Edgar Arceneaux Out as Watts House Project Executive Director

Mr. Arceneaux. (Photo courtesy of Portland State University)

Edgar Arceneaux will step down as executive director of the Watts House Project, the Los Angeles Times reports today. The news comes on the heels of a story in that newspaper over the weekend that reported problems at the high-minded urban renewal effort.

In a statement released today, Watts House looked to the future:

“As of today, Watts House Project (WHP) is pleased to announce that Will Sheffie, our Managing Director, will take over the organization’s leadership, filling the role of Executive Director. Edgar Arceneaux, WHP Founder and current Board member, has graciously stepped aside as Executive Director while the organization takes measures to effectively address the challenges it has faced in its recent growth. We remain committed to working with local and internationally known artists to maintain the artistic vision of the organization, and are devising an Artistic Director role that will help lead WHP in defining a replicable, sustainable model for arts-based community redevelopment.”

Thanks to Artforum for pointing us to this story. Edgar Arceneaux Out as Watts House Project Executive Director