Lex Leifheit provides artistic vision and strategic direction for SOMArts Cultural Center (South of Market Arts, Resources, Technology and Services). Since 2008, SOMArts has steadily expanded its arts producing and presenting activity with programs that promote cultural learning and deep engagement by people at all levels of artistic practice. As the number of exhibitions, performances, classes and events has grown, earned and contributed income have both increased by over 100%. Additionally SOMArts continues to provide essential professional development, fiscal sponsorship and technical services to over 80 bay area nonprofits annually.
Lex has been a passionate advocate for the arts as a catalyst for change and community building for more than ten years. As an outreach coordinator, festival planner, teaching artist and assistant director, she helped launch Wesleyan University’s Green Street Arts Center. As producer of weekly radio show The Art Agenda from 2006—2008, she interviewed hundreds of artists about their work and helped community-based art find a wider audience in central Connecticut. As an artist and teacher, Leifheit directed award-winning plays, taught playwriting to teenagers, and connected writers with social service providers to develop and perform new works in empty storefronts.
Previous employers include Wesleyan University’s Green Street Arts Center and Center for the Arts in Middletown, Connecticut, as well as the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. Leifheit has served as an artistic associate of Secret Theatre, board member for the Middletown Foundation for the Arts, and vice president of the North End Artists Cooperative. She been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the San Francisco Arts Commission, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and California College of the Arts’ Engage award. She served on the steering committee of Emerging Arts Professionals, San Francisco Bay Area and was vice-chair of the Emerging Leaders Council of Americans for the Arts. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Dan McKinley and son Ewan.
Leifheit received her Master of Arts Liberal Studies degree from Wesleyan University and attended Drake University on full scholarship, where she received a BFA in Theater Performance.
Ten+ years of performing, visual and literary arts programming experience; curricula development for all ages; fluent in community arts and arts advocacy; proven at fund development and change management. Award-winning theater director and published arts writer; experienced fundraiser and teacher.
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