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Arts United Announces 2017-2018 Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2017

CONTACT
Susan Mendenhall
President
260 424-0646
smendenhall@artsunited.org

Jasmine Bejar
Communications and Community Relations Manager
260 424-0646
jbejar@artsunited.org

ARTS UNITED ANNOUNCES 2017-2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

FORT WAYNE, IN – Arts United proudly announces the 2017-2018 Board of Directors:

Chris Cathcart, Ivy Tech Community College
Ben Eisbart, Community Leader
Madelane Elston, Community Leader
Cindy Goodman, Old National Bank
Amy Hester, Lincoln Financial Group
Pam Holocher, City of Fort Wayne
Barbara Johnson, SheeKri Style Academy of Dance
Pamela M. Kelly, MD, Community Leader
Andrew Krouse, Mutual Bank, Treasurer
Kim Lyman, TransWorks
Kristin Marcuccilli, STAR Financial Bank
Jeanne Mirro, Community Leader
Edmond C. O’Neal, III, Northeast Indiana Works
Alfredo Perez, Johnson & Johnson
Carlos Ramos, Swiss Re
John Rogers, The Rogers Company
Larry Rowland, Community Leader
Bart Shaw, Grand Wayne Center
Mary Jane Slaton, City of Fort Wayne
John Stafford, Community Leader
Nancy Stewart, Community Leader
Ruth Stone, CDO Consulting Group, Secretary
Ryan Stoneburner, Health Insurance Inc.
Thad Tegtmeyer, Sweetwater Sound
Carmen Tse, Lincoln Financial Group
Ryan Twiss, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, Vice-Chair
Doug Wood, Sweetwater Sound, Chair

The Arts United Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve this slate of directors during the annual meeting on June 15, 2017.

During Arts United’s 2015 cultural planning initiative, 2,300 diverse citizens helped us discover our community’s ambition-to become a national destination by driving forward arts, culture and quality of life. “Having solid leadership is essential to Arts United’s success as it continues to evolve as an organization to meet the community’s desire for growth and innovation, and we’re excited to do so under this board’s leadership,” said Doug Wood, Board Chair.

“Our 2016-2020 strategic plan was created in response to what the community told us they needed from us. Our board and staff are committed to implementing this plan in order to elevate the quality of life for all individuals in our community through arts and culture,” added Susan Mendenhall, President. Arts United’s core initiatives are:

1. Advocacy and Promotion-Arts United will serve as a collective voice for the creative sector to create an environment in which more people attend and support arts and culture.
2. Arts Campus Development-The Arts Campus will provide a professional edge to community-centered creative organizations and artists by offering spaces and resources in which to incubate and produce local artistic work and creative activities.
3. Capacity Building-Arts United will increase the capacity of the creative sector by investing in high-performing arts and cultural organizations and their ability to innovate, evolve and serve the community.
4. Community Development-Arts United will connect and convene the creative sector to develop a more attractive, vibrant and thriving community.
5. Health and Sustainability-Arts United will invest in its organizational capacity to sustain its mission and achieve its vision.

Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. is a non-profit united arts fund and local arts agency that serves the communities of northeast Indiana by fueling the momentum of more than 70 arts, culture and quality of life initiatives each year. Arts United’s strategic investments position arts and culture organizations to achieve higher levels of excellence and quality, to improve access to the arts for all community members and to support regional priorities for growth and development.

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