Mabel Tainter changes Executive Director

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MENOMONIE, Wis. (RELEASE FROM MABEL TAINTER)-- The Board of Directors of the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts has announced the ended employment of the Executive Director, Steve Renfree. His last day was Friday, December 29th, 2017. The Board wants to emphasize that Renfree is not the employee under investigation by the police regarding the incident involving sexual assault allegations from December 9th, 2017.

Daily operations of the Mabel Tainter will be overseen by the Board of Directors during the transition as the search for a new Executive Director is underway. Andrew Mercil, Board President, will spearhead the daily operations of the Mabel. “The Mabel Tainter has been the creative cornerstone for our community and will celebrate its 128th year in 2018. Many people have come and gone during her history, but the one constant is that our Mabel remains a center for the arts for everyone. Our dedicated team of board members, staff, and volunteers are working hard to ensure that 2018 will be a wonderful year at our Mabel,” said Mercil.

2018 holds a lot in store for the Mabel. The Board of Directors is working to build stronger community partnerships, set the 2018-2019 season, launch a new website, start new arts programming, all while working on bringing in new patrons to the Mabel.

The Board of Directors will begin recruiting for a new Executive Director in 2018, spearheaded by Board Vice President, Michelle Dingwall. “We look forward to filling this vital position soon to ensure the Mabel’s vitality for generations to come,” said Dingwall.

Daily operations will remain the same, with open hours Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-3pm. Information about upcoming shows can be found at or by calling the box office at 715-235-0001.