Arts Midwest is pleased to announce the promotion of two long-term employees to vice-presidential positions, effective immediately. Colleen McLaughlin, currently the organization’s Director of External Relations, will assume new duties as the Vice-President for Advancement. And current Senior Program Director, Adam Perry, will become Arts Midwest’s Vice President for Strategy and Programs.
I am thrilled to welcome these two remarkable individuals to Arts Midwest’s leadership team. Their knowledge of our programs, constituents, and partners, combined with their deep commitment to Arts Midwest’s culture of service and curiosity, will enrich our work in the years ahead. I’m truly excited to be expanding our already strong work together as they each assume their new responsibilities.
– President & CEO David Fraher
Colleen McLaughlin, Vice President for Advancement
Born and raised in Southern California, Colleen McLaughlin has always had a passion for the arts that stems back to when she and her mother would attend performances at the Children’s Theater. From performing in high school plays, to being an eager audience member, she has spent her life as an admirer and advocate for the arts.
Following her undergraduate degree, Colleen decided to go into the business side of the arts field, earning her graduate degree in Arts Administration at St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis. During her graduate program, Colleen was selected as the first arts administrator in residence for the first International Children’s Festival presented by Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. From there, Colleen began her career in development by managing key institutional relationships for the Ordway and eventually acting as the interim Development Director.
In 2005, Colleen began her tenure at Arts Midwest when she was hired as its first full time development director. Over the last twelve years, Colleen has led the successful growth of the Arts Midwest fundraising program, and is responsible for overseeing all individual, institutional, and government related giving activities. In 2011, her role at Arts Midwest expanded to include providing oversight for all organizational and programmatic communications strategies.
In her current role as Director of External Relations, Colleen serves on the staff leadership team, and collaborates regularly with the organization’s Board of Directors. Colleen currently serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and is an alumni member the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s James P. Shannon Leadership Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree from the College of St. Benedict and Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from St. Mary’s University.
Adam Perry, Vice President for Strategy & Programs
2017 marks the Adam Perry’s 20th year of professional service in the Twin Cities creative sector. In 1997, Adam joined the Ordway Center for Performing Arts as a Programming Assistant. While at the Ordway, he grew to the posiiton of Producing and Contract Manager and was part of the producing team for the celebrated Ordway original Broadway series productions and national tours. In 2004, Adam moved “across the river” to Minneapolis to join the leadership team in the Central Region Office of Live Nation/Broadway Across America. As Director of Operations, Adam led business and operational planning and execution of for touring Broadway subscription series in the Minneapolis, Minnesota and Appleton and Milwaukee, Wisconsin markets.
Adam began his Arts Midwest career in 2006 as a Senior Advisor producing a documentary film based on Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, a major initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. During his time as a Senior Program Director at Arts Midwest, he has overseen the creation of six educational documentary films for the NEA National Initiative The Big Read and served as program director for The Big Read Egypt/U.S., a collaborative Global Cultural Initiative project of U.S. Department of State, National Endowment for the Arts, and U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Most recently, Adam directed Caravanserai: A place where cultures meet, a groundbreaking five-year international creative peace-making project that connected performing and film artists from Muslim cultures around the world in shared arts experiences with audiences in communities across the United States.
A Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow, Adam has served multiple terms on the boards of VSA Minnesota and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid. Adam holds a B.A. in Political Science and Theatre from Wittenberg University, an M.A. in Theatre History, Literature, Theory and Criticism from The Ohio State University, and an Executive Scholar Certification in Non-Profit Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
About Arts Midwest
Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six nonprofit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 30 years.