Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Texas Cultural Trust Appoints Executive Director

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 Texas Cultural Trust Gets New Leader
Jennifer Ransom Rice Steps Up as Executive Director

The Texas Cultural Trust—a nonprofit organization that since 1995 has promoted the importance of the arts in educating our children and sustaining our vibrant Texas economy—today announces that Jennifer Ransom Rice has been selected as the new executive director, effective July 15. She assumes this role following Amy Barbee, who stepped down after nine of the most fruitful and visible years in the Trust’s 18 year history. Most recently, Rice served as development director of the Trust, following 12-years experience at the State Capitol.

As executive director of the Texas Cultural Trust, Rice will continue to work to advocate for the arts in Texas, focusing on economic development and arts education, and bringing awareness of the arts to policy makers and elected officials. She will continue her involvement with the well-known biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards, as well as the other diverse programs of the Trust.

“Jennifer has been an invaluable resource to the Trust since joining the organization almost four years ago,” said Karen Oswalt, Chair of the Texas Cultural Trust Board of Directors. “Her leadership and commitment to the Trust has raised the standard in stakeholder cultivation in the organization and we are thrilled to have her take the helm with this new challenge.”

Rice brings to the role decades of leadership in both her professional career and in her community involvement. Having served as chief of staff to State Senator Florence Shapiro and communications director for the State Comptroller, Rice brings a network of contacts and legislative knowledge that serves the Trust’s mission well. Further, she has taken the lead in many volunteer positions for numerous community organizations and efforts, particularly the arts, through her involvement with Art Alliance Austin, Texas Performing Arts, Zach Theatre, and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum.

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