Beth Rutkowski

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Perspiration

Day-to-day GroundWorks operations and administration; former Managing Director at Tri-C JazzFest; former Education Director at the Beck Center; BA Music at University of South Carolina; MBA from University of Louisville.

Inspiration

My girls and my husband, Matisse, the Mozart Requiem, SC barrier islands, the NCAA SEC, a 4-6-3 double play, a 40 ft. putt at Augusta Nat’l, and a clutch 3-pointer from the corner… no rim.

Biography

Beth Rutkowski began her tenure as GroundWorks first General Manager in July, 2011. In this role, Beth oversees all of the day-to-day operations and administration, including finances, marketing, grantwriting, and general administration. In the community, Beth currently serves on the executive board of the Cleveland Arts Education Consortium and on the Executive Committee of the Board of Chagrin Arts in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Prior to coming to GroundWorks, Beth was Managing Director of Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland from April 2005 through June 2011. With an annual attendance of around 30,000 and a budget of just over a million dollars, the two-week festival, dedicated to jazz performance and education, also maintained year-round educational activities. From 2000 – 2005, Beth served as the education director at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, Ohio. She restructured the various educational offerings into a full department of over 80 part-time instructors in dance, music, theater and visual arts. Her responsibilities at Beck Center also included overseeing the Outreach programming in k-12 schools as well as the Creative Arts Therapy division. The Beck Center served 5,000 students annually. Prior to the Beck Center, Beth worked at National City Bank in both Louisville, Kentucky and Cleveland and spent several years after college performing professionally as a singer/actor. Beth has a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Louisville. Beth and her husband Bob have two talented and beautiful daughters: Sarabeth, who is 12, and Susannah, who is 10.