Colleen McCartney Elected to Americans for the Arts’ Advisory Council

Colleen McCartney of ArtsMemphis Will Advise the Emerging Leaders Council

Press Release: Memphis, TN, (December 14, 2018) —Members of Americans for the Arts have elected Colleen McCartney as a member of their advisory council for the Emerging Leaders Council. McCartney will advise Americans for the Arts’ staff on developing programs and services that will build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership.

In the Emerging Leaders Council, McCartney will work with fellow arts leaders to assist in developing programs and resources to promote professional development and networking opportunities for emerging arts professionals nationwide.

“I have a life-long passion for art, culture and community service and my role with ArtsMemphis is a perfect fit. I am honored to be able to experience and influence the transformative power of the arts every day.”

Currently serving as the as the Grants and Initiatives Manager for ArtsMemphis, Colleen’s position allows her to serve a broad and diverse community, administering over 160 grants totaling nearly $2.5 million dollars, benefiting over 75 art organizations and artists in Shelby County. Prior to working at ArtsMemphis, she held programming and administrative positions at various museums, including the National Civil Rights Museum. Colleen holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Texas Tech University and an M.A in Applied Anthropology with a concentration in Globalization, Development and Culture and a Museum Studies certificate from the University of Memphis.

 “ArtsMemphis is honored to have one of its own serving an organization that recognizes and supports the arts on a national level through advocacy, research, networking and leadership. Colleen is passionate and enthusiastic and our community will certainly benefit from her appointment to the Emerging Leaders Council,” said Elizabeth Rouse, president and CEO of ArtsMemphis.

Potential council members were nominated in September and were voted on by members of Americans for the Arts through November 16, 2018. McCartney will serve a three-year term, from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021.

 “I am pleased to welcome these new members to our advisory council,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Americans for the Arts strives to cultivate the next generation of arts leaders in America, and these leaders are willing to dedicate their time and expertise to work with peers across the country to shape national programs and messages and help craft services for states, communities, and local organizations. I applaud them for their valued contribution and commitment that will undoubtedly improve the state of arts in America.”

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 55 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at


About ArtsMemphis:

For more than 50 years, ArtsMemphis has been sustaining Memphis's world-renowned cultural vitality.  ArtsMemphis achieves this mission by amplifying awareness, driving support, and building capacity and connections of artists and organizations through grants and services.  In 2018, ArtsMemphis awarded nearly $2.5 million in grants to 75 local arts groups and artists.  For more information, visit

For inquiries or additional information, please contact Josie Ballin, Director of Marketing and Donor Engagement for ArtsMemphis, at 901-341-0401 or [email protected]

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