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☷ Fayetteville Arkansas - Joanna Bell selected for Arts and Culture Director 01 July 2022★★★ ( news )
Fayetteville , state Arkansas ( By Press Release office)
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July 1 , 2022
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Joanna Bell selected for Arts and Culture Director
FAYETTEVILLE , Ark . — The City of Fayetteville has selected Joanna Bell to serve as the city’s Arts and Culture Director . In this new position , Bell will lead planning efforts for the city’s first Arts and Culture Plan that will guide project and programming implementation moving forward .
The position is housed with the Parks , Natural Resource and Cultural Affairs Department . She begins her new role July 25 .
Bell comes to the City from TheatreSquared , one of Fayetteville’s cultural anchors , where she was director of marketing and communications . Previously , she served as director of programs for the American Theatre Wing , a New York City - based organization that founded the Tony Awards . In that role , she oversaw programs ranging from grants , awards , professional development initiatives , Emmy - nominated media productions and national partnerships .
Bell holds a master’s degree in arts administration from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in English and theatre from James Madison University .
“I am thrilled to have been selected to serve as Fayetteville’s first Arts and Culture Director , ” Bell said . “I have been fortunate to be a part of our city’s remarkable growth and have personally experienced Fayetteville’s commitment to creating a sense of place and fostering artistic expression . Now , I’m looking forward to working with the Parks team , the City Council , the Mayor and all stakeholders across the region to chart a path to strategically grow , strengthen and enhance our investment in the arts and culture ecology that is such an integral part of our community . ”
Parks , Natural Resources and Culture Affairs Director Alison Jumper said , “We are excited to work with Joanna in this newly created role where she will lead arts and culture planning for the city . Fayetteville already has a strong foundation , and we are thrilled to begin building upon it . ”
The Arts and Culture Director will be the liaison to the Creative Arkansas Community Hub and Exchange ( CACHE ) , the regional arts service organization focused on building the capacity of arts and culture organizations to showcase Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas as a premier destination for the arts with the goal of encouraging additional public support and cultural tourism .
For more information about the City’s Parks , Natural Resources and Cultural Affairs Department , please visit
https://www . fayetteville - ar . gov/4082/Parks - Recreation
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