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Bruce Tyler Resigns as Creative Director of Montclair Arts Council

Natalie Heard Hackett

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 • 11:45am

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Bruce Tyler, creative director of the Montclair Arts Council, has announced his resignation.

In January of 2013, the Montclair Arts Council (MAC) was revived after facing some hardship.  Founded in 2005 and town-funded, the MAC lay dormant from 2010 to 2013 due to funding issues when the township decided to no longer allocate funding. 

That was until a group of concerned citizens stepped up to revive the council. Tyler and a few others including Greg Spinelli and Meg Beattie Patrick along with community supporters worked to revive and fund the MAC. Once revived in 2013, the MAC became funded soley from grants and special projects.

Tyler was one of the volunteers who had been a part of the MAC from the beginning and has been instrumental in helping the MAC to stay afloat. Tyler is a founder and drummer with the Band Black Lace Blues and co-founder of the Montclair Jazz Project.

Tyler posted the following statement on Facebook Tuesday,

“I resigned from the Arts Council yesterday! I feel free. The reason: Getting a lot of gigs! Need to concentrate on my playing. Been real busy!  Doing the real music business thing.  And can help get the Montclair Music Hall of Fame set up. I won't be on the committee, however. No more of that stuff.”

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