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Sandra L. Gibson

In June of 2000, Sandra L. Gibson was appointed President & CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters). Since that time, Gibson has been instrumental in positioning the association to take on a leadership role in the field of performing arts presenting. Guiding the organization through the approval of a new vision, values and mission statement, Gibson recognized the need for an assessment of the field of performing arts presenting. In 2001, Arts Presenters joined with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to sponsor the first nationwide survey of the performing arts field. The results of that assessment culminated in a position paper titled "Toward Cultural Interdependence" and a Call to Action to Arts Presenters members in January 2002. The call to action rallied the management of performing arts organizations and institutions to take up the leadership roles in their communities and to recognize the role of arts in American life. Gibsonís experience in arts presenting and cultural programming began with her tenure with the American Film Institute (AFI) where she held a number of senior level programming and operational positions.

At AFI, Gibsonís accomplishments, such as managing a seven-acre, four building campus with a $10.9 million budget and successfully running the Independent Filmmaker and Distribution Program, an NEA re-granting program, proved her abilities as an innovative manager and leader. Immediately prior to joining Arts Presenters, Gibson was recruited by Lynch for the position of Executive Vice President and COO at the newly formed Americans for the Arts. Gibson formal education began at Wittenberg University where her passion for music motivated her to pursue a B.M.E. in Music Education/Instrumental Music Performance. From there, Gibson received a M.A. in Historical Musicology from Northwestern University and completed doctoral work at UCLA.


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