Arvada Council for the Arts and Humanities Welcomes Three New Members

ARVADA, CO – The Arvada Council for the Arts and Humanities is pleased to announce the addition of three new council members: Jay Fox, Althea Mortensen and Alethea Smock.

Jay Fox lives in Jefferson County and is a practicing taxation CPA. "I have been a season subscriber of the Arvada Center now for over eight years, and it is through my friendship with the Mayor of Arvada that I came to know the Arts Council," states Mr. Fox. During the 35 years he has lived in Colorado, Mr. Fox has served in a variety of community activities, including 10 years as a member of the State Board for Community Colleges. In addition, he is a former board member and chair of the West Chamber of Commerce, as well as other civic organizations. He also has served on the boards of a number of community foundations. Mr. Fox is a graduate of Ohio State University and holds a Masters in Taxation from the University of Denver.

Althea Mortensen is a financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments, with an office in Westminster, CO. A long-time advocate of the arts and humanities, she has been involved in numerous fundraising activities and events to benefit the Arvada Center, and will be playing a particular role in the creation of the Arvada Center endowment fund. According to Ms. Mortensen, "I have enjoyed the benefits of the Arvada Center for over 23 years." Ms. Mortensen grew up in Evergreen, CO and received her degree from Colorado State University. She has a special interest in the unique history of the Western slope communities, and is a member of the Westminster Historical Society. A 23 year resident of Westminster, she and her two daughters divide their free time between city events and mountain sports.

Alethea Smock is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration and a certificate in e-Marketing. She has also served in the United States Air Force as a Computer Technician and Crew Lead. With employment experience and a successful track record at both Storage Technology Corporation and Sun Microsystems, Ms. Smock currently utilizes her marketing and business skills as an Independent Broker for ZAPA Realty. An advocate of the arts, she is devoted to enhancing arts education and appreciation throughout the community, especially for children and families.  Ms. Smock serves as a leader of Arvada West MOMS Club and is currently a resource for the Arvada Center with regard to educational programming. "With the announcement and arrival of the Arvada Center's new Executive Director, I am very excited to be a part of the Arts Council," expresses Ms. Smock

The role of the Arvada Council for the Arts and Humanities is to advise the Arvada City Council, provide guidance and support to the Arvada Center staff and act as an advocate for public support and funding for the Arvada Center. Each council member provides advice to the Arvada City Council about the Arvada Center on a periodic basis. Members provide volunteer assistance at Arvada Center events, help raise financial resources to support Arvada Center programs, serve on at least one Arvada Center committee and participate in committee projects. New additions to the Arts Council are made by appointment. The existing Arts Council members are:

  • Steve Swensen, Chair
  • Kimberly A. Wagner, Vice Chair/Chair  Elect
  • Brad Vanderpool, Treasurer
  • Steven Caulk, Secretary
  • Stephanie Tuthill, Immediate Past Chair
  • Mark Arnold
  • Matthew Cassell
  • Graham DeWitt
  • Greg Martinez
  • Terri Rhoades
  • Michelle Kim Walters
  • Rachel Zenzinger

The three new council members are enthusiastic about the roles they will be playing within the Arts Council, and in turn, how those roles will benefit the Arvada Center, and the arts and humanities in general. While recognizing what the Center has accomplished in the past, they look forward to what the future holds. "The Center has a successful 30 year history and I'm honored to be part of forging the initial steps in our next 30 years," declares Ms. Smock., while Mr. Fox is "very excited to help the Center grow financially through increasing patrons, subscribers and donors." Ms. Mortensen adds, "The Arvada Center is known as the best kept secret in Colorado, but I look forward to changing that."

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is one of the metro area's largest cultural attractions, devoted to all aspects of the arts. It is generously supported by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on Wadsworth Blvd.

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