Dave Lawrence, President & CEO
As the city's chief advocate for the arts, Dave directs all aspects of the Arts Council of Indianapolis including arts advocacy and arts policy development, strategic planning and implementation, arts funding programs, and marketing and outreach initiatives. Under his leadership, ACI launched new marketing and arts education initiatives, opened Gallery 924, created a citywide murals initiative, 46 for XLVI, launched the Any Given Child Indy arts education initiative, and created three new artist fellowship programs.
Dave’s community engagement includes service on the boards of Visit Indy and the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, as well as membership on the host and local organizing committees for the Super Bowl XLVI, the 2015 NCAA Men’s’ Final Four, the 2016 US Conference of Mayors, and the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Through Dave’s leadership, the Arts Council was the recipient of a 2012 NUVO Cultural Vision Award. Additionally, Dave was a founding member of Americans for the Arts’ Emerging Leaders Council, a member of Class XXIX of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, and a frequent national grants panelist including most recently for the National Endowment for the Arts. Dave holds a B.A. in Communication from DePauw University.
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