The Cedar Announces Interim Co-Executive Directors Lisa Marie Brimmer and Neal Cuthbert


On behalf of The Cedar’s Board of Directors, we’re pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Marie Brimmer and Neal Cuthbert as The Cedar’s new Interim Co-Executive Directors, following former Executive Director Adrienne Dorn’s departure to pursue new career opportunities in October (read full statement here).

Lisa and Neal bring expansive, creative, forward-thinking skill sets from their past work in the Twin Cities and beyond. We’re very excited to have their leadership and perspectives at The Cedar as we launch into our 29th year of promoting intercultural appreciation and understanding through the presentation of global music.

Please join us in welcoming Lisa and Neal!

Jill Dawe and Steve Katz Co-Presidents, Cedar Board of Directors


Lisa Marie Brimmer (she/her) is a queer, black, transracial adoptee artist. A long time arts administrator, Brimmer has worked with organizations such as the Ordway Center for Performing Arts (as Arts Access Program Manager) and Intermedia Arts. As Programs Manager for the Department of Equity and Public Programming, her portfolio included artist and leadership development as well as the organization’s robust equity work. In her time as the Intermedia Arts’ Program Manager for the Creative Leadership Department (2014-16), she managed the Creative Community Leadership Institute and supported the Creative CityMaking- Minneapolis project. Her work has undergirded pilot projects, programs and departmental teams in atmospheres of both development and transition. As an artist, Brimmer has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine, Gazillion Voices, On the Commons Magazine, Burn Something and the anthology Walk Towards It. Her work has been performed in many Twin Cities venues and a few in Wisconsin. Brimmer is a two-time Givens Foundation for African American Literature fellow, a Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellow and a current graduate fellow in English Literature at the University of St. Thomas. Her work has been featured in Twin Cities Daily Planet, The Spokesman Recorder, Insight News and on the air with Minnesota Public Radio and KFAI. More:, @2speakease.


Neal Cuthbert was most recently the Vice-President of Programs at the McKnight Foundation. For over a decade he oversaw a program staff and grantmaking budget of $90+ million in support of third grade literacy, youth development, metro sustainable development, the Mississippi River, renewable energy, climate change, rural development, neuroscience research, international food security research, civil society work in Southeast Asia, and the arts. Prior to being VP, he was McKnight’s Arts Program Director for 16 years. Under his leadership the program received numerous awards and provided between $8-12 million annually to support arts organizations and artists in Minnesota. In addition to making grants, he developed a variety of reports including an examination of cultural development in the suburbs, the impact of the arts in rural communities, and the condition of individual artists. During his tenure he also oversaw the expansion of McKnight’s artist fellowship programs, established the Distinguished Artist Award, and with curator Steve Dietz, developed the artist website, He was formerly the director/publisher of the monthly art and culture journal, Artpaper, and a planner at the Metropolitan Council in the arts program and housing program. Neal was born and raised in Detroit and has exhibited artwork and published writing both locally and nationally.

The Cedar’s mission is to promote intercultural appreciation and understanding through the presentation of global music and dance. The Cedar is committed to artistic excellence and integrity, diversity of programming, support for emerging artists, and community outreach.