Minnesota Citizens for the Arts announces the election of four new board members to its Board of Trustees. Joining the Board are LaTia Childers, Jon Limbacher, Kristin Makholm, and Mark Nerenhausen.
“All four of our new Board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise and energy to our work of advocating for the arts in Minnesota,” said Executive Director, Sheila Smith. “MCA’s mission is to ensure access to the arts for all Minnesotans. We work in collaboration with the legislature, Congress, and arts advocates statewide. Our new members join us at a great time, as we celebrate how the Arts have Given Back to Minnesota on the 10 Year Anniversary of the passage of the Legacy Amendment.”
This year, the legislature will be considering the next two years of arts funding. In addition, funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and other cultural agencies will be considered in Congress. The four new Board members will facilitate conversations with elected officials about the importance of the arts to Minnesota, and encourage other advocates to get involved.
LaTia Childers is a dancer who has been involved with myriad of artistic collaborations that include the Ordway, TU Dance, American College Dance Festival Association, Southern Theatre, Minnesota Dance Ensemble, 2014 Fringe Festival and many others. LaTia has danced professionally with Threads Dance Project located in Minneapolis, MN as well as Minnesota Dance Ensemble in Saint Cloud, MN.
She currently works at Loveworks Academy for Visual and Performing Arts as a Dance Teacher for K-8th graders, co-coordinator the after-school program, and Head Coach for the Cooper High School Dance Team.
Jon Limbacher Limbacher returned to the SPCO in January 2016 as Managing Director and President after a four-year stint as Chief Development Officer of The Cleveland Orchestra.
He previously had worked as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 2000 to 2012. He has helped orchestras across the country develop fundraising and patron development strategies as a consultant and has been a regular presenter for the League of American Orchestras.
Kristin Makholm is Executive Director of the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul, (now known as the M). She is a scholar in the field of art history with a BA from Northwestern University and an MA and PhD from the University of Minnesota. She worked in the curatorial field at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the St. Louis Art Museum, and Milwaukee Art Museum.
She was also Director of Galleries and Exhibitions at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design from 2004 to 2009, where she also taught art history and managed the Jerome Emerging Artists Fellowship and the McKnight Artists Fellowship Programs
Mark Nerenhausen is the President/CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust. He was the Founding Director and Professor of Practice of the Janklow Arts Leadership Program at Syracuse University. He previously served as president and CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas and led the Performing Arts Center Authority in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and has held other major arts management positions in Hawaii, Wisconsin, and Tennessee.
He has also held faculty positions at Florida International University in Miami; Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL, and Florida Atlantic University in Fort Lauderdale.