Augusta Ballet executive director resigns

Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 4:07 PM
Last updated 10:15 PM
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Jennifer Franks will step down as executive director of the Augusta Ballet.

Franks, who recently had her second daughter, said she wants to spend more time with family.

The resignation is effective Oct. 1. The ballet has not named a replacement.

Franks helped establish the Augusta Ballet’s Good Moves programming, an initiative that fights childhood obesity through dance and nutrition. The annual Bike for the Ballet fundraiser is part of the program.

She also helped bring to Augusta the renowned dance works of Paul Taylor, MOMIX and Ballet Hispanico.

Franks has worked for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Christie’s Auction House in New York City and various antique and art appraisal firms. She moved to Augusta when her husband took a position at Georgia Health Sciences University in 2009.

During years when funding grants were slashed for many arts organizations, Franks said she led the ballet to diversify fundraising efforts.

“We’ve built a lot of partnerships,” she said. “We’ve really spoken out about downtown as an artistic center and
encouraged other art organizations to see it as such.”

Franks said she will remain active with the ballet by joining its advisory board.

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