Welcome Mary Kay Sigaty as new President of the Columbia Festival of the Arts Board of Trustees!

Nov 14, 2019


“I’ve been participating with Columbia Festival of the Arts from the beginning, first as an artist and now as a Board Member.  I’m delighted to lead the Festival through the next two years of growth – it’s going to be an exciting time!” – MKS

Stepping into the role previously held by Realtor Suzi Padgett, the Columbia Festival of the Arts is proud and excited to formally announce that our new Board President is now Mary Kay Sigaty.

Before taking the lead, Mary Kay has been a mover and shaker in Howard County as well as a long time Board member and contributor to Columbia Festival of the Arts, now in its 33rd season. Mary Kay has been a teacher, a councilwoman, an artist, and was very active as a member of Howard County’s Board of Education.

For nearly 50 years, Mary Kay Sigaty has lived in Columbia with significant impact and participation on Howard county lives and art. During a 12 year tenure as a councilwoman, Mary Kay Sigaty has a long history of community support serving in multiple capacities, including Patuxent River Commissioner for Howard County.  An advocate for housing affordability, Mary Kay has been fighting for Columbia citizens, supporting the agricultural community, and working for the renewal and development of Columbia’s Village Centers and the growth of Downtown Columbia.

A keen advocate of the Arts, Mary Kay, has taught at the Columbia Center for the Arts, was an artist in residence for Howard County public schools, and has worked closely with both Wilde Lake High School and Marriotts Ridge High school.   Pursuing an early career as in teaching, Mary Kay was a graduate of Boston College and holds a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University.

We all are looking forward to and deeply appreciate the guidance and vision that Mary Kay brings to Columbia Festival of the Arts 2020 and 2021!