Arts And Education Council Welcomes Four New Board Members

The Arts and Education Council announced today that four members of the St. Louis community have been elected to the organization's board of directors. Curtis Cassel, Deanna Hohman, David Weiss and Keith Tyrone Williams were each elected to a three-year term beginning Jan. 1.

"On behalf of the Arts and Education Council, I'm pleased to welcome these four individuals to the board of directors. Their leadership, expertise and passion for the arts in our community will be valuable as we work to keep art happening across the St. Louis region," said Board Chair Brendan Johnson.

Curtis Cassel is owner/partner at TR,i Architects, where his school designs have won national and international awards. His support of the Saint Louis Visionary Awards honoring women in the arts was instrumental in the organization's relaunch in 2015.

Deanna Hohman is a director in the St. Louis Risk Assurance practice at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Hohman enjoys supporting the local arts community by attending theatre, live music and art exhibitions with her family.

David Weiss is counsel at Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C., where he offers clients experience in a variety of legal matters central to business and nonprofit organizations. Weiss studied theatre at Webster University and recently made a generous planned gift to the Arts and Education Council to establish a public art fund that will allow more St. Louisans to experience art in their community.

Keith Tyrone Williams teaches dance, acting and musical theatre at the Grand Center Arts Academy. He trained under the legendary dancer, choreographer and social activist Katherine Dunham at the Performing Arts Training Center (PATC) in his hometown of East St. Louis in the 1970s before a successful career on Broadway. Williams was recognized as Art Educator of the Year by the Arts and Education Council at the 2018 St. Louis Arts Awards.

For more information about the Arts and Education Council and a complete list of the board of directors, visit KeepArtHappening.org.

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