Matthews Opera House employee selected as Future Leader Fund recipient

Pictured is Kyler Flock. Courtesy photo

SPEARFISH –– The Matthews Opera House recently announced that Community Engagement Manager Kyler Flock has been selected by Arts Midwest as one of only four recipients of the Future Leaders’ Fund Scholarship.

This scholarship supports emerging leaders in the arts by providing free attendance, lodging, and backstage access to the Arts Midwest Conference in September. 

“I am so honored to have been selected as an Arts Midwest Conference Future Leader,” Flock said. “This is a phenomenal opportunity to not only grow my skills but also network with performing arts leaders all across the country.”

“The Matthews is so proud to have one of our staff be the recipient of this scholarship,” Becky Naccarato Eastburn, executive director, said. “Kyler is a talented member of our team, and we know his attendance at this event will be beneficial to both him and the future of our organization.”

The Future Leaders’ Fund, established in 2009 in honor of President & CEO David Fraher’s 25th anniversary at Arts Midwest, provides the next generation of arts administrators with opportunities to participate in educational programming, build networks, and access new learning experiences within the industry. 

The fund has supported 23 emerging leaders at the annual Arts Midwest Conference to date, many of whom have continued to pursue careers in the arts, working at organizations such as the Iowa Arts Council in Des Moines, Iowa; the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts in Lebanon, Ill.; and the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh, Wis.

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