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William Lewis Named Cary’s Next Cultural Arts Manager

Post Date:07/11/2019 2:47 PM
  • After a national search, Cary’s next leader for cultural programs and facilities was part of the Triangle arts scene.
  • Lewis comes to Cary after serving as executive director for PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music.
  • Lyman Collins retires after serving Cary since 1999.

Cary, NC -- After a national search, Cary announced the selection of William Lewis as the next cultural arts manager in the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department. Lewis will guide programs ranging from festivals and events to public art, classes and camps, and facilities including Koka Booth Amphitheatre, The Cary Theater, the Cary Arts Center, and the Page-Walker Arts and History Center. Since 2008, Lewis has served as Executive Director of PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, and has been instrumental in developing a wide variety of cultural arts programs across the Triangle. While in this role, he helped bring the International Bluegrass Music Association, its annual conference, and the Wide Open Bluegrass festival to Raleigh.

A native of Greene County, Georgia, Lewis attended Appalachian State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree. He continued his cultural studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with a master’s. Following graduate school, Lewis worked with the North Carolina Arts Council before joining PineCone as a full-time Program Associate in 2004, a position he held until elevated to executive director in 2008.

“My family and I have enjoyed Cary’s vibrant cultural scene since moving here in 2002,” said Lewis. “I am thrilled to join the team responsible for creating unique, meaningful and memorable arts experiences every day for residents and visitors alike.”

Director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Doug McRainey said, “We are very fortunate to bring on William to guide our incredibly successful cultural arts program. The impact these programs and facilities have on the Cary community is an important priority, and we look forward to William joining the team.”

Lewis will succeed Lyman Collins, who is retiring after more than two decades of service to Cary, including working on such projects as the construction of Booth Amphitheatre, as well as the renovations of the Cary Arts Center and The Cary Theater.

Lewis begins work August 1.

Primary Contact

Doug McRainey, Director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources, (919) 469-4066


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