Members of the Emerging Leaders Council of Americans for the Arts (AFTA) have elected Todd Trebour, Program Coordinator at the Arts Extension Service, as their Co-Chair for 2017-2018. AFTA is the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. As Emerging Leaders Council Co-Chair, Todd will co-lead the 15-member national council along with Brea Heidelberg of Rider University. The Council advises AFTA staff on developing programs and services that build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership. Todd is the sole representative on the Council from the New England region.
In the Emerging Leaders Council, Todd works with fellow arts leaders to assist in developing programs and resources to promote professional development and networking opportunities for emerging arts professionals nationwide.
Todd teaches in the Arts Extension Service's arts management degree and certificate programs and stewards the Arts Extension Service's Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative. Through the Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative, Todd works with community arts organizations, local cultural councils, and city planners to bring professional development training programs to artists. He also connects artists and arts-based businesses with interns at UMass-Amherst and the Five Colleges.
"Americans for the Arts strives to cultivate the next generation of arts leaders in America, and I welcome Todd Trebour as co-chair 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 Mr. Trebour for his valued contribution and commitment that will undoubtedly improve the state of arts in America.”
Todd was elected to the Emerging Leaders Council in Fall 2015 by AFTA members. Todd is currently serving a three-year term on the council, ending December 31, 2018.
“I am so pleased that Todd will be Co-Chair of the Emerging Leaders Council. Todd is uniquely positioned for this role as his day-to-day work connects him with a variety of constituents including artists, arts managers, civic leaders, and - through the University - the next generation of leaders,” said Dee Boyle-Clapp, Director of the Arts Extension Service. “This opportunity perfectly dovetails with the AES’ mission to extend the resources of the University to the larger community. I can think of no more impactful way to share Todd’s insights and gifts, than through leadership of this important national Council.”
Americans for the Arts 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.