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Roberto Bedoya, Direct of Civic Engagement, Leaves Tucson Pima Arts Council to Pursue New Opportunities
Tucson, Arizona – December 14, 2014 - Roberto Bedoya has resigned his position as Director of Civic Engagement for the Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC) to pursue other opportunities.
Bedoya, the former Executive Director of TPAC, the designated arts agency for the City of Tucson and Pima County, shifted into his new role focusing on civic engagement at the national and local levels as part of an organizational restructuring in August of 2015.
President of the TPAC Board, James Glock, said, "In an ongoing commitment to be responsive to our community needs, mission and fiscal responsibilities, TPAC addressed its challenges with the August administrative restructuring. In light of these changes, Roberto decided to resign to pursue opportunities at the national level. The TPAC Board and Staff thank Roberto for his many years of service to the Council and the region's arts community and wish him great success in his future endeavors."
During his tenure at TPAC, Bedoya put policy into practice by achieving more than $600,000 in national foundation funding, creating and spearheading the innovative PLACE (People, Land, Arts, Culture and Engagement) initiative, which is nationally recognized and helping to foster a thriving inclusive arts community in Tucson. He helped redefine the parameters and expectations of creative placemaking, consistently advocating for an expanded definition of inclusion.
Additionally, Bedoya spearheaded the creation of the New Works grant program, which supports individual artists' projects within Tucson and Pima County that meet the highest standards of excellence across a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines.
Roberto Bedoya adds, "It has been an honor and privilege to serve the region's outstanding arts community. I have made a decision to move forward in my career, have been blessed to work with a fine board and staff and am proud of the accomplishments we have achieved. It is time for me to more fully engage in my national work in the areas of creative placemaking, civic engagement and equity issues in the field."
ABOUT TPAC The Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC) serves as the designated arts agency for Tucson and Pima County. As a nonprofit 501c3, TPAC strengthens the arts in Southern Arizona. It provides arts organizations and artists with grants and professional training; oversees the Percent for Art public art program; facilitates arts-based community engagement; and advocates for the arts as a mainspring of economic vitality. Learn more by visiting www.TucsonPimaArtsCouncil.org.