Shanta Lee Gander is the new managing director for the Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte.
Gander is working to help curate and manage a the multicultural arts and heritage program coming together as part of the “A Sense of Place” project, funded by ArtPlace America.
She will co-plan, co-develop and lead the coordination of African-American/African Diaspora arts and culture exhibits, presentations, performances, workshops and classes on the 148-acre African-American owned farm, one of the largest in the state.
She will also lead the project in its community outreach around African-American and African diaspora history, arts and culture programs in the six towns covered by the ArtPlace America grant: Charlotte, Shelburne, Hinesburg, South Burlington, Burlington and Winooski.
Gander has worked in the arts, literature and history communities in Vermont and New England. She is an artist and professional with 20 years of experience in leadership, marketing, management, event planning and operations logistics.
Her project management experience also includes the creation of academic mentoring programs. As an artist, she loves writing prose, poetry, and articles, in addition to theater, dance, storytelling and photography. Gander has an MBA from the University of Hartford and an undergraduate degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.