(Fayetteville, NC) February 1, 2019 — The new President and CEO of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County has more than 30 years of experience as a nonprofit leader, including stints at arts organizations in San Francisco, Houston, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“Greg Weber was chosen after an extensive nationwide search conducted by a firm that specializes in finding the best of the best in nonprofits management,” said David Phillips, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Arts Council. “More than 100 candidates applied for the position, and both the Board and senior staff members of the Arts Council were a vital part of the selection process which spanned several months.”
Weber replaces Deborah Martin Mintz, who has been with the Arts Council for 25 years, 17 of those in the top leadership role. Mintz describes Weber as “an innovator with a keen business sense who has helped lead creative initiatives in the diverse communities that he has served.”
To ensure a smooth transition, Mintz has collaborated with Weber since the first of the year, and Weber also is spending time in Fayetteville on select dates in February and March, working with the staff in strategic planning sessions. He also is expected to meet with city officials and cultural group leaders before assuming his new position on April 1.
Weber comes to Fayetteville from Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he rose from Managing Director to General Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Tulsa Opera, Inc. Prior to Tulsa, Weber worked as the Director of Production for the San Francisco Opera Association and as Technical Director for the Houston Grand Opera Association.
He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater Technology from the University of Missouri in Kansas City and a Bachelor’s in Theatre Design and Technology from Ball State University in his native Indiana. Weber also completed a Residency in Technical Theater from the Moscow Art Theater in Russia.
Weber researched several metropolitan areas when considering a possible career move, but all arrows kept pointing back to Fayetteville. “Fayetteville is a city on the move!” he said. “Great cities are not gauged by their width or length, rather by their visions and dreams. The growth and investment attracted me, but when I visited Fayetteville, it was the passion and excitement of the people that captivated me.”
He added, “The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County has been a leader in growing this region. I am thrilled to be part of an organization where I can work to guarantee our next generation the opportunity to explore ideas, imagination and ingenuity through the arts.”
ABOUT THE ARTS COUNCIL
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.