Arts Guild Executive Director leaving for St. Paul position

Michael FallonThe Northfield Arts Guild (NAG) today announces the resignation of executive director Michael Fallon, who will leave the organization effective July 15 to accept a leadership position with The Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching & Learning in St. Paul.

Fallon will serve as the manager of marketing, communications, and special projects for the small non-profit, a regionally-based membership organization with national outreach that supports and promotes outstanding college teaching and learning at public, private, and tribally-affiliated colleges and universities. “My new position will be very similar to my experience here in Northfield,” reports Fallon. “I will work in a very hands-on capacity, focused on fostering collaboration among educational institutions.”

Fallon is quick to note that his decision to leave the NAG is very bittersweet. “While this is a great opportunity for me,” he says, “my decision was based primarily on my desire to work closer to home.” “It’s all about lifestyle,” adds Fallon, a ten-year resident of St. Paul, “and focusing on the needs of my family.”

Fallon notes that during his time leading the NAG, he’s had “great fun” and has found his experience in Northfield “hugely rewarding.” He’s most proud of his work in developing the NAG’s educational efforts, especially artist residency programs in area schools. He adds he’s also enjoyed collaborating with other Northfield organizations, such as the Northfield Historical Society, the Arts and Culture Commission, and the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation – as well as working with local artists and performers.

Fallon’s departure comes as the NAG prepares for a community-wide celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of the Guild, taking place in 2009. “It’s clear to me how much the people of Northfield are invested in this community and the ongoing success of the Arts Guild,” says Fallon. “Next year’s events will celebrate both the past and future successes of this treasured institution.”

“We are happy for Michael in his new opportunity, which is closer to his home in St. Paul,” says NAG Board President Mary Hahn. “At the same time, we are very excited about the excellent existing talent and resources in our community and the Northfield Arts Guild will continue to thrive as we bring in new staff and prepare for the Guild's fiftieth year."

Hahn adds that she and the rest of the board members plan to work closely with NAG staff to make the transition as smooth as possible. There are no immediate plans to hire a replacement for Fallon, although Hahn reports the board hopes to have a new executive director in place by November.

A farewell reception in Fallon’s honor will take place Thursday, July 31, from 6 to 8 p.m., at The Contented Cow in downtown Northfield. The public is invited to attend.

Fallon joined the Northfield Arts Guild in February 2007, replacing Rebecca Bazan, who had served in an interim capacity for two years, following the departure of the Guild’s first executive director Karen Helland.

More information about the Northfield Arts Guild can be found at

or by calling (507) 645-8877.

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Michael Fallon's departure

Jane B McWilliams

I am disappointed for our sake that Michael will be leaving Northfield, but I'm happy for him as he prepares to meet new challenges.

Good luck, Michael!