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David J. Fraher Future Leaders' Fund Award 2013

Congratulations to Terri Lucas and Katy Pease—this year’s recipients of the David J. Fraher Future Leaders’ Fund Award.

In January 2009, David Fraher marked 25 years as Executive Director (now President & CEO) of Arts Midwest. Arts Midwest’s Board of Directors and staff, along with many friends and colleagues, established the David J. Fraher Future Leaders’ Fund to honor David’s contributions to and vision for the field. The Future Leaders’ Fund provides the next generation of arts administration leaders opportunities to participate in educational programming and gain hands-on experiences within the industry—helping them build a strong network of mentors early in their careers.

Now in its fifth year, the Fund has supported five accomplished young leaders, allowing them to attend the Arts Midwest Conference and benefit from the myriad professional development experiences it affords. These scholarship recipients—Megan Vetsch (2009), Anne O’Brien (2010), Maarten Bout (2010), Jennie Germain (2011), and Lindsay Hanson (2012)—have, in turn, used their new skills and knowledge to make an impact on the performing arts field.

This year, we are pleased to announce that the Fund will be used to provide two full scholarships for Terri Lucas and Katy Pease to attend the Arts Midwest Conference, held in Austin, Texas, from September 9–12, 2013.

Terri Lucas is an intern with the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association in Crockett, Texas. Previously, Terri worked as a K-12 music educator in the Bearden Public Schools in Bearden, Arkansas and the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts (ASMSA) in Hot Springs, Arkansas. As an independent distance educator at ASMSA, she taught music to 250 elementary students online. Terri holds bachelor’s degrees in music education and piano performance from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and a master’s degree in entertainment business from Full Sail University. At the Arts Midwest Conference, she hopes to expand her knowledge of nonprofit arts management.

Katy Pease serves as the artistic coordinator at the Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) in Houston, Texas. Much of her work with SPA consists of new business development and marketing initiatives. She holds a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing from Texas State University’s McCoy College of Business Administration. At the 2013 Arts Midwest Conference, Katy hopes to learn more about the current climate and changes within the arts administration field.

Receiving this scholarship will grant me firsthand opportunities to further explore the role of leadership in the Arts Administration field that will ultimately allow me to gain knowledge and broaden my professional performance, which I could not be more grateful of. —Katy Pease

We are looking forward to introducing Terri and Katy—if you see them at the Conference, please greet them and welcome them to the field.

If you are interested in contributing to the fund, you may donate online. Please indicate on your donation that you would like to designate the gift to the David J. Fraher Future Leaders Fund.