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News Release: McKnight hires arts program officer


March 20, 2012

The McKnight Foundation has hired Sarah Lovan as arts program officer. She will assume her new responsibilities on March 26.

Lovan has supported McKnight's program work for the past seven years. As arts program administrator since 2007, Lovan guided arts organizations throughout their inquiry process and helped connect artists to Foundation and community resources. She also played an integral collaborative role in the formation of the Foundation's current arts grantmaking guidelines and ongoing evaluation process. Prior to McKnight, Lovan worked at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where was senior development assistant before being named events and special projects coordinator.

A native Minnesotan, Lovan received her Bachelor of Arts degree in cultural studies and comparative literature with an emphasis in music from the University of Minnesota. While at MCAD, she studied design, drawing, and photography. She is a National Arts Strategies' Future Leadership Program fellow and a member of Grantmakers in the Arts. As a panelist for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Lovan evaluated proposals with regard to MRAC's funding criteria. Lovan also brings an artist's perspective to the job as a former professional musician.

McKnight's arts program goal is to support an environment in which artists are valued leaders in our community, with access to the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. In 2011, approximately 10% (roughly $9 million) of McKnight's total payout went to support this goal.

ABOUT THE MCKNIGHT FOUNDATION

The McKnight Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, coalition-building, and encouragement of strategic policy reform. Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Minnesota-based Foundation had assets of approximately $1.9 billion and granted about $91 million in 2011.