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Following an extensive nationwide search Arts Alliance Illinois announced today that Claire Rice has been named new Executive Director.
“Claire is a collaborative and strategic leader with a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector here in Illinois,” said Kassie Davis, Board Chair of Arts Alliance Illinois. “With Claire on board, we are confident that the Alliance will remain a strong and vocal advocate for the arts statewide.”
Rice brings over 18 years of professional experience in non-profit and corporate sectors, largely focused on arts education, community engagement, and cultural ecosystems. Since 2012, Rice has built capacity and resources for cultural ecosystems around the country as National Program Director of Harvard University’s Sustain Arts Project, a cultural data, research, and policy initiative.
Prior to her role with Sustain Arts, she held several roles with the University Musical Society (UMS) of the University of Michigan, including program development and implementation of over 100 annual educational and social events as Interim Director of Education and Audience Development, project management of the Royal Shakespeare Company residency, and coordination of large-scale productions including over 400 performers. Throughout her time with UMS, she built and sustained relationships with artists, students, educators, and arts and community organizations locally and nationally.
Rice holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
“I’m thrilled for this opportunity to lead Arts Alliance Illinois, as we look to the future of the arts sector and how our field can more meaningfully engage and support vibrant communities around the state,” Rice said. “I look forward to working with the board and other key stakeholders to continue to expand the impact and relevance of this critical organization, putting the arts at the center of critical conversations about the development of Illinois.”
Rice will join Arts Alliance Illinois full-time on September 19th, 2016.