After a national search conducted by Arts Consulting Group (ACG), David B. Lawrence has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the organization announced this week. He will begin his leadership role at the 40-year-old nonprofit on August 20, based in the Council’s historic headquarters in downtown Lake Worth.
Lawrence spent almost two decades at the Arts Council of Indianapolis, serving as president and CEO for the last nine years. His arts management background includes work with Indianapolis Opera, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Clowes Memorial Hall, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indiana University Auditorium and the INB Broadway Series.
“The search committee was particularly impressed by Dave’s prior background with the arts and cultural organizations in Indianapolis, the leadership roles he held at the Arts Council and the growth of the sector under his direction,” said Bill Parmelee, vice chair of the Council’s board of directors and CFO of Oxbow Carbon. “Dave is also well respected by his peers at Americans for the Arts, Urban Arts Federation and other national organizations. He brings a passion for arts and culture, a strong strategic perspective and an infectious enthusiasm for the role he will be taking on with the Cultural Council.”
Lawrence said, “I am honored to have been chosen to lead the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, which represents one of the largest cultural sectors in the nation. The organization has a strong strategic plan and a legacy of impact. I’m excited to begin the next chapter of my arts career in ‘Florida’s Cultural Capital.’”
During his tenure at the Arts Council, Lawrence directed the organization’s efforts to create ‘46 for XLVI’ (46 murals painted throughout the city of Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis that won the 2012 NUVO Cultural Vision Award), ‘Vibrant Corridors’ (murals painted on the walls of railroad and highway underpasses), and a number of nationally acclaimed, ground-breaking artist fellowship programs, including the Transformational Impact Fellowship, the DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award, the Arts Journalism Fellowship Program and the Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship. He also partnered with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Mayor’s Office of Indianapolis and the Superintendent’s Office of Indianapolis Public Schools, to ensure that 100 percent of Indianapolis students (K-8) have equitable access to the creative arts through the “Any Given Child” program.
A graduate of DePauw University, Lawrence is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the United States Urban Arts Federation and a founding member of the national Emerging Leaders Council for Americans for the Arts. He serves on the boards of Visit Indy and the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee. Lawrence played a key role in the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission including conceiving and implementing the Fast Track Funding Program and pioneering arts infusion strategies for the city. He is a frequent national grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and served as a grant panelist for the Cultural Council in 2013.
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