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Artown Executive Director elected as Western Art Alliance’s Vice President


Artown Executive Director Beth Macmillan was recently elected Vice President of the board of directors for the Western Arts Alliance during the organization’s annual Arts Alliance convention in Denver.

The Western Arts Alliance is a membership organization of touring and performing arts professionals.  Serving members since 1967, WAA’s annual booking conference and its year-round programs are essential for artists, artist managers, presenters and other performing arts professionals in the west. More than 680 artists, managers, presenters, arts service organizations and state arts agencies know WAA as a trusted and vital arts resource.

Macmillan will serve two years as Vice President and is scheduled to move up to President of the organization in 2015.

“Being elected Vice President of WAA is quite an honor and says a lot about how Artown is viewed on a national level,” Macmillan said. “Representing Artown and Reno on this national level, elevates the festivals prestige and will allow this organization to continue to bring in national caliber acts and performances.”

Macmillan has served as Executive Director of Artown since 2003 and during that time has lead the organization’s growth of the July festival, introduced the Encore series and the development of the annual giving campaign, “Give $3 to Keep Artown Free.” Artown is the recipient of five consecutive National Endowment for the Arts grant awards, the only organization in the state of Nevada to achieve such notoriety.

“On behalf of Artown’s Board of Directors, we are very supportive of Beth’s role on WAA and the opportunity for her expand the awareness of Artown with some of the biggest players in the country,” Dave Aiazzi, chair of Artown’s Board of Directors.

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


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