The 2013 USUAF Executive Committee includes:
Kerry Adams-Hapner, USUAF Acting President
Director, City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, San Jose, CA
Roberto Bedoya, At-Large Member
Executive Director, Tucson Pima Arts Council, Tucson, AZ
Jonathan Glus, At-Large Member
CEO, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston, TX
Felix Padron, At-Large Member
Director, City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs, San Antonio, TX
Mitch Swain, At-Large Member
CEO, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Pittsburgh, PA
USUAF Executive Committee members have several opportunities to advocate, network, and meet with other chief executives to discuss the social, educational, and economic impact of the arts in their regions. Through…
- Establishing and exchanging information around innovation in the field in the area of public policy, programming, outreach, arts education, and fundraising by sharing best practices.
- Sharing best practices on risk-taking that generate meaningful public and private sector policies that collectively strengthen local communities in the United States.
- Acting as advocates on urban arts issues on local, state, and national levels to bring awareness of local arts agencies and the value of the arts.
- Doing the above to ensure that the arts thrive in America.
- One year term
- The representative to USUAF must be the local arts agency Executive Director
- Must be employed by a full service agency local arts agency (LAA) that represents one of the 60 largest cities by population size, providing an array of the following services: competitive grantmaking, public art, technical assistance, facilities management, arts education programs, cultural tourism programs, and other services.
Must be a professional member of Americans for the Arts, as either individuals or staff receiving benefits from a member organization.
- To retrieve your Member ID number or join, please login to your Americans for the Arts account.
- If you are unsure about your member status, please contact Membership at email@example.com or 202.371.2830.
- Maintain their membership throughout the course of their tenure with USUAF’s Executive Committee
- The Executive Committee meets on a regular basis, through monthly or semi-monthly conference calls, as well as two mandatory in-person meetings. An Americans for the Arts staff liaison must be present on all calls and be present at all in-person meetings.
Executive Committee members are responsible for their airfare and accommodations at both in-person meetings. Last year, travel expenses for both in-person meetings for each council member were estimated at $3,000.
- The winter meeting is held sometime in January or February, after the new council members’ term begins. The location is determined by each council, and each person is responsible for their travel and lodging costs.
- The June in-person meeting is held usually the day before the opening of the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention. Executive Committee members are responsible for their travel and accommodation costs, including the cost of registration to the Annual Convention.
Election Process and Diversity Initiative
Americans for the Arts supports the development, expression, and preservation of art and culture of all communities, groups and individuals. We work to ensure that diverse populations throughout the U.S. have opportunities to appreciate and value the arts and to participate. To find out more about the Americans for the Arts Diversity Statement, please click here.
The Executive Committee will include a cross section of members representing a diverse range of age, gender, ethnicity, geographical area, and level of experience in the field. To ensure this commitment to diversity, the council elections process will include a combination of member voting and council appointing to elect new council members. Please contact your council leader for more information.