Luther College's Tanya Gertz selected to participate in Association of Performing Arts Presenters' Leadership Fellows Program

Luther College is pleased to announce that Tanya Gertz, Luther director of Campus Programming, has been selected as one of 25 participants in the first class of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters' Leadership Fellows Program, presented in partnership with the University of Southern California Arts Leadership Program. Participants were selected from a variety of arts organizations and colleges from across the United States and Malaysia.

"I am honored to be selected as an inaugural Leadership Fellow and appreciative of the support at Luther. I believe deeply in arts that are integrated in the fabric of our community and our campus, and that they have the power to change ourselves and our world. I look forward to the opportunity to engage deeply and dive into nourishing creative leadership," Gertz said.

As part of the APAP Leadership Fellows Program launching in June 2015, Gertz will contribute to the growth and development of performing arts presenting in a time of unprecedented change, and help APAP build a body of knowledge surrounding promotion of the performing arts.

"Tanya is a valued colleague and leader on our team. I am proud of this recognition and opportunity for her. What a great honor for her to be selected for the program! It will be valuable not only for her professional development, but also for Luther College," said Keith Christensen, Luther vice president for development.

Participants of the Leadership Fellows Program have demonstrated a commitment to a collaborative process that will enhance the knowledge, skills and overall capacity needed to effect change in their current work and for the future. For long-term impact on individuals and the field, the program has a 20 month arc, beginning with a five-day summer seminar at the University of Southern California, followed by ongoing peer-based mentoring, annual gatherings at the APAP|NYC conference in New York City and continuous engagement in the online resource and discussion platform.

For the past 10 years Gertz has served as director of campus programming at Luther, where she manages the Center Stage Series of professional performing arts events as well as the School Matinee Series, which offers compelling live arts experiences for grades pre K-12. At Luther, Gertz focuses on providing a multidisciplinary series of the highest quality of national and international performing artists that includes theatre, dance, jazz, music ensembles and a variety of other artistic experiences.

She manages community and campus marketing for each event in the series, maintaining sponsorship and media supporting relationships. Gertz has increased CSS audience depth and numbers, and continues to work with artists to create meaningful opportunities for audience interaction during performances and in residency activities.

In addition to CSS, Gertz manages Luther's Distinguished Lecture series and serves as an event leader for major campus events such as convocations, Luther's presidential inauguration in 2014, the 2011 Norway royal visit, annual Christmas at Luther productions and major conferences. She oversees programming and facility use for Luther for more than 700 events per year.

Gertz also manages the Center for Faith and Life and several employees, serving as a mentor to upwards of 40 student employees and volunteers.

She is a member of the Wisconsin Arts Presenters, Minnesota Arts Presenters and Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and has served as chair for the Iowa Arts Presenters since 2005. She was co-chair for the 2011 Midwest Arts Conference and identified as an Emerging Leader in 2004.

Prior to Luther, Gertz served as the coordinator of grants and programs at the Decorah Public Library where she coordinated and publicized education and book events every month, and collaborated with community leaders to develop programming.

She also has worked for non-profit agencies such as Alternatives for People with Autism, AIDS Pastoral Care Network and Northwestern Memorial Foundation, before coming to Decorah in 2002.

Gertz received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Valparaiso University with minors in theology and gender studies. She also studied nonprofit philanthropy and fundraising at Northwestern University.

Association of Performing Arts Presenters

For more than 50 years, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters has been committed to leadership development in the changing ecology of the performing arts industry, providing avenues for members to expand and strengthen their leadership skills. With more than 1,500 members representing leading profit and nonprofit performing arts centers, municipal and university performance facilities, artist agencies, managers, touring companies and more, APAP works to effect change through advocacy, professional development, resource sharing and civic engagement.

The APAP Leadership Fellows Program is funded by the American Express Foundation, Ford Foundation and The Wallace Foundation. For more information about the program, please visit

Luther College

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