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ArtsLab Senior Program Director leaving to pursue new opportunities

Arts Midwest announces the resignation of ArtsLab Senior Program Director Sharon Rodning Bash, effective March 16, 2018. Sharon has successfully led the ArtsLab program since 2006, being instrumental in its reach across our region.

Sharon Rodning Bash in the center of a circle of ArtsLab participants
Sharon leads a discussion at an ArtsLab retreat in 2014. Photo by Ackerman + Gruber.

Arts Midwest’s President and CEO David Fraher stated, “When several leaders in the Minnesota philanthropic community entrusted Arts Midwest to provide a home for ArtsLab eleven years ago, one of its greatest assets was Sharon. We are so grateful for her tireless efforts to build the learning and capacity of our region’s cultural leaders. It is safe to say Sharon’s vision and direction have directly strengthened arts organizations not only in Minnesota but in all corners of our region.”

During her tenure with Arts Midwest, ArtsLab has grown from its beginnings as a start-up pilot project to a program well-regarded throughout the upper Midwest. Over the past decade, the program has offered capacity building services through multi-month cohorts to over 200 arts and culture organizations and the communities they serve, in six states. In addition, Sharon has offered a breadth of training and development services locally, regionally and nationally.

Sharon will be departing from Arts Midwest to further develop her professional interests through independent projects that continue to assist organizations and communities find and deliver meaningful solutions to the challenges of creating a vital and sustainable future.

“It has been an honor to serve the region and Arts Midwest as we have built opportunities for arts and culture to thrive in community. I especially thank the hundreds of passionate leaders who work so tirelessly to improve their communities. It has been a pleasure working with you through ArtsLab.”

Arts Midwest has already begun work on developing a plan for this transition. “We are grateful Sharon has provided us a significant amount of time to arrange a smooth transition that will guarantee ArtsLab’s continued success in the months and years ahead,” said Fraher.

To keep informed about Arts Midwest and ArtsLab and its upcoming programs, please contact [email protected].

About ArtsLab

ArtsLab strengthens the impact of arts organizations in urban and rural communities through leadership and strategy development. A training and mentorship program for artists and arts leaders, ArtsLab uses a highly-participatory process that combines guided group learning and individual coaching. ArtsLab participants assess critical needs, articulate their relevance to their communities, and build leadership practices that are both risk-taking and strategic through intensive courses designed to support the development of healthy business models and build cross-sector relationships. Learn more about the current, past and future courses and how you can get involved by visiting the artslab.artsmidwest.org/

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. For more information, visit artsmidwest.org.