David J. Fraher, Arts Midwest

TITLE: President & CEO

FUNDING AREAS: Theater, music, dance, visual arts

CONTACT: David@ArtsMidwest.org, (612) 341-0755 ext. 8024

PROFILE: David Fraher is president and chief executive officer of Arts Midwest. His bio on the organizaiton's website articulates his role there:

David is responsible for successfully directing Arts Midwest, including program conception and general implementation, financial oversight, and future planning. He works closely with Arts Midwest's board of directors and board committees in accomplishing these activities, and is active in recruiting new board members. David also spearheads fund raising and is the main public representative for Arts Midwest to our member state arts agencies and other arts organizations.

Fraher's own LinkedIn page bio shares his proessional history:

For 28 years, David has been the CEO of Arts Midwest, having led a merger of the Affiliated State Arts Agencies of the Upper Midwest with Great Lakes Arts Alliance, creating the new and larger entity. Arts Midwest's programs—including performances by theater, dance, and music ensembles; arts educational activities; exhibitions; and conferences—reach close to a million people across the Midwest and the nation.

In addition, Fraher has led Arts Midwest in building an array of international partnership programs which directly link Americans to the many cultures of the world. Current or recent partnerships have been established with governments and arts organizations in Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey, Israel, the People’s Republic of China, Egypt, Japan, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Morocco.

Prior to his Arts Midwest tenure, Fraher was Executive Director for the Wyoming Council on the Arts, and worked as an independent consultant for the Western States Arts Federation in Santa Fe, where he designed and implemented the Western States Book Awards project.

In addition to his leadership and administrative roles at Arts Midwest, David Fraher is in demand as a speaker, both in the U.S. and internationally. In the past two decades, he has served on the Boards of the Alliance of Artists Communities (current), as well as Western States Arts Federation; BOA Editions, Inc.; Hennepin Center for the Arts; the Laramie County Arts Council; Rimon: A Project for Jewish Identity and Cultural Continuity; Link Vostok (a Minneapolis-based non-profit dedicated to nurturing dance exchanges between the U.S., Russia, and Central European countries); and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. He has been named to more than a dozen national funding and advisory panels.