts and cultural events,” the organization said.
South Shore Arts said it will start a search for Cain’s successor this summer.
“(In) preparing for John’s succession, the board believes its duty to the organization is best served by conducting a search and interview process to consider all possible candidates over the coming year,” the organization said.