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Loft Literature Center appoints Arlette Little as new CEO

The Loft Literature Center in Minneapolis launched a nationwide search for a new CEO and found her in her backyard.

Arleta Little (courtesy of Cindy Ryan)

Arleta Little was announced as the winner of the director competition on Wednesday. For the past eight years, Little has directed the McKnight Artists Fellowship, a nearly $ 3 million program that provides unlimited support to artists and cultural bearers from 15 creative disciplines in Minnesota.

In the prepared issue, Loft cites Little’s successful stint at McKnight, including the growth and diversification of the McKnight Fellowship program, building a strong community with McKnight Fellowship partners including Loft, promoting racial equality in the organization’s art team, and in coalition with philanthropy and the arts. partners, and managing relationships and providing funding advice in US $ 9 million in grants to nearly 200 organizations per year.

Prior to McKnight, Little served as the executive director of the Givens Foundation for African American Literature in Minneapolis and spent 15 years as an organizational development consultant for Minnesota organizations.

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Little poet and writer. Her essay, Life and Death in North Star State, published in the Water ~ Stone Review, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her work is included in the anthology We Are Called to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World.

She earned her BA in English and Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, an MA in Social Work from St. Thomas University / St. Catherine’s University, and an MA in Public Relations from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Little, who succeeds six-year-old director Britt Udesen, will go full-time in March.

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