Rachel Ferry has wanted to give back in an even bigger way.
A longtime volunteer and board member for the Carmel International Arts Festival, Ferry has accepted the position of executive director for the festival, set for Sept. 26-27, 2020. Ferry will replace Dawn Fraley, who stepped down after this year’s successful event.
“I love the city of Carmel,” Ferry said. “My husband is very involved. He’s in Rotary and Lions Club and he’s been very involved with CarmelFest for several years. I just feel like this is my opportunity to make an impact on the city. I really felt now was the time. We are newly empty nesters. I just want to be able to give back to the community that helped us raise our kids.”
The executive director is a part-time paid position that Ferry expects will mean full-time hours as the festival gets closer.
“For 2020, our goal is to keep the festival as good or better than what Dawn and Rosemary Waters have set forth for us,” Ferry said. “It’s an extraordinary festival. We have close to 30,000 people who come and over 150 artists.”
Ferry’s daughter, Georgia, graduated from Carmel High School in 2019 and is a freshman at Ball State University. Her son, Garrett, graduated from CHS in 2016 and lives in Carmel.
“I am not a professional artist by any means, but I’ve always had that creative streak in my life,” Ferry said. “I have my own art room in my house where I play with various mediums of art. It’s an extraordinary expression of what people are capable of doing. To be able to celebrate it in a two-day festival is pretty awesome.”
Her husband, Bryan Ferry, is on the entertainment committee for CIAF.
Ferry is the manager of events and hospitality at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.