Mont Levy New Chairman of Regional Arts Commission

August 9, 2018

Current Chairman Michael J. Scully to Stay on for One Year

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Mont Levy

St. Louis – August 8, 2018 – The Regional Arts Commission of St Louis (RAC) announces the appointment of Mont Levy to chairman of its Board of Commissioners, effective immediately. He assumes the role as outgoing Chairman Michael J. Scully completes his tenure in this key leadership position.

Levy brings a wealth of experience to the position from years of service to other local non-profit arts boards, including Opera Theatre of St Louis, Shakespeare Festival of St Louis, and Craft Alliance. Board service to other nonprofits includes the Clayton Century Foundation and the Jewish Federation of St Louis.

“Since Mont’s appointment to the Commission, he has committed himself to     the work of increasing RAC’s impact as the leading public arts funder in the region. From spearheading St Louis’ first comprehensive cultural visioning initiative to advising the Finance and Governance Committee, Mont’s leadership has been nothing short of outstanding,” said Scully. “It is comforting to know that he will be leading this amazing organization as RAC charts a new path for the future of our nonprofit arts and culture sector.”

“It’s an exciting time for RAC and St. Louis as we prepare to release our community cultural vision in September,” Levy, said. “Throughout the process, I have been impressed with the professionalism of RAC’s staff and the focused and strategic leadership of every member of the board who are working hard to make St Louis a major destination for the arts. As incoming chairman, I’m honored to serve RAC and the region.”

Levy has served on the RAC Board of Commissioners since 2017 and was appointed to the chairmanship by Mayor Lyda Krewson. Professionally, he is a wealth advisor at Buckingham Strategic Wealth, an independent member of the BAM ALLIANCE. He previously worked as vice president of finance and administration at Grand Center, Inc., a nonprofit real estate urban development organization in St. Louis.

Scully will continue to serve on the board for one additional year through the leadership transition before completing his term. Scully was appointed as RAC’s board chair by St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley in 2014.

About the Regional Arts Commission www.racstl.org

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) is at the forefront of efforts to transform St. Louis into a more vibrant, creative and economically thriving community by elevating the vitality, value and visibility of the arts. It is the largest annual funder of the arts in the region, and since its inception in 1985, RAC has awarded more than 7,000 grants totaling over $100 million to support nonprofit arts, individual artists, cultural organizations, and programs. Directed by a board of 15 commissioners appointed by the chief executives of St. Louis City and St. Louis County, RAC is a pivotal force in the continuing development and marketing of the arts in the region. Visit www.racstl.org for more information, or follow us on Facebook at Regional Arts Commission or Twitter @RACStLouis.

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