There is a dynamic power house of leadership driving the Hutchinson Center for the Arts. Our Board of Directors is comprised of community members from all backgrounds who are passionate about building a strong arts community. It is my honor as Executive Director to work with each of them.
Each month I will be introducing this team of extraordinary Arts Advocates helping to support our creative community which is vibrant, inclusive, and a vital part of the local economy. With their leadership and vision Hutchinson has become a regional hub for arts and culture.
-Lisa Bergh, Executive Director.
Greg Jodzio is currently our longest serving Board Member. His historical understanding of the organization and background in Fund Development are indispensable skills. He is also an all around great guy with a fabulous back story:
It’s funny where hot dogs can lead. For Greg, they led to the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF). After 30 plus years working in advertising, marketing and sales, he retired early. That didn’t last. In 2009, he unretired and opened the first Chicago hot dog cart south of the South Fork of the Crow River in northern downtown Hutchinson with help from a SWIF loan. Soon he became the ‘poster senior’ of SWIF’s newly created Encore Entrepreneur program. Today he’s in development/fundraising and is a proud Growing Home Circle member working with SWIF donors around the region.
Greg holds a master’s in business communications, an associate degree in photography and a PHD (Proprietor of Hot Dogs) from Vienna Beef’s Hot Dog University.
Art is important to him. In addition to serving on the HCA board, he also serves on the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council board and is a member of the Hutchinson Public Arts Commission.
A self-described “very happy kid,” he likes to laugh with his wife Betty – the funniest person he knows. Greg says when you mix in grand kids, family, friends, a little art and a little golf, life is good.
Justin Beck is our newest Board Member. He joined in March, just as we had our first COVID- 19 Response Board Meeting. Three cheers for his commitment to the arts to share his time and talents during this unique time. He brings to our organization creative, visionary problem solving skills and experience with IT in his role as an IT Technician for McLeod County. Add to that list, a talented artist working in the medium of photography.
My name is Justin Beck and I was born and raised in Hutchinson. I am thrilled to be joining the board as I have always admired the Center’s commitment to regional artists. I am an artist myself – focusing on photography of decaying rural architecture and rural communities. I am also a musician.
The arts have always filled my life with joy and I could not imagine living in a world without art. Art makes me feel real. It drives me to be creative, tell a story, or show the world something interesting. I wish to support rural communities and their artists in any way I can, so this is why I am joining the board.
If you would like to learn more about serving as a Board Member for the Hutchinson Center for the Arts feel free to contact me at [email protected] You can also fill out our quick and easy Board Interest Form. I invite and encourage you to bring your skills to the table and be part of #bringingtheartstolife in our region.
-Lisa Bergh, Executive Director