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News Release

Jennifer McEwen Elected to Americans for the Arts' Advisory Council

Release Date: December 23, 2019

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Carolyn Grant email icon , Communications Director, 843-341-4689

Jennifer McEwen Elected to Americans for the Arts' Advisory Council
McEwen of the Town of Hilton Head Island’s Office of Cultural Affairs Will Advise the Private Sector Council

Members of Americans for the Arts have elected Jennifer McEwen as a member of their advisory council for the Private Sector Council.

McEwen, Director of Cultural Affairs for the Town of Hilton Head Island, will advise Americans for the Arts' staff on developing programs and services that will build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership. In the Private Sector Council, McEwen will work with fellow arts leaders to develop and implement private-sector advocacy programs and serve as leaders to other local arts agencies seeking to connect with the private sector.

McEwen came to Hilton Head Island in 2017 to launch the Town of Hilton Head Island’s first Office of Cultural Affairs. Since then, she has developed and enacted strategies around using arts to expand the creative economy with a focus on increasing education offerings, improving the quality of life for residents through creative placemaking activities, and supporting cultural tourism efforts.

"I'm thrilled for the chance to connect with leaders from across the country to identify and implement strategies and goals to expand creative economy opportunities both regionally and nationally," McEwen said.

"I am pleased to welcome Jennifer and other new members to our advisory council," said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. "Americans for the Arts strives to cultivate the next generation of arts leaders in America, and these leaders are willing to dedicate their time and expertise to work with peers across the country to shape national programs and messages and help craft services for states, communities, and local organizations. I applaud them for their valued contribution and commitment that will undoubtedly improve the state of arts in America."

Potential council members were nominated in September and were voted on by members of Americans for the Arts through November 15, 2019. McEwen will serve a two-year term, from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021.

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 55 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.