Minicucci joins Fairfield Arts & Convention Center team
The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center welcomes Paul Minicucci to the team as development director.
Minicucci brings a vast amount of development and arts administration experience to the center and will focus on advancing the development, outreach and sales of the center, Friends of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center membership program and sponsorship program.
Minicucci comes most recently from Nevada County, California, a small rural community in the California Sierra foothills, an agricultural region with a rich cultural tradition. During his time in Nevada City, he transformed an access television station, NCTV, into a fully functional digital media center.
Minicucci has always been a trend setter in building the arts in rural communities. He created California’s State Local Partnership Program while serving as the deputy director of the California Arts Council that created 58 county arts agencies. His superior while serving in the California State Senate, Henry J. Mello was the chairman of the Rural Caucus.
“I resonate with rural America and have always been drawn to the rhythms of small town life, said Minicucci. “I have completely fallen in love with Iowa and of course Fairfield. Coming here from California was a revelation. The people of Fairfield have built a truly remarkable creative culture here. I couldn’t be happier and excited to advance the center.”
Minicucci was born and raised in West Harrison, New York. He went to High School in White Plains and attended UCLA, graduating in 1969 with a degree in English and a minor in drama. He taught high school and community college in Framingham, Massachusetts. and made his way back to California and began working for the California Arts Council.
He received his Master of Fine Arts in drama from UC-Davis in 1981. After that, he became staff director and principal consultant to the Joint Committee on the Arts and served there for 13 years. He served two terms on the California Tourism Board and was vice chairman of the National Conference of State Legislatures, Arts, Tourism and Historic Resources Committee. After his tenure as staff in the state legislature, he was appointed by California Gov. Gray Davis to be chief deputy director of the California Arts Council.
He also has been a visiting research professor at Virginia Tech and executive director of the California Digital Arts Partnership in Sacramento.
He has a daughter, Tracy, who recently graduated from San Jose State University with a Master of Arts in urban planning.
Minicucci is a writer with 10 stage plays to his credit and plays the clarinet “just for fun.” His other passion, other than the arts, is cooking.
“We are excited to welcome Paul to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center team as development director,” said Rustin Lippincott, executive director. “Paul is a true professional in the arts and area of development, with a proven track record of advancing arts, cultural and entertainment initiatives. Paul has hit the ground running and is working on our 2014-15 Sondheim Artist Series sponsorship program and our Friends of the FACC membership program. I look forward to our Friends, sponsors and patrons across Southeast Iowa to meet and interact with Paul. You will find he is a genuine, sincere individual who wants to see the center continue to expand its potential.”
Minicucci can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 472-2000 ext. 104.