Financial management is a core function for cultural organizations and the fiduciary concerns of these institutions are unique. It is the framework through which resources – human, physical, and financial—are maintained and monitored. The health of cultural organizations relies on managers having a solid understanding of all financial systems and the shifting climate of fiduciary specific concerns in arts organizations through a lens of equity and inclusion for all communities. Junior standing.
Jill Stilwell brings 25 years of public sector arts and culture experience to LEAP. During her tenure as the cultural services director for the City of Fort Collins, Jill oversaw the Lincoln Center for the Performing and Visual Arts, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, the Art in Public Places program, the Gardens on Spring Creek, the Creative Center, and administered an arts-granting program. Jill spent 10 years as a museum director and curator and continues to teach museum studies courses. Jill has real-world experience and expertise in managing and operating cultural facilities and programs, cultural planning, arts policy, public art, cultural capital projects, fundraising and grant writing, community engagement, and nonprofit arts management.
Jill was instrumental in Fort Collins receiving the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award and most recently led the effort for State certification of the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District in 2016. Jill has a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in art history and museum studies from the University of Denver.