FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Arts Council Board Chairman Todd Lowe has been elected to serve a three-year term on the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) board of directors. Lowe, of Louisville, has served on the Kentucky Arts Council board – and as its chairman – since 2005. He is president and founder of the investment advisory firm Parthenon LLC.

"It is a privilege to serve on the NASAA board and represent the interests of the 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies in the nation," said Lowe. "The arts contribute to and enrich the lives of all Americans in many, many ways. I will work with the board to preserve and fortify the impact our individual state arts agencies make through their work every day."

The state arts agencies elected five new members to the board in early October at NASAA Assembly 2012 in Washington, D.C., after a rigorous national nomination process.

"Todd's unique understanding and lifelong dedication to the arts is immeasurable," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "I know he will be an enormous asset to NASAA, just as he continues to be for the arts in Kentucky."

Lowe was previously senior vice president of J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons Inc., where he served as director of research, director of marketing, and equity analyst and portfolio manager. He was the past president of the Partnership for Creative Economies in Metro Louisville, is a board member and president-elect of Actors Theatre of Louisville, and is immediate past chair of the board of trustees of The Speed Art Museum. He is immediate past chair of the South Arts governing board.

After attending the University of Louisville as a music major, Lowe graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. He has experience as a professional musician, including performing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Rich Little Orchestra and Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.

"The current political and economic climate calls for strong and engaged leadership," said NASAA CEO Jonathan Katz. "These new NASAA board members bring skills and experience that will advance NASAA, foster the best interests of state arts agencies and promote the value of public funding for the arts. We are excited to begin work with this new team and we welcome their expertise and guidance."

For more information about NASAA's board members, visit NASAA 2013 Board of Directors.

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies is the membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation's state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Founded in 1968, NASAA represents their individual and collective interests, empowers their work through knowledge, and advances the arts as an essential public benefit.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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