Prescott Park Arts Festival (PPAF) has selected Courtney Perkins as Executive Director, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will begin her tenure on May 15, 2020.
A former attorney, Ms. Perkins dedicated her career to ensuring great art reflects the community it serves. She comes to PPAF from Chicago where she spent nearly 13 years with Chiacago Sinfonietta. As the Chief Operating Officer, she worked with the CEO managing a $2.6 million nonprofit orchestra committed to innovation, diversity, equity, and inclusion in classical music. During her tenure, she won several awards, including the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions and the Spirit of Innovation Award. Ms. Perkins has also served as Director of Resource Development at the Center for Disability and Elder Law. In this role, she was responsible for leading all fundraising activities for the organization, including foundation and corporate solicitation, government-supported service contracts, and the development of an individual giving campaign.
Ms. Perkins has served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia College Chicago and DePaul University, teaching courses for emerging arts administrators and professionals in fundraising, grant writing, and arts entrepreneurship. A frequent lecturer and presenter at conferences, including for the League of American Orchestras, Ms. Perkins has curated numerous exhibits and written various publications. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in comparative literature and Italian from Indiana University at Bloomington, a master of art degree in art history, theory, and criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Juris Doctorate in law from the John Marshall Law School.
In making the announcement, Chairman of the Board of Directors John Tabor said, “We are extremely excited to welcome Courtney to the PPAF community and leverage her skills to foster our organization. Her passion for the arts and ability to build community relationships positions her well to continue providing Portsmouth with a unique place for community gatherings to share unique experiences.”
“It’s an honor to have been chosen as the new PPAF Executive Director,” said Ms. Perkins. “I consider it a true privilege and a passion to ensure everyone has access to great art, which is what drew me to the legacy of PPAF. I very much look forward to working with the PPAF team to present creative and thoughtful programming and to immersing myself in the very special community of Portsmouth and the Seacoast.”
“Congratulations to Courtney Perkins and the entire PPAF board and staff,” said ACG President Dr. Bruce D. Thibodeau. “Her dedication to enhancing communities through the arts and ability to create meaningful relationships with a broad array of stakeholders will help PPAF continue to provide financially accessible, multigenerational, high-quality family entertainment and educational events to a large and diverse audience.”