Accomplished Nonprofit Director offering 35 years+ of progressive experience in analytical and creative design. Adept at managing operations, financial administration and key program areas. Dedicated executive with 16-year progressive career in the Cultural Arts Non Profit arena. Visionary leader with proven track record of driving organizational leadership to support diverse arts social justice projects in an underserved low income community. Forward-thinking and proactive with achievements across sales, marketing, advertising and executive management. Detail-oriented President with 14 years of experience in public initiatives. Proven ability to build relationships and maintain partnerships with foundations and donors to increase overall mission support. Expands network connections by effectively determining and meeting customer needs, implementing price models and optimizing inventory control procedures. Proven success in leadership, operational excellence and organizational development with keen understanding of elements of arts event business. Recognized for inspiring management team members to excel and encouraging creative work environments. Enthusiastic director eager to contribute to team success through hard work, attention to detail and excellent organizational skills. Clear understanding of event management that includes a large number of volunteers. Motivated to learn, grow and excel in community based projects. Multi-talented, consistently rewarded for success in planning and operational project management. Experience in policy development and staff management procedures positively impacting overall morale and productivity.
Deeply concerned that neighborhood gentrification in the East Waco community through business expansion is all about greed and profit and not about also finding ways to serve the community.
The neighborhoods of East Waco – Carver and North East Riverside – are not bad neighborhoods. Good people live there, new homes have been built and many small homes are maintained to a high standard, people travel from all over the Waco region to send their children to Rapoport Academy and to eat barbecue at Tony Demaria's. But these neighborhoods don't reflect the strengths they possess. As a low income community, homes also lack needed repairs, infrastructure and community services are lacking. Over a period of 50 years the neighborhood has declined, and remaining black businesses struggle to survive. They have also become neglected due to lack of investment. Physical conditions, especially public infrastructure, reinforce a negative image of the people and the neighborhood.
With the Joanna and Chip Gaines Silos phenomenon, the west side of the Brazos River has created a fear of gentrification and displacement in the neighborhood. Because of the recent Baylor Stadium construction families were displaced and given vouchers to move to other parts of Waco. Community meetings have resulted in tempers being lost as the community feels it is being steam-rolled into gentrification with lack of hearing over many years as to the requests of the people living in the neighborhood. The challenge for this particular area of our community, the community, more policing and strong actions on crime and drugs.
Over the years our partnership with NeighborWorks Waco has worked with the community creating community forums to listen and share information of opportunities to support people in the community.
· “Storytellers” a community driven mural led by artist David Lowenstein with a grant received by Cultural Arts of Waco from Mid America Arts Alliance, offered the two organizations another opportunity to partner to bring the community together. Many memories of how East Waco once was are illustrated on the mural. This mural is on the Waco Tours itinery – the sad part guests on the tour do not get out of the bus to actually stand by the mural. Though the 118ft mural is on the East Waco Library wall the area is not considered safe. The Cultural Arts of Waco office is located on Elm Avenue and only a few steps from the mural!
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