LexArts appoints interim president & CEO

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Ame Sweetall

LEXINGTON, Ky. — LexArts announced Monday the appointment of Ame Sweetall to lead the arts funding and advocacy organization as interim president & CEO.

Sweetall is co-owner of APS Communications, an integrated marketing and consulting firm offering a combination of design, advertising, marketing, website development and promotional advertising. In addition to her role at APS, she specializes in transitional leadership, and most recently served as interim director of God’s Pantry Food Bank. Her prior experience also includes fund development at Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

“Lexington’s diverse arts community contributes greatly to our quality of life,” Sweetall said. “I am honored to be the board’s choice to lead LexArts through this important transition to ensure its continued success. I am excited to have the opportunity and am committed to the vitality of this organization that has spent nearly a half century growing, supporting and advocating for the vibrant arts community in and around Lexington.”

“LexArts is pleased to welcome Ame to our organization,” said John Cioci, LexArts chairman of the board. “She brings strong leadership experience, along with excellent fundraising acumen and non-profit expertise to the table. Her strategic thinking and collaborative skill sets are perfectly suited to guide the organization in the near term.”

Sweetall succeeds Nan Plummer who resigned last month to become executive director of The Treeline Conservancy in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Cioci said, “Nan Plummer’s leadership has elevated the LexArts brand and has created a transformation in the LexArts mission of promoting quality arts experiences for the benefit of the people in Central Kentucky. We thank her for her commitment and the important role she played in shaping and achieving the innumerable accomplishments of LexArts.”

The board of directors will soon begin a search for a permanent successor to Plummer.

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