The Twin Rivers Council for the Arts (TRCA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce Janie Hanson as Interim Executive Director.

Originally from Blue Earth, MN, Janie brings over 15 years of leadership, business development and management experience in corporate, nonprofit and entrepreneurial organizations. A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and Columbia Business School, with roles at John Deere and General Electric prior to founding Connect the Grey, Croptomize and the Rural Renaissance Project in southern Minnesota. She is looking forward to serving in this critical role.

“I am excited for the opportunity to work with the Twin Rivers Board to continue building upon the hard work and vision of its staff, board, members, affiliates and donors to better understand and enhance the impact of arts and culture in the local economy and to support meaningful connections between creatives in our communities and rural areas,” says Hanson.

TRCA Board President Shannon Sinning recently accepted the resignation of Noelle Lawton who has served as Executive Director since June of 2015.

“Janie is extremely qualified to immediately fill the role. She has owned an art gallery in New York City and traveled extensively, including receiving her MBA from the prestigious Columbia University with a network of successful peers all over the globe,” says Sinning. “Janie returned to the local area for family reasons a few years ago and has been a huge TRCA supporter the entire time she has been back. The Board is confident in her leadership to help us navigate this transition and engage the team to lead the next phase for Twin Rivers.”

TRCA has a 14-year history of serving members and affiliates across the region and cultivating an atmosphere where arts and culture thrive through the collective power of creativity. One of TRCA’s most notable programs is CityArt-—a joint initiative of TRCA and the City Center Partnership in Mankato which includes the Walking Sculpture Tour, On the Go and Silo Art. Over the past year TRCA has played a critical role in the visioning, fundraising and implementation of Silo Art—the work-in-progress mural on the Ardent Mills silos by internationally recognized artist, Guido van Helten.