Bringing leadership and creative experience, Suzanne Doubet-Schuld has begun her role as the new Sioux Center Arts Director.
As director, Suzie will organize the Sioux Center Arts events and programs, provide educational arts opportunities, and collaborate with the library, schools and other organizations to promote the arts.
A native of the Peoria, Ill., area, Suzie has years of program coordination experience, including starting drama programs and directing children’s plays, leading creative youth events, and helping coordinate opening a Christian coffee house with monthly artistic performances. She is also an actress, participating in more than 50 productions with her church’s drama team and community theatre, and she’s had speaking dialogue in a few independent and industrial training films.
“The arts are a way to help build well-being, self-esteem, and connections in the brain that will last a lifetime. The arts bring together people in a community,” Suzie said. “The arts are a deep part of all of our lives.”
Suzie said she hopes to continue bringing the caliber of performing artists and programs that Sioux Center Arts has been offering, with plans to add programs for a variety of ages. She also plans to reach out to the community with surveys to hear what people enjoy and how to meet their needs, along with offering new arts experiences.
Dave Ruter, who directs Sioux Center recreation, said Suzie’s passion for the arts and personality made her a good fit for the position.
“I could sense her excitement for the job and what we have in motion, but also for exploring new ideas and programs. She is very personable and she’ll fit in very well with our employees and community,” Ruter said.
Suzie recently moved to Ireton from Illinois. She is married to Steven and has a step-daughter and step-son.