Lee Rainboth is a visual artist, curator, and arts administrator that has worked with communities of artists through nonprofits around the world. Originally from Iowa, he comes to Fort Wayne from the Black Hills of South Dakota where he worked as the Cultural Programs Manager for The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, coordinating programs for Indigenous artists, performers, and culture bearers from all over North America. He previously served as Executive Director for The Jacmel Arts Center in Jacmel, Haiti, where he lived for 13 years. At the Jacmel Arts Center he oversaw operations for the largest art gallery, arts academy, and performance venue in the city that is considered the country’s cultural and creative capital. These programs included a membership of over 60 professional visual artists, three resident dance troupes, a resident theater troupe, and a folk music group. He also has served as the Executive Director of Living Media International, an arts education organization that he co-founded with a group of local young adults in LaVallee, Haiti, and continues to support their work as a board member.
Lee has been working in partnership with the arts community in Indiana for many years curating art exhibits and bringing cultural performances from Haiti to the region. He serves on the board of directors for Indy Convergence, a multi-disciplinary arts nonprofit in Indianapolis, and is involved with a number of other arts and cultural organizations in the area. He is excited to be a part of the powerful work that the Fort Wayne Dance Collective does in this community and looks forward to using his own unique experiences to contribute to making the programs as inclusive and impactful as possible for all involved.