Lively Arts Head Named to National Board and as Canadian Conference Delegate

Posted on 1/11/2015 2:43:29 PM

Hank KnerrHank Knerr, executive director of the Lively Arts with Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s College of Fine Arts, was recently elected to the board of directors for the North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA).

NAPAMA works to promote the best interests of performing arts agents and managers through leadership, professional development, and alliances in the business of performing arts touring. Based in New York, the organization directly serves both the U.S. and Canada with extended international influence.

Activities of NAPAMA include adopting industrywide ethical guidelines, professional development, communication standards, networking, and other activities.

The board consists of 12 members, including performing artists and their agents and managers along with performing arts presenters and other professionals in the field. Nominated by the board in late December, Knerr was formally elected during the organization’s annual membership meeting held January 11, 2015, in New York as part of the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference.

In addition, the Canadian Arts Presenters Association/Canadienne Des Organismes Artistiques (CAPACOA) has invited Knerr as a delegate to its annual conference through its Export Buyers Program. The program selects up to 15 delegates from countries outside Canada to engage and build business relationships and opportunities with Canadian performing arts program participants, including presenters, artists, agents, and managers.

The conference will be held in mid-January in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with all expenses for invited delegates covered by CAPACOA and its business and government sponsors.

Knerr has directed the Lively Arts since coming to Indiana in 1989. In his position, he oversees an operation involving presenting Ovations!, the area’s premier touring performance series; heading the marketing for upwards of 200 arts-in-education outreach activities through the College of Fine Arts’ ArtsPath program, the IUP Community Music School, and management of Fisher Auditorium and the IUP Performing Arts Center.

He currently serves as president of PA Presenters, a state organization dedicated to professionals presenting and managing guest performing artists. He is also on the board of the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance and has served as a board member locally with the Indiana County Humane Society, Indiana Arts Council, and Indiana County Tourist Bureau.