NORWAY — Creative Norway is pleased to announce that local community organizer Jessica Cooper has been named the new executive director of the organization.

 “Jess Cooper is everything an organization could hope for in leadership,” said Jonathan Leavitt, founder and former executive director. “She is passionate about the need for creative opportunities, she is knowledgeable about the Oxford Hills, and she is already well respected here in the community. She will certainly help Creative Norway move to the next level with their mission of nurturing and providing opportunities for creating here in Western Maine.”

Over the last three years, her work has included youth organizing and climate resilience work through the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy (CEBE), helping to form and run a worker-owned bike cooperative called Spoke Folks, working at Fare Share Co-op, and helping to administrate Creative Norway’s project House Lorax.

She is passionate about cooperative development and is currently working on an affordable cooperative housing project here in Norway with CEBE and other community members. She also hopes to help develop youth/adult mentorship programs through arts and creative means.

She is the mother of a six-year-old daughter, sings with local band Ragtime Rebellion and dances with NEVAEH dance circus and Cold, Cold Night Burlesque.

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