For Nobles County, Brett Lehman of Worthington will be retiring at the end of December after serving our board for two full terms (3 years each).
Please help us thank Brett Lehman (pictured left) for his time and dedication to Nobles County through supporting and promoting the arts there and in our whole region for the maximum amount of terms with our board!
Help us welcome Cheryl Avenel-Navara of Worthington as the new Worthington county representative for our board! Avenel-Navara is a retired educator from Higher Education and currently substitutes in Middle and High School classes in all disciplines. She said she is not an artist herself, but is a strong advocate for arts and artists of all disciplines and a dedicated consumer of art. She is the current chair of the Worthington Public Arts Commission and has served as a grant writer and committee member for the Worthington International Festival Committee, as well as been a grant review panelist for SMAC on many occasions. When asked why she was interested in serving on the SMAC board she replied that she had spoken to the past board representative for Nobles county about the responsibilities of being a board member and thought she could “bring a consumer’s perspective” to the board and that she’s interested in promoting the arts in Worthington and Nobles county and “making art available to all of our communities”.
Thank you, Nicole, Carolyn and Krystl for all your help and support, and to all the board members over these past several years for making this an incredible experience. Such great connections, and what a learning experience. Most of all was learning what a wealth of talent there is all the 18 counties SMAC serves.