SUMMIT, NJ - The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has announced that Cynthia McChesney has joined the staff as Director of Development and Communications.
McChesney brings a strong track record of higher education fundraising, business development, marketing and publishing experience to the Art Center. As the Director of Development for the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and University Foundation, she secured grants funding and high-level major gifts that helped to endow scholarships as well as other programs. In her position at Kean University, McChesney was responsible for securing leadership gifts for the school’s art programs, one of which led to the opening of an art gallery.
McChesney is passionate about cultivating donor interest in the arts and believes strongly in the power of art to changes peoples’ lives. “I vividly remember my elementary art school teacher and the impression that visual arts left on me.”
McChesney’s enthusiasm and experience recently helped to establish a free health clinic onsite at The Apostle’s House Homeless Shelter in Newark, set to launch this summer. Run by New Jersey medical students, the satellite clinic, “is a collaboration that came together through advocating and mobilizing our community groups with common values. We have been able to renovate the space into a beautiful, clean and modern area for patients. It is a win-win for everyone.”
McChesney received a BA with high honors in English Literature from the University of Michigan. She has volunteered for several New Jersey non-profit organizations, helping with grassroots fundraising and stewardship efforts. These include Christ Church in Shorts Hills, the Episcopal Diocese of Newark and Heifer International. She resides in Short Hills with her family.
She will begin her post at the Art Center this July.