With the hiring of Joy Young as its new executive director, beginning this February the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville will have a new leader. Young brings with her an impressive resume as a cultural leader and musician.

For the past 14 years, Young has held the position of Director of Administration, Human Resources and Operations with the South Carolina Arts Commission in Columbia, South Carolina, where she held both executive and programmatic leadership positions. In addition, Young has worked in education, the nonprofit field, and was a grant panelist for the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, South Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

As a music performer, Young earned a BA in music; studied Voice Performance at Manhattan School of Music and completed a Master of Arts.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville. This community boasts a rich palette of arts, culture and heritage. There is an engaged population of innovative creatives and a long-established arts community,” said Young, in a recent CCGJ press release. “I feel a creative energy here that can be tapped to positively impact people and the economy. What I hope to bring to the table is a view of what the Council is now and work with the team to accomplish vision-inspired initiatives. It is exciting to begin the next chapter of my arts career in Jacksonville.”

As the leader of The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville–a quasi-governmental agency–Young will be a steward of public funds set aside for 23 arts and culture organizations, including one of the Southeast’s largest contemporary art institutions (Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville), the city’s most historic concert venue (The Florida Theatre), and the oldest continually running community theater in the U.S. (Theatre Jax), among others. Each year, the Cultural Council assesses the economic impact of its Cultural Service Grantees (CSGs), which receive funds as part of the city budget. Of that city budget, CSGs received .24 of 1 percent (which amounts to millions of dollars each year).

Young is the successor of CCGJ director Tony Allegretti, who resigned from the position he has held since 2014.