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Artown hires development director



Fundraising and grants professional Susan Zeiter joins Artown as director of development filling a role that will help to fund the organization’s month-long Artown festival each July. In her new position, Zeiter will work to secure grant and sponsorship funding for Artown as well as work with existing sponsors and funding partners to maximize opportunities.

“With nearly 60 percent of Artown’s July events free and many more low-cost, funding the annual festival has always been a priority,” Artown Executive Director Beth Macmillan said. “Susan’s expertise will help us to enhance our existing partnerships with sponsors and foundations and explore new opportunities for the organization.”

Zeiter previously served as development director for Bristlecone Family Resources in Reno, Nev. She earned her MBA from the University of Sarasota in Florida and is currently president-elect of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Sierra Chapter, vice president of public relations for Toast Masters of Truckee Meadows and a member of the Nevada Grant Professionals Association.

For more information on Artown, visit www.RenoIsArtown.com or call 775-322-1538.

Honored by the National Endowment for the Arts with the Access to Artistic Excellence grant for two consecutive years, Artown is one of the nation’s most comprehensive arts and culture festivals attracting more than 300,000 people in 2010 for a plethora of events with more than 60 percent offered free to the public. With more than 100 partners, the month-long festival takes place at venues citywide. Artown receives major funding from the City of Reno, is sponsored by U.S. Bank, Grand Sierra Resort, NV Energy, International Game Technology, Waste Management, Forever Young, JLH Inc., Basin Street Properties, Reno Gazette-Journal, KOLO 8 News Now, KTHX-FM and KNPB with additional support from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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