The Gantt Center Welcomes Witnie Martinez
PMA Consulting is pleased to announce The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture has named Witnie Martinez, MS, CGS, as its new Director of Development.
David Taylor, President & CEO of the Gantt Center said, “We are excited to welcome Witnie to our team and to introduce her to our members, sponsors, and supporters. Her enthusiasm for the work that we do and her keen ability to cultivate relationships make her the ideal person to help guide us in this next phase of growth.”
The Gantt Center has celebrated the cultural contributions of Africans and African-Americans for more than 40 years, and serves as a community source for music, dance, theater, visual art, film, arts education, literature, and community outreach.
October 2009 marked the opening of the current 46,500-square-foot building as part of what is now called Levine Center for the Arts. The Center was named in honor of Harvey Gantt, the city’s first African-American mayor and the first African-American student at Clemson University. Year-round, the Gantt Center invites members, Charlotte residents, and visitors to experience fine art exhibitions, lectures by leading scholars, educational programs for children and adults, and much more. Building spaces are also utilized for weddings, receptions, meetings, field trips, and other community gatherings.
Witnie comes to the Gantt Center with a diverse set of nonprofit and fund development experiences in Florida and North Carolina. Prior to joining the Gantt Center, Witnie served as the Director of Development and Fundraising for Different Roads Home, a Charlotte-based organization whose mission is to educate and serve the communities and populations affected by HIV and other chronic illnesses by offering access to care, delivering quality medical outcomes, and helping reduce stigma.
Witnie’s educational background includes a double degree in Theater and Health Sciences from Florida International University, a Master of Science in General Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, and will earn an Educational Specialist designation in Educational Leadership also from Nova Southeastern University. In addition to her educational pursuits, she has devoted much of her time as a teacher and arts educator. Most recently, Witnie served as a teacher of Theater Arts at Sedgefield Middle School for the 2015-2016 school year. Just as Witnie is passionate about teaching the arts, she is passionate about making positive changes within communities through the arts.
As the new Director of Development, Witnie is responsible for achieving the organization’s fundraising goals in pursuit of the Center’s mission to celebrate the contributions of Africans and African-Americans to American culture and ignite engagement and conversations that inspire, empower, and enlighten all. Witnie will serve as a key leader in the Center’s diverse, inclusive workplace, representing the unique culture and values of the organization to the community; broadening the Center’s donor base; expanding the community’s understanding and support of the Gantt Center; and building a comprehensive, best-practice development function.
Please join us in welcoming Witnie to her new position at the Gantt Center!