The Arts Federation (TAF) held its 2022 Annual Meeting on March 28. Individual members and representatives from member organizations joined TAF's staff and board for the annual presentations and elections via Zoom.
TAF's Chief Executive Officer Tetia Lee opened the meeting with a land acknowledgement honoring "the many legacies that bring us together here today," and recognized the Indigenous peoples whose land we currently occupy as well as the ancestors and descendants of enslaved Africans brought to these lands hundreds of years ago. "It is on their backs this country was built and on their shoulders we now stand."
FY21 Annual Report
Lee continued the meeting by presenting an overview of the organization's operations between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021: "In FY21, TAF reaffirmed its commitment and prioritization of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the fabric of the organization. DEI will continue to guide the organization forward in its leadership, programming, services, and advocacy."
TAF's Treasurer Laura Kendall also gave an overview of the organization's financial performance over the past year, applauding TAF's ability to remain financially stable while continuing to expand its programs and services to the region. For specific facts and figures, see pages 5-7 of TAF's FY21 Annual Report.
Board Member Elections
Melissa Gruver, outgoing board member and Governance Committee Chair, acknowledged board members who were continuing their service and presented a list of five new nominees who were elected to TAF's board following a unanimous vote. Officers were also elected during the meeting, and the new board list is below.
Newly-Elected Board Members
Many thanks to Mel for 6 years of service on TAF’s Board of Directors!
Continuing Board Service
Stepheney Bible, V.P. Engagement
David Huhnke, President
David Stein, V.P. Sustainability
Blake Walberts, Secretary
Lorie Amick Selected for 2022 Suzanne Stafford Memorial Award
Trudi Wildfeuer, the 2021 recipient of the Stafford Award, made the announcement that Lorie Amick was selected to receive this year's award: "Our recipient of this year’s Stafford award has worked within the arts for decades. They have made considerable contributions to the arts both privately and publicly. They have founded groups, established fundraising efforts for arts and non-arts entities, and volunteered to lead organizations in their greatest times of need. They have served on the board of not-for-profit organizations and have left an impression that the community continues to benefit. A Lafayette native, they are proud to call Indiana home. Please help me in celebrating our 2022 Suzanne Stafford Memorial Award winner, Lorie Amick."
Thanks to everyone who attended the March 28 meeting!