Lexington, Kentucky (PRWEB) February 03, 2014
LexArts, Lexington's community arts organization, announced today that it is initiating the search process for the successor to Jim Clark, who has served as LexArts President and CEO since 2002 and will retire June 30th.
LexArts has begun the process of forming a dedicated 9-person search committee, as well as hiring an executive search firm. The search committee, chaired by David Smith of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, will be comprised of five existing LexArts board members - three from its executive committee and two at large board members; two members from LexArts partner organizations; a local artist or educator and a representative of the city government. The LexArts executive committee will select the search firm. LexArts hopes to have both the search committee in place and a search firm engaged no later than March 1 of this year.
John Long, Board Chairman of LexArts, noted, "Our attitude toward this search is aspirational in nature. Jim Clark took us to a new level and we want our next leader to take us even further. Part of this process includes an assessment of successes in other cities and long term goals and standards for our community. We want to ensure that our choices both sustain the gains from Jim's leadership and further invigorate our arts community in a way that enhances our quality of life and makes Lexington an even more attractive destination."
As to the timing of an appointment, Mr. Long added, "Ideally we will have a seamless transition - but it's more important to find the right person than to hit a short term deadline, so I wouldn't dismiss the possibility of an interim director if our search goes beyond July 1st. In the meantime we encourage Lexington's citizens and corporations to give generously to this spring's Fund for the Arts campaign. It has never been more important."
LexArts is a nonprofit community organization that works for the development of a strong and vibrant arts community as a means of enhancing the quality of life in central Kentucky. Through its annual Fund for the Arts, LexArts raises millions of dollars in support of local arts. In turn, LexArts underwrites the operating expenses for a variety of Partner Organizations, awards grants through its Community Arts Development, Creative Venture Fund and Professional Development programs, and offers affordable exhibition and performance space for arts organizations. Major support for LexArts programs and services is provided by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to LexArts with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.