SPARC Executive Director Howard Spector to Step Down

Howard Spector at a City Hall event in March 2019. Photo by Henk Friezer

After nine years, Howard Spector has announced that he will be stepping down as Executive Director and Board Member of the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC), effective June 30, 2019.

Teaming up with Founder Lissa Reynolds, Spector helped direct the organization’s growth and success from a grassroots endeavor to a full-fledged 501(c) 3 non-profit. Among his many achievements, Howard played a pivotal role in the establishment of the SPARC Galleries as noteworthy art exhibition spaces and in the realization of SPARC’s popular Box Art project, which transformed the city’s utility boxes into colorful works of art painted by professional visual artists.

Spector was also instrumental in forming fruitful community partnerships that include the South Pasadena Unified School District, the South Pasadena Education Foundation, and the City of South Pasadena, and that continue to inform SPARC’s work today. An artist in his own right, he recently had a successful exhibition of his work in Tokyo and is currently developing a site-specific installation in Germany, to open next summer. In addition to continuing to serve on the South Pasadena Arts Commission, he is looking forward to having more time to focus on his creative pursuits.

“I am proud of what SPARC and its many talented volunteers have accomplished in the past several years,” Spector said. “Now it is time for me to focus on being an artist and on developing new creative opportunities.”

“I have enjoyed working with Howard since my involvement with SPARC began five years ago,” said SPARC President Sandy Kitto. “We thank him for his passion, expertise, and leadership, and for all he has done for the Arts in our community. SPARC wishes Howard all the best in his future endeavors.”