Mark J. Fraire, Director
Mr. Fraire has worked as an arts administrator for over 20 years and has been involved in supporting theater arts on every level from producer to writer to actor to comic to playwright to manager to director. He was the Grants and Fund Development Director for the Madison Metropolitan School District and helped raise in 2013-14, over $2 million in funds. Fraire spent 17 years as the state’s Grants Officer for the Wisconsin Arts Board. Prior to that position, Fraire created the Community Education Department for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater where he was awarded the President’s Coming Up Taller Award for creating TEENworks, an innovative youth and community theater arts training program. Fraire has an MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.
Taeli Turner, Cultural Affairs Specialist
Taeli is a graduate of the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art and General Business, with a focus in Arts Administration. She also received her Graduate Certificate from the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy, from National Arts Strategies and the University of Pennsylvania.
Taeli currently holds the position of Cultural Affairs Specialist for Dane County Cultural Affairs – Dane Arts. In the past, she has served as the Marketing and Events Coordinator for River Arts Inc., as the Art Fair on the Square Volunteer Coordinator for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as an Events Coordinator for the Villa Terrace Decorative Art Museum and the Charles Allis Museum. Taeli also served on Arts Wisconsin’s board for two years and received the May 2016 Backyard Hero Award from Community Shares. Taeli has previously served three terms on Dane Arts grant review panels.