submitted by Karen Gundersen Olson, Allied Arts Fund
Following an extensive regional search, the Allied Arts Fund Board of Directors selected GiGi Lage as Executive Director of newly restructured Allied Arts Fund, Rapid City and the Black Hills’s united arts fund drive.
“I am extremely excited about joining the team at Allied Arts Fund,” says Lage, “The work that is being done to help bring the arts to the community in Rapid City and the Black Hills is essential to the growth and future success of our community.”
Lage is a seasoned fund raiser, who has provided leadership and advocacy for nonprofits organizations and the public schools for more than fifteen years. She has extensive experience in the development of education and cultural programs and is a strong believer in building positive working relationships and collaborative supportive teams. As a lifelong learner, Lage enjoys the challenge of creating innovative strategies to improve the organizations with which she is associated. Her interest in education encouraged her active participation in the annual public school Rushmore Bowl as a Board member. Along with other Rushmore Bowl volunteers, Lage was part of the efforts which raised more than $63,000, helping fund sports and other student activities, including arts and culture.
“My father was an officer in the Air Force,” Lage added, “We moved about every two years, this experience made me appreciate how very fortunate we are to live in Rapid City. We truly have a wonderful City and I wouldn’t have wanted to raise my children anywhere else.”
GiGi and her husband Jeff Lage are very active in the Rapid City Community and have enjoyed raising their two children here.