Philanthropist Jeanette Heinz elected to the board of directors of the Monthaven Arts and Culture Center
“I am honored to welcome Jeanette to our Board,” said Barry Ellis, Chairman of the MACC Board of Directors. “The MACC has significantly expanded its community engagement and artistic activities over the past two years, and Jeanette has already played a vital role in helping us achieve our mission. She will now be a leader in MACC’s efforts to expand its campus and charitable reach.
A resident of Gallatin, Tennessee, Heinz is one of the founding members of MACC. In this capacity, she has already established a close working relationship with MACC and its Executive Director, Cheryl Strichik. Heinz served as President of Moonlight and Magnolias, MACC’s flagship annual fundraising gala, in 2020 and 2022. (The former event was postponed due to the pandemic.) In 2021, Heinz was the title sponsor of Royal Elegance, which featured some of the late Princess Diana’s most spectacular evening dresses. Royal Elegance was one of MACC’s most successful and high-profile exhibitions to date.
“Jeanette’s contributions to MACC have really made a difference,” says Strichik. “She is deeply committed to MACC’s mission to improve our community through arts education and engagement. I am thrilled to work with her to transform Sumner County into one of the nation’s leading creative communities. »
Heinz brings experience and business acumen to his new role. Indeed, one could say that business is in his DNA. His fraternal great-grandfather, Henry J. Heinz, founded the Heinz Food Company in 1869. His maternal grandfather, John-Olaf Engstrom, of Stockholm, Sweden, was president of the Saab Automobile Company in Trollhätten. Heinz, for his part, holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She is an investor in Heinz Marketing, Inc., a B2B sales and marketing company located in Redmond, WA, serving businesses in North America and abroad.
Heinz’s election closely follows two other significant appointments to MACC’s Board of Directors. Hendersonville resident René Fields was elected to the MACC Board of Directors in May. Fields and her husband Stan, a partner at Tenn Properties in Hendersonville, are longtime supporters of MACC. Gallatin resident John Block was named to the MACC board in July. Also a founding member of the MACC, Block is executive vice-president of the Park West Gallery, which is the largest art dealer in the world. In his role, Block plays a leadership role in sales and operations management, strategic planning, training and development of Park West, and more.
The Monthaven Arts and Culture Center (MACC) is an art museum and educational institution, housed in one of Tennessee’s most spectacular antebellum mansions. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the MACC has curated exhibits featuring everything from ceramic art by Pablo Picasso to Princess Diana’s evening gowns. Works by local artists and veterans are also frequently displayed. As an art school, MACC offers classes to more than 600 children and adults each year. MACC also offers free arts outreach and healing arts activities to underserved children, families, and veterans.