Lorie Clark has been hired as cultural arts and events manager for the Town of Garner’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department.
Clark worked with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School system as the Blue Ribbon High School specialist and Youth Leadership Institute service advisor. In this role she organized and planned numerous special events, conferences and trips for high school students and their parents and developed and implemented a summer youth leadership camp. She served in the school system for 18 years.
Prior to the school system Clark worked at the Stone Center in Chapel Hill as the publicist/information specialist. In this role she was responsible for all aspects of theater operations and management. Before her time there, she worked with Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation. She was responsible for special events including Apple Chill and Festifall. In this position she coordinated logistics, entertainment, food vendors, staff and security.
“Lorie Clark brings an eclectic range of professional experience to this position,” Garner PRCR Director Dr. Sonya Shaw said. “She is known for being a strong community-minded person who loves utilizing cultural arts programming to bring people together.”
Clark has earned numerous professional awards and recognition for the programs she has developed. Examples include the Pauli Murray Award (Orange County Human Relations Commission), Woman of the Year (Outstanding Community Service) and the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service and Involvement Award.
The cultural arts and events manager position will oversee the award-winning Garner Performing Arts Center, townwide special events and departmental marketing and sponsorship development.
“I look forward to seeing her use her creativity, love of people and vast experience in special events, arts and education to continue building the arts in Garner,” Shaw said.