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Arts Midwest Welcomes Two Midwest Leaders to Board of Directors

by Emma Bohmann

Side by side headshots of Board members Ailithir McGill and Kendra Whitlock
Ailithir McGill and Kendra Whitlock Ingram. Photos courtesy of Ailithir McGill and Kendra Whitlock Ingram.

Midwest arts leaders Kendra Whitlock Ingram and Alithir McGill join the Arts Midwest Board of Directors.


Arts Midwest is thrilled to announce that Kendra Whitlock Ingram of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Ailithir McGill of Noblesville, Indiana, have joined our Board of Directors.

Both Ingram and McGill bring their perspectives as artists and their leadership within arts organizations to our Board, as well as their experience in areas such as education, philanthropy and fundraising, and community development. Arts Midwest is fortunate to have them joining our team.

“I’m very excited to welcome Kendra and Ailithir to our Board,” says Arts Midwest President & CEO Torrie Allen. “They both have a wealth of knowledge and a demonstrated commitment to using the arts as a tool in community development and engagement, and I look forward to all that they will bring to the organization.”

“It is an honor to join the Arts Midwest Board and support the organization’s mission of service to the arts ecosystem in the Midwest,” says Ingram. “I have long admired and benefited from the work of Arts Midwest and look forward to serving the organization as a board member.”

“It is a great honor to be joining the board of Arts Midwest and to get to be a part of the great programs and services this organization offers,” McGill says. “I am looking forward to lending my experience in community development and arts programming to help Arts Midwest prepare and grow for a bright future!”

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Headshot of Kendra Whitlock Ingram

Kendra Whitlock Ingram

President and CEO, Marcus Performing Arts Center

Kendra Whitlock Ingram currently serves as the President and CEO of the Marcus Performing Arts Center in Milwaukee, WI, one of the premier performing arts centers in the state. Previously, she has held senior leadership positions with several major performing arts institutions, including Executive Director of the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver, Vice President of Programming and Education for Omaha Performing Arts, Managing Director of Shenandoah Performances at Shenandoah University, Vice President and General Manager of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Director of Pops and Special Programming for The Detroit Symphony.

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Ailithir McGill

Executive Director, Nickel Plate Arts

Ailithir McGill is an artist, museum education expert, and community development professional with more than 15 years of experience engaging audiences in history, science, and art programming. Since October 2012, McGill has served as the Executive Director of Nickel Plate Arts, a unique nonprofit organization that builds community around the arts in five towns along the Nickel Plate Railroad from Fishers to Atlanta, Indiana. In her role, McGill seeks to employ the arts and local artists to address community needs and provide experiences that enrich and the strengthen the community as a whole. Nickel Plate Arts also seeks to support the work of the Noblesville Diversity Council to celebrate the achievements of people of color in Hamilton County, Indiana. Prior to joining Nickel Plate Arts, McGill was Director of Operations at Conner Prairie in Fishers, Indiana.


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Development Officer

Emma Bohmann (she/her) is the Development Officer at Arts Midwest. She specializes in nonprofit fundraising and partnership development, and has been securing support for Arts Midwest since 2016.

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