The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo Announces Staff Change

Posted Feb 24th, 2010 by Jennifer Jarrett  Category: Community Interest


Celebrating its 50^th year of existence, the Arts Commission is pleased to announce several staff changes within the organization. Changes include a promotion, the replacement of a staff member and the addition of two temporary grant funded positions.

Jennifer Jarrett, formerly Development Coordinator, has been promoted to Deputy Director. Jennifer originally joined the Arts Commission in 2006 as a part time grant writer. Prior to that she worked as an independent grant writing consultant and spent seven years as the Business Director for the Toledo Ballet. “Jennifer is responsible for much of the ACGT’s recent success,” said Marc Folk, ACGT Executive Director. “Her skill sets truly stretch across the entire organization and the board wanted to make sure her title reflected her role within the organization.”

Dan Hernandez has joined the staff as the Public Art Coordinator. Dan’s responsibilities include the management of the City of Toledo’s 1% for Art Program and the acquisition, conservation and education initiatives related to Toledo’s public art collection. Dan holds an MFA from American University in Washington DC and has taught at the University of Toledo, American University’s Art in Italy Program, Chautauqua Institution School of Art and Mott College. He also exhibits his own artwork throughout the country. Recently, Dan worked as the Managing Director of Fire Nation Glass Studio and was Senior Sales Associate for the Toledo Museum of Art’s Collectors Corner. He replaces Adam Russell, who left the Arts Commission in January to open Honest Works Fine Art Laboratory in Key West, Florida, with his wife Kelly.

Also joining the staff are two temporary grant-funded positions. Ryan A. Bunch, former Arts and Entertainment Editor for the Toledo City Paper, joined the staff as Assistant Programs Coordinator, a part-time, one-year position. “Ryan’s work at the City Paper and his familiarity with the local artistic community make him a strong asset to our organization,” said Folk. Ryan works with ACGT Programs Coordinator Michelle Carlson on the delivery of the organization’s programs and services. His position will run through December 2010, and is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant secured last year by the ACGT.

Another new addition to the ACGT team is Bridget Adams Brewer. She fills the new Creative Industry Development Coordinator position at the ACGT. Her role will be to increase the organization’s capability to provide web presence, e-marketing, entrepreneurial training, and professional development for local and regional artists.

Bridget is a creative entrepreneur founding two local businesses, Decisive Moment Photojournalism and TeenyTinyCollars.com. Bridget also holds an MFA from the University of Michigan. “We had an incredible pool of talent to select from” said Folk. “Bridget’s background in business development and fine art made her a custom fit for the position.” The position is funded through September 2011 by an award from the Small Business Administration secured by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. “Congresswoman Kaptur has always been a champion of local business. As such, she has provided leadership vital to the ACGT’s mission of increasing the economic impact of the region’s artist population on the economy,” said Folk.

The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo is the longest standing arts commission in the state of Ohio that develops and promotes the arts in the community, serving Northwest Ohio since 1959. The Arts Commission is funded in part by the following: Ohio Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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