Brings 20 years of fundraising experience to the position
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2012) — Michael Andrews has been named development director of the Lexington Art League (LAL), central Kentucky’s oldest and largest visual arts organization.
Andrews was selected from a national pool of candidates and has recently relocated to Kentucky from North Carolina.
“Michael brings a passion for visual art, an appreciation for its economic impact and personal importance, and an understanding of crucial development issues to LAL,” said Stephanie Harris, LAL’s executive director. “We are incredibly fortunate to have him working to advance LAL’s legacy and Lexington’s arts community, and I am certain he will elevate our organization and our city to new heights.”
Before joining LAL, Andrews most recently served as director of development and marketing for McColl Center for Visual Art, a nationally renowned artist-in-residence center and business innovation institute in Charlotte, N.C. Over the past 20 years, he has worked as a public relations and fundraising professional in a variety of sectors, including arts and culture, human services, education, and environment sustainability.
Andrews’ role as development director will focus on advancing LAL’s position in central Kentucky through the procurement of additional financial support. Funds raised through the efforts of the development director allow LAL to provide art for everyone with community engagement programs, educational workshops and lectures, special visual art events, and exhibitions, most of which are offered to the community for free. Andrews’ work will also support LAL’s expansion initiative, which has a goal of establishing a permanent contemporary art presence in downtown Lexington.
“LAL has the foundation of an illustrious history with exciting plans for the future,” said Andrews. “It is an important catalyst for advancing contemporary art and creativity in Lexington and beyond, and I am pleased to be a part of this unique and inspiring arts movement.”