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Cecelia Wooden, Kentucky Citizens for the Arts


Cecelia Wooden

Cecelia K. Wooden is a partner in Wooden & Associates, a firm providing strategic communications services to healthcare, businesses, the arts, insurance and education. She serves as part-time Executive Director of Kentucky Citizens for the Arts, the state-wide grassroots arts advocacy organization. She has served arts and cultural institutions in the Commonwealth since 1990 in executive positions and as consultant.

Dr. Wooden served as Chief Administrative Officer for the Fund for the Arts, the oldest united arts fund in the country. As such, she coordinated the operations of the organization including government relations for the Fund and its 15 member agencies and managing the decision-making and distribution of over 4.5 million annually. She coordinated a longitudinal study by the University of Louisville School of Business, examining the economic state of the arts and developed economic trend lines to the year 2000, has conducted executive management team retreats for the Education, Arts and Humanities cabinet, and has recently concluded a feasibility study on arts festivals for the Department of Tourism, Kentucky Arts Council and Kentucky Center for the Arts.

Dr. Wooden has extensive management background acquired during her 22 years in senior and middle management positions in education and non-profit organizations. She has held middle management positions in public education in Scotch Plains, NJ and Andover, MA. In higher education, she has held the senior management positions of associate professor of education (Bradley University, Peoria, IL) and Assistant Provost (Bellarmine College, Louisville, KY). In addition, Dr. Wooden has extensive community-based non-profit and association experience such as Director of the Bingham Fellows program (Leadership Louisville Foundation). She has recently concluded her two-year volunteer tenure as the Curriculum Chairperson of the Kellogg Foundation-funded national leadership program, Leadership USA, a program of the National Association of Community Leadership.

Dr. Wooden has been involved in government relations in Kentucky, particularly for cultural institutions, since 1990. She has represented state-wide arts and cultural groups, including all the major arts organizations in Louisville; education clients, and the public libraries of the Commonwealth. She has successfully secured the passage of significant legislation creating a state-wide arts foundation, impacting museum acquisitions, contracts for the development and implementation of KIRIS, and increased governmental support for the arts organizations and public libraries.

Since coming to Louisville in 1985, Dr. Wooden has served in a number of voluntary leadership roles at the community/regional level. These roles include Governor Wilkinson's Task Force on School Improvement, Executive Committee of the Louisville Urban League, the Louisville Chamber of Commerce Workplace Task Force, the Jefferson County Public Schools Learning Choices Schools Committee and as Chair of the Education Committee for the Goals for Greater Louisville project. She is a 1988 graduate of Leadership Kentucky. She is a former mayoral appointment to the commission for the Louisville Free Public Library, and is President of the Board of House of Ruth and the Main Street Association.

A native of New Jersey, Dr. Wooden attended Trenton State College (1972, B.S., health and physical education) and Montclair State College (1978, M.A., educational psychology). She completed doctoral studies (4.0) at Illinois State University (1982, Ed.D., curriculum/research). She resides in Louisville with her husband and two children.


Program 203

Guset host, Rochelle Riley, Columnist Associate Editor of the Courier-Journal; Cecelia Wooden, Executive Director, Kentucky Citizens for the Arts; Rhoda Levine, Director, "Susannah"; Danny Flanigan, Singer/ Songwriter. (#203)





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