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Deborah Martin Mintz to retire in 2019: national search underway

Deborah Martin Mintz
(Fayetteville, NC) August 27, 2018 — Deborah Martin Mintz, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, announces that she will retire in early 2019. Martin Mintz has worked with the Arts Council for more than 24 years, serving as Executive Director for 17 of them.

“I am honored to have served this community through the Arts and Arts Council for over two decades. The Arts Council is a catalyst for creative change, and I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a part of it,” says Martin Mintz.

A national search is underway to fill Martin Mintz’s position, headed by Raffa, PC, a Washington, D.C.-based firm with a mission to help find, support and guide nonprofit leaders and sustain effective, vital organizations.

David Phillips, a Fayetteville attorney and President of the Board of Trustees for the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, says: “Deborah’s many years of progressive leadership, vision, management, and operation of the Arts Council has firmly established the organization as a premier nonprofit arts agency in our community and one of the best in the state of North Carolina.”

Jean Moore, a local businesswoman and Vice President of the agency’s Board, adds, “The Arts Council is fortunate to have had Deborah’s leadership for so many years. She has worked tirelessly to make this community – and this state – a place where arts and culture thrive. Her vision and passion have taken this Arts Council to a level where Fayetteville is recognized as one of the strongest arts communities in North Carolina.”

“A Dickens Holiday, Fourth Fridays, International Folk Festival, a multitude of public projects – so many popular events and programs were started or expanded during her tenure.”

According to Moore, “Our next Executive Director will inherit an agency with a talented staff, stable funding, strong management practices and a dedicated Board. I expect we will attract numerous highly qualified candidates from around the country. Deborah will be a tough act to follow, but she leaves a very solid and attractive stage for the next person.”

Founded in 1973 by a group of local visionaries, the Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts. The Arts Council organizes and produces the International Folk Festival and A Dickens Holiday; spearheads public art initiatives in the community; administers grants and project support for both arts and cultural groups and individual artists; and oversees the extensive Artists in Schools program in Cumberland County and Fort Bragg. The Arts Council also is known for creating innovative exhibitions throughout the year in their Gallery at the Arts Center, 301 Hay Street in downtown Fayetteville.

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The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.