The CMW Board has awarded Sebastian Ruth, CMW's Founder and Executive-Artistic Director, a three month sabbatical leave, starting on February 1. What is a sabbatical? It is defined as “any extended period of leave from one's customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills or training.” Sabbatical comes from the word Sabbath, or the seventh day on which God rested after creating the world. Sebastian has labored for more than 12 years to create, develop, and build CMW into the fabric of Providence’s West Side. We felt it was high time he got a special reward that will give him time to nurture his musical talent, gain some space for reflection, and maybe even get some rest.
CMW’s momentum will not be interrupted by Sebastian’s well-deserved sabbatical. A team of staff are stepping up to provide leadership during the spring semester, including Heath, Minna, Chloe,and Rachel. David Karoff, our fabulous organizational consultant, whose services are being provided as part of a three-year capacity building grant from The Rhode Island Foundation, will be working with this team to learn from their leadership experience. The Board has already become accustomed to having Heath and Rachel at our meetings in the fall as they “learned the ropes” of working with us.
During his sabbatical Sebastian will be spending some time at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, a place that "inspires creativity”, as well as in New York City and Boston, studying with special musical advisers such as violinist Barry Shiffman and violist Kim Kashkashian.
Please join us as we send him off with our best wishes for a special time.
-Liz Hollander, CMW Board
At the Performance Party in December, Jesse's violin studio serenaded Sebastian with an inspired new version of Joy to the World...Joy to the boss,
He needs a break,
From staff, and board, and Heath.
The phone is always ringing,
His emails always bringing,
More stuff for him to do,
All thanks to me and you.
He needs, he needs a silent night.