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Cultural Council announces new Executive Director

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville announces the appointment of Kim Bergeron as its new executive director. Her anticipated start date is November 1, 2013.

Bergeron comes to Jacksonville with a strong background in arts administration, fundraising, event planning, advertising and media design. Bergeron previously served as the Director of Cultural & Public Affairs for the City of Slidell, Louisiana. In this role, Bergeron curated regional exhibitions for the city-owned gallery, established a 501(c)3 dedicated to fundraising for city programming, created a sponsorship program for the City of Slidell and forged a partnership with the New Orleans Museum of Art to bring in the works of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol.

Professional honors include the National League of Cities Gold Award, multiple recognitions from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association and over 15 ADDY awards from American Advertising Federation. She was recently named by New Orleans City Business Magazine as one of its 50 Business Women of the Year. Bergeron holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

“I’m looking forward to joining the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville team and working together to continue to grow the arts in the metropolitan area” Bergeron said. “The arts are such an integral part of a city’s identity, enhancing quality of life and serving as an economic engine. The opportunity to share my passion for the arts and long term vision in a city that’s equally committed is exciting and inspiring. Jacksonville has such tremendous potential to become a major arts destination, and I’m looking forward to working with the many agencies and organizations that collectively can make that a reality.”

An external executive search firm and a search committee consisting of Cultural Council board members and community representatives conducted the selection process. Bergeron was the unanimous choice of the committee from over 120 professionals who submitted resumes. Robert Arleigh White, who retired from the position on September 30, formerly held the role.

Cultural Council board member Abel Harding served on the search committee. “The committee was wowed by all Kim has achieved in her previous roles” said Harding. “She brings a passion and energy to Jacksonville that will propel the Cultural Council to new heights as we strive to make Jacksonville a beacon for arts and culture. We’re thrilled to have her on board.”


About the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville champions the appreciation, relevance and expression of art and culture. The Council stewards the City of Jacksonville’s annual appropriation to the arts, contributes to economic vitality through art and culture initiatives, and leads advocacy efforts to demonstrate the impact and significance of culture in the community. The Cultural Council is sponsored in part by the City of Jacksonville, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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