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What's next for the Columbia Festival of the Arts
What's next for the Columbia Festival of the Arts

When Nichole Hickey became the executive director of the Columbia Festival of the Arts in 2004, she says she imagined she would stick around for three years, just until the annual summer festival celebrated its 20th anniversary. She stayed on 10 years, making her the festival’s longest-serving executive director. Hickey, 68, is retiring July 31, just as the festival is poised to make several major changes aimed at widening its audience and serving a bigger role in the growing Columbia community. Hickey says she is ready to hand over the reins to incoming executive director Todd Olson so she can return to her work as a fine artist. “I think I earned the right to retire,”...

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