MRAC Announces Interim Leadership and Hiring of Search Consultant

The Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) is pleased to announce that Senior Program Director Greg Nielsen and Grants and Operations Manager Becky Franklin are acting as Co-Interim Directors following the departure of former Executive Director Amy Crawford. Ms. Crawford left her position with MRAC to return to her consulting practice and the Board of Directors wish her well in her future endeavors.

The MRAC Board of Directors and staff continue to provide excellent services to stakeholders and the metro area arts communities with the level of quality the public has come to know through its grant-making, training, and advocacy. Both Board and staff remain deeply committed to our mission, vision, and the principles that guide our work.

As part of this transition MRAC is also excited to announce the selection of Meyer Consulting to conduct the search for MRAC’s next leader. Meyer Consulting brings significant experience with organizational transition and nonprofit executive search:

Watch our website or sign up for our newsletter to keep in touch with news about the pending search launch and other activities. Questions about the search can be directed to Meyer Consulting at

For other questions about MRAC please contact Interim Co-Director Greg Nielsen at or Interim Co-Director Becky Franklin at

About MRAC

The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council serves nonprofit arts organizations, informal arts groups, community education, and non-arts nonprofit organizations with annual operating expenses under $400,000, and individual artists in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties. This region includes urban, suburban, and rural communities. While the region comprises only 4% of the state’s geography, its population is approximately 50% of the state’s total. As one of the 11 regional arts councils in Minnesota, MRAC’s funding is derived primarily from appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund and Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. MRAC also receives a generous grant from The McKnight Foundation.


MRAC improves arts access for communities in the seven county metropolitan area through support to artists and organizations.


Artists and arts organizations thrive.
Arts engagement takes place in every community.
The public actively values and celebrates the arts and artists.

Guiding Principles

We take into account the needs and interests of constituents in our region when developing programs and services.
We strive to maintain transparent decision-making processes and accessible public information.
We meet our constituents where they’re at and recognize their unique needs.
We act with integrity, ensuring that all constituents are treated in a fair, respectful and consistent manner.
We’re committed to advancing inclusion and racial equity in all aspects of our work.
We work with our community partners to promote and advocate for the arts.

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