September 11, 2015 – Lowell, Mass. – The American Textile History Museum (ATHM) today announced that Todd Smith has been appointed to the role of interim Executive Director of the American Textile History Museum. His appointment follows the departure of Jonathan Stevens, who has stepped down after serving nearly four years with the Museum.
“We were very fortunate to benefit from Jonathan Stevens’ knowledge, passion and vision over the past four years, helping us navigate through a challenging financial period,” said Karl H. Spilhaus, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Personally and on behalf of the Board of Trustees, I thank Jonathan for his loyalty, service and dedication to the Museum and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Todd Smith, who also serves as Director of Institutional Advancement, will work closely with board and staff during this transformative and pivotal period for ATHM.
“During challenging economic times, organizations must seek new opportunities and direction to ensure their financial stability and future,” Mr. Spilhaus said. “We are committed to exploring all opportunities to ensure that this museum is here for decades to come, fulfilling our important mission to tell America’s story through the art, history, and science of textiles.”
Through its affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, ATHM plays an important role in the region’s cultural community and creative economy as a center of learning and innovation, celebrating both the roots of tradition and a bold new future.
ATHM brings relevant and significant exhibitions to educate, entertain and inspire visitors, making a name for the museum on a national level. One of the Museum’s recent exhibits, Inventing Lowell, is currently showcased at the Smithsonian’s renowned Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History.
This year, ATHM was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, recognizing consistently outstanding reviews by visitors to the museum. ATHM has expanded its vibrant educational programs for all ages and offer dozens of specialized Textile Arts classes in the Textile Arts Center.