Dara Silver Elected to Americans for the Arts’ Advisory Council

Members of Americans for the Arts, the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, have elected Dara Silver as a member of their advisory council for the Emerging Leaders Council.  Silver will advise Americans for the Arts’ staff on developing programs and services that will build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership.

In the Emerging Leaders Council, Silver will work with fellow arts leaders to assist in developing programs and resources to promote professional development and networking opportunities for emerging arts professionals nationwide.

Dara Silver is the Senior Administrative Assistant, Special Projects, and Grant Program Manager at The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, where she has worked for the past 6 years.  She assists the President & CEO and provides support for the Board of Trustees, in addition to overseeing 7 grant programs that make over 100 awards totaling $1.8 million.  Special projects she is currently working with include American for the Arts’ Arts and Economic Prosperity Study 5, City of Winston-Salem’s STAR Community Program, and Family Services’ Family Violence Prevention Initiative.  In 2015, she received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Young Dreamers’ Award from the City of Winston-Salem’s Human Relations Commission for her efforts in making a more inclusive arts community.  This work includes reaching out to historically underserved parts of the community and non-traditional partners to ensure that Arts Council grant applicants and panelists mirror those of the whole community.

“Americans for the Arts strives to cultivate the next generation of arts leaders in America, and I am pleased to welcome Dara Silver to our advisory council,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “These leaders are willing to dedicate their time and expertise to work with peers across the country to shape national programs and messages and help craft services for states, communities, and local organizations. I applaud Ms. Silver for her valued contribution and commitment that will undoubtedly improve the state of arts in America.”

Potential council members were nominated in mid-September and were voted on by members of Americans for the Arts through November 14, 2016. Silver will serve a three-year term, from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2020.

“I’m looking forward to working with young arts professional from around the country on ways we can enhance professional development for the next generation of arts professionals to lead the arts sector in our changing communities,” said Dara Silver.

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.


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