Arts Midwest has announced that four individuals have received the Future Leaders’ Fund Scholarship to the 2019 Arts Midwest Conference:

• Julie Amsberry from Yankton Area Arts in Yankton;

• Kyler Flock from The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center in Spearfish;

• Claire Frederick from the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium and Highland Park Community Center Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota; and

• Mukta Sathe from Katha Dance Theatre in Crystal, Minnesota.

Since 2009, Arts Midwest has been supporting emerging arts leaders through our Future Leaders’ Scholarship program. This initiative provides early career arts administrators with behind-the-scenes access to the Arts Midwest Conference and related events and new introductions to networks of performing arts leaders.

“I want to be part of the arts administration field because I want to be part of the change and conversation around the arts,” said Frederick. “The way that art can be used as a form of social justice, community, and equality has always fascinated me.”

The Future Leaders’ Fund, established in 2009 in honor of President & CEO David Fraher’s 25th anniversary at Arts Midwest, provides the next generation of arts administrators with opportunities to participate in educational programming, build networks, and access new learning experiences within the industry. The fund has supported 23 emerging leaders at the annual Arts Midwest Conference to date, many of whom have continued to pursue careers in the arts, working at organizations such as the Iowa Arts Council in Des Moines, Iowa; the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts in Lebanon, Illinois; and the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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