The Lied Center for Performing Arts at UNL has named Carter Van Pelt as its new development director. Van Pelt began work Sept. 8.
Van Pelt returned to Lincoln after 11 years in New York City. In New York, he earned a master’s degree in arts administration from Columbia University and worked in fundraising at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Big Apple Circus, and Lehman College (CUNY). Van Pelt, who has a longstanding passion for Jamaican music, hosted a popular radio program on Columbia’s WKCR-FM for seven years.
“I am delighted to be back in Nebraska and I am proud to work in a community that is so devoted to supporting the arts,” Van Pelt said. “I remember fondly the excitement among my Nebraska family and friends when the Lied Center was built 25 years ago and attending many of the performances during the Lied Center’s inaugural season. I am truly honored to work for this world-class organization, particularly in this historic anniversary season.”
Bill Stephan, the Lied Center’s executive director, said Van Pelt brought years of experience and a passion for the arts to his new position.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have him back in Lincoln after many years of working for some of New York’s most prestigious and renowned arts organizations,” Stephan said.