Terrance Hunter will be the new CEO of Central Florida Community Artsthe nonprofit announced on Tuesday.
Hunter is just the organization’s second senior leader, replacing co-founder Joshua Vickery, who left the organization in October 2021 for a job in Washington, D.C. Over the past year, the organization has was led by three vice presidents, one of whom was Hunter. .
At 32, Hunter is one of the youngest leaders of major cultural organizations in the region and also one of the very few non-white arts executives.
“It hasn’t hit me yet,” Hunter said of being unanimously selected by the CFCArts board. “It’s an incredible honor.”
CFCArts has grown steadily and rapidly since its inception in 2010. Hunter will oversee a team of 21 people and an annual budget of approximately $2 million. About 30,000 people are served each year by the organization, which operates a school of arts and wellness programs for different age groups and ability levels.
The organization is known for its participatory music programs, which attract hundreds of singers and musicians. CFCArts presents concerts by its resident ensembles throughout the year, including a popular program during the Christmas holiday season.
“Terrance is remarkably forward-thinking, and watching his leadership over the past year has been impressive,” CFCArts Board Chair Jessica Guthrie wrote in a statement. “He has our full support and we are delighted that he is leading the organization into the next chapter.”
Among his recent accomplishments, Hunter led the first endowment gift in the organization’s history: $250,000 for youth programs.
Born and raised in Orlando, Hunter attended Hungerford Preparatory High School in Eatonville. The idea of becoming a pastry chef was derailed when he discovered a passion for education.
“I had amazing teachers in high school,” he said. “By the time I graduated, I was like, ‘I’m going to be a teacher. “”
During a summer break from studying at Warner University in Lake Wales, he worked for Orange County in a data entry job. The following year he returned and was assigned to a nine-week gig at the County Regional History Center in downtown Orlando. It turned into a job that lasted almost five years. He developed public programs for the museum, led educational tours and discovered a new career path.
“That’s where I learned the power of an institution to connect with the community,” he said.
Hunter also worked for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville and later as a program manager for the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center in Maitland.
He joined CFCArts as Program Manager in 2019 and was named Vice President of Operations and Education in the fall of 2021 upon departure from Vickery.
Along with Vicki Landon, Vice President of Development and Community Affairs, and Justin Muchoney, Vice President of Creative and Production, the trio have led the organization over the past year. Landon and Muchoney plan to stay in their roles.
“We both see the leader of the CFCArts of today and tomorrow in his servant leadership philosophy, consensus-building, and approach to dreaming big – all in support of our staff and members,” said they wrote in a joint statement.
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Hunter said his strong working relationship with Landon and Muchoney will keep the organization on track as it moves forward.
“The management team here has been united since day one,” he said. “When it comes to the mission and priorities of this organization, we have been on point.”
Hunter sits on various boards, including those of the Hope Community Center and the National Alliance for Music in Vulnerable Communities. He is the president-elect of the Central Florida Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
“The role of CEO is critical in developing responses to what comes next and growing current initiatives and community partnerships,” said Margery Pabst Steinmetz, longtime CFCArts donor, President of the Pabst Steinmetz Foundation. “In addition to his leadership ability, Terrance inherently understands and lives the mission of CFCArts.”
This mission to serve Central Floridians of all walks of life through education and artistic opportunities will remain at the heart of the organization, Hunter said.
“Our next chapter is not a departure from our foundation,” he said. “It’s all about a strong community foundation. This will never change.
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