“Janet possesses a unique combination of media and marketing experience,” said Mintz. “She is a collaborator, storyteller and visionary with a commitment to the arts, cultural organizations and our communities.”
Gibson graduated from Seventy-First High School, and went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, with a Concentration in Theater and Speech, from the University of South Carolina. She’s worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines from Texas to Washington, D.C. and North Carolina to Florida.
She co-owned, published and edited a high-end lifestyle magazine in Sarasota, Fla., before family brought her back to Fayetteville in October 2003. Media and corporate marketing jobs followed, including The Fayetteville Observer. Gibson has led newspaper, magazine and marketing teams to international, national and state awards.
“The common thread during my career ... indeed, my life, has been a passion and promotion of visual, performing and literary artists,” Gibson said. “I’m honored to join an organization that’s a beacon for cultural groups and individual artists."
"The mission," she added, "is far-reaching — building quality of life not only through Fourth Fridays, A Dickens Holiday, the International Folk Festival and art exhibitions, but also grant opportunities, Artists in Schools, public art, community partnerships and so much more.”
ABOUT THE ARTS COUNCIL
The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts.
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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.