A Fond Farewell

Michael Knapp Departs from WAA After 5 Years
Monday, April 27, 2015

To the WAA Community,

After five exciting and rewarding years, it is time for me to bid farewell to the Western Arts Alliance. I will be moving from Portland to rural Nebraska, relocating to the small town where my fiance was raised, leaving the performing arts industry to add my efforts to those who are combatting climate change by bringing wind energy to the midwest.

Though I am leaving WAA, I will be taking with me all the wonderful experiences from the past five years. It has truly been a privilege to work with all the members of the WAA Community. I am profoundly grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know each of you. The Western Arts Alliance is an amazing organization, with a uniquely committed and active membership.

I would particularly like to thank the Board Presidents who served during my tenure: David Fischer, John Haines, Renae Williams-Niles, and Beth Macmillan. Your thoughtful, generous, and innovative leadership is an example I will carry forward in my new endeavors.

Last, of course, a special thank you to WAA’s Executive Director, Tim Wilson. The membership know well your tireless, exhuberant devotion to the performing arts. It has been a once-in-a-lifetime honor to have you as my Director, mentor, and friend.

Best of luck to everyone, as you continue the mission of developing the arts and culture of the west. And for those of you on the touring side of things – I look forward to joining your audience when you come through Omaha!

Michael Knapp