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Braemer to lead Locust Street Art as acting director

Locust Street Art has an acting director overseeing its operations.

Dorothea Braemer has been named acting director since the community art school's recent resignation of director Siddiq Abdul Hakim, who stepped down due to health concerns.

Braemer, a media artist and educator, formerly was longtime executive director of Squeaky Wheel media art center on Main Street.

Braemer took a leave from her post on the school's board of directors to take over as interim director. The art school is based in a three-story brick house at 138 Locust St.

"For now, I am trying to manage the transition. We are doing a strategic plan," Braemer said Thursday.

Founded in 1959, the school offers free art classes to the Fruit Belt neighborhood. Classes in clay, painting, drawing and digital animation are student-driven. Adults also have the option to participate.

The board eventually will undertake a search for a new director, but Braemer said it could take time.

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