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Tahoe Public Art hires first-ever executive director

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Tahoe Public Art's Board of Directors recently announced that Mia Hanak has been selected as the organization's first executive director.

"Mia has the knowledge, skills, experience, passion, and commitment to lead TPA and its mission into the future: the time is ripe for public art in the Tahoe Basin," Steve Miller, TPA Founding Board Member, said in a news release.

The TPA mission is to enhance and preserve the natural beauty and history of North Lake Tahoe through visual arts that promote environmental stewardship and cultural unity.

"A proven leader with over 15 years of executive director experience, Hanak an outstanding track record of delivering public environmental art exhibitions and installations worldwide, and she demonstrates the qualities and expertise required to fulfill this important role for the TPA organization and Lake Tahoe community," according to the news release.

Prior to moving to Lake Tahoe in 2015, Hanak was executive director for environmental art organizations serving the San Francisco Bay Area and the international community through traveling exhibitions with the United Nations.

Hanak was the founding executive director of the San Francisco non-profit, Natural World Museum of Environmental Art, which she ran from 2001-2008. In 2005, when the City of San Francisco hosted UN World Environment Day, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom asked her to produce an environmental art exhibition for the City, which earned the attention of visiting United Nations executives.

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In 2009, Hanak started Millennium ART, a UN-affiliated organization, through which she launched several immersive and interactive design experiences and large-scale public art installations.

Hanak's work has reached cities near and far, including: Algiers, Brussels, Chicago, Copenhagen, Monaco, Nairobi, New York, Oslo, Paris, Reno, Rio, San Francisco, Wellington and more.

"I am extremely grateful and enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with the TPA board of directors, members and associations to help manifest the long-term vision," Hanak said in a statement. "Together we can create a delicate balance embracing the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe while presenting environmental art experiences that help educate, inform, and empower local and global audiences in preserving and protecting the natural and cultural heritage of this beloved region."

Visit tahoepublicart.org to learn more about Tahoe Public Art.