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Baryshnikov Arts Center Seeks New Leader

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The Baryshnikov Arts Center in Hell's Kitchen is looking for a new leader. The center has announced that Stanford Makishi will leave his post as executive director at the end of February.

Makishi says he's leaving to consider his next steps in the field of dance. "My time here has been exhilarating, humbling, and rewarding," Makishi said in a company press statement. "I will forever be grateful to Misha and the board for inviting me to serve this vibrant and important organization."

Misha is Mikhail Baryshnikov, who established the Baryshnikov Arts Center in 2005 to house the work of the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation. "Mr. Makishi came to our organization at an important moment in its development. The purchase of what would become the Jerome Robbins Theater was a big step for us," Baryshnikov said, referring to its new 238-seat theater that was opened under Makishi. The annual operating budget for the arts center also more than doubled during Makishi's three-year leadership.

This fall, Makishi will serve as Artistic Advisor for New York City Center's Fall for Dance festival. The Baryshnikov Arts Center says the search for his replacement has just started.