private sector council
Robb Hankins has spent the last 30 years directing city, county, and state arts agencies in eight different states including Wisconsin, Connecticut, California, and Oregon. He has managed annual arts campaigns, arts festivals, public art projects, arts education programs, and downtown arts districts.
Robb arrived in October 2005 to become the President & CEO of ArtsinStark, the County Arts Council. The organization called ArtsinStark today was founded in 1968 to build the Cultural Center for the Arts. Today ArtsinStark gives out grants, manages the Cultural Center, and runs the Annual Arts Campaign. Its operating budget of $2.6 million comes almost totally—99 percent—from the private sector. These dollars are either earned or raised from individuals, companies, and foundations. In May 2010, ArtsinStark’s annual campaign raised the highest amount in its 40-year history—$1,455,000. ArtsinStark’s mission is to use the arts to create smarter kids, new jobs, and healthier communities.