Downtown Artery Hires Andrew Schneider as New Managing Director

(Schneider pictures above with Julie Sutter, The Music District (left) and Dani Grant, Mishawaka Amphitheatre 

Co-founding Managing Director Amy Bradley to stay on as Board Member

Fort Collins, Colo. March 22, 2018 -- The Downtown Artery, a 14,000-square-foot arts hub in downtown Fort Collins, has hired Andrew Schneider as managing director, to lead the organization through a period of growth and transformation, the organization announced today. Downtown Artery was recognized earlier this month by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts for outstanding partnerships and engagements with the arts — familiar territory for Schneider, who will also continue working in the nonprofit space through Create Places, an economic and workforce development nonprofit he co-founded. Create Places provides support to increase creative and arts-related employment in Northern Colorado through initiatives like Techstars Startup Week Fort Collins, Artup Week Fort Collins, Open Streets, North Fort Neighborhood Connections, and others. Downtown Artery co-founder and current Managing Director Amy Bradley will remain on the board of directors as she pursues opportunities that will allow her to spread the vision and philosophy of the Downtown Artery to other communities.

“I am fortunate to join a wonderful, dedicated team at Downtown Artery and I’m thrilled to work with them. Amy has been amazing and will be sorely missed in the day-to-day operations. I’ve had the pleasure of partnering with Amy on a broad range of projects over the years and look forward to the next chapter in our relationship—as her star continues ascending,” Schneider said.

"We have appreciated the many contributors to our journey and are excited for our future. We are continuing to explore the best organizational structure – staying as an LLC with an eye towards becoming a B Corp or ESOP versus transitioning into a nonprofit. Andrew is uniquely gifted to help the organization discern the best path forward. We retain our vision of a vibrant community where art is valued, artists are empowered, and creativity is sparked,” said Downtown Artery Board Chair Kent Bradley.

After 14 years away, Schneider moved back to Fort Collins in 2008 to escape the saturated creative market of Los Angeles. In the short span of the last three years, he has transitioned from a creative entrepreneur and artist with a passion for community development to a full time organizer and evangelist for the power of arts, culture, and creativity to serve the community’s interests. His work has earned him distinction as one of BizWest’s 40 Under Forty rising regional leaders (2016), as well as the attention of the state Office of Economic Development and International Trade—earning him a seat at the Colorado Change Leader Institute.

“Andrew is a vibrant member of a growing statewide network of leaders using creativity to change their communities for the better," said Margaret Hunt, Executive Director of Colorado Creative Industries. Schneider will speak at two sessions on May 10 as part of the 2018 Creative Industries Summit — the premier annual convening for Colorado Creatives to connect, learn and get inspired. In addition to presenting on his work and the Change Leader Program, he will join the Colorado Office of Film, Television, and Media to speak about the Northern Colorado media ecosystem and present a program of music videos from the Northern Colorado Music + Video Cluster (NoCoMuVi). Find summit details and registration at https://coloradocreativeindustries.org/summit/.

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ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN ARTERY
The Downtown Artery began in response to a perceived need for a safe and inviting place for creatives to collaborate and the community to participate (run by artists – for artists). The founders believed that the ability to express ourselves through visual and performing art is an important part of human experience that breathes life and vitality into a community. The name Artery suggests that the lifeblood of any community is the arts and the creative nature in each of us. Find more information at http://downtownartery.com.

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