ROALD BRADSTOCK ARTIST, TWO-TIME OLYMPIAN NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ART OF THE OLYMPIANS
FORT MYERS, FL (February 12, 2016) – Artist Roald Bradstock of Atlanta, a two-time Olympian and former world record javelin holder, has been appointed the Executive Director of Art of the Olympians (AOTO).
The announcement made Wednesday by Al Oerter Foundation (AOF) president and CEO Cathy Oerter completes a two-year restructuring by the foundation of AOTO responsibilities. “I’m thrilled to have Roald join our team as AOTO executive director,” she explains. “He was a founding member of AOTO and fully understands the goal that we wish to attain.”
Under the realignment, AOF assumed responsibilities in the funding of program that meet and foster its mission of developing art, education, sport and cultural outreach programming to inspire individuals – particularly youth and their communities to uphold and promote excellence and the highest ethics of humanity.
AOTO, until two years ago, maintained an exhibition hall and office operations in downtown Fort Myers. It is now an international program of Olympic and Paralympic artists teaching Olympic values and ideals through exhibitions, educational program and cultural activities.
The appointment by Bradstock as AOTO’s executive director moves the organization into a new and exciting chapter. This March marks the 10th anniversary of AOTO and the organization will move from a single location into a virtual and mobile platform guided by Bradstock. “We have become the international program of Olympic and Paralympic artists teaching Olympic values and ideals through, exhibitions, education programs and cultural activities,” explained an excited Bradstock.
Moving to a mobile platform, he notes, allows AOTO to better connect and communicate with a global audience. AOTO has redesigned its former website (www.artoftheolympians.org) so that it will effectively allow programs to flourish.
AOTO currently has dozens of Olympians and Paralympians on their program roster. These members, explains Bradstock, have abilities ranging from the professionally trained, award winning to part-time hobbyists. “We’ve got painters, sculptors, dancers, photographers, performance artists, musicians, poets, video and film makers and other artists that use mediums that can help meet our goal of teaching the youth of the world how these forms of expression are so similar to that of sports,” he says.
Bradstock, who in 2012 was nicknamed the “Olympic Picasso” by BBC, is a professional artist who only recently stepped aside from international competition in the sport of javelin. He is a former world record holder in the sport and was a two-time Olympian for his native Great Britain. For more than 25 years, he has dedicated his talents to painting and has won many Olympic art competitions.
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