Fritz Jellinghaus has been appointed Vice President of Development at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts with immediate effect. He was previously Director of Leadership Giving at Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Conn., a 10-year-old museum ranked nationally among the top children’s museums in the country.
Prior to joining Stepping Stones, Jellinghaus was the founder and president of Jellinghaus & Associates, Inc., a marketing/fundraising consulting firm with offices in New York City and Chester, Conn., that developed and promoted alliances between business and cultural/educational organizations.
He has developed marketing, communications and fundraising/sponsorship programs for many organizations, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Friends of the Hebrew University, The Phillips Collection, Twyla Tharp Dance Company, ORBIS International, the International Museum of Cartoon Art, The New York Public Library, and The New York Botanical Garden. In Connecticut, his clients have included the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Wadsworth Atheneum, Florence Griswold Museum, Goodspeed Opera House, Hartford Stage Company, and the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Corporation.
Jellinghaus has worked with companies on corporate citizenship programs from philanthropy, sponsorships and cause-marketing to volunteerism and community affairs, including Merck, ITT Hartford, Kraft/General Foods, Saturday Review magazine, Purdue Pharma, New York Media Group, Whirlpool, Kohler, Aquarion Company and The Hartford Courant.
Prior to launching Jellinghaus & Associates in 1997, he founded Cultural Communications Consultants and The Community Marketing Group to promote the mutual interests of not-for-profit organizations and corporations.
Jellinghaus has held senior positions at Philadelphia’s public broadcasting corporation WHYY, Inc. and the International Museum of Cartoon Art. He has been a senior executive at the New York communications firms M. Booth & Associates, Ruder-Finn/Arts & Communications Counselors, and Jan Krukowski Associates.
A repeat-appointee of Connecticut Governors John Rowland and M. Jodi Rell to the state Commission on Culture & Tourism, Jellinghaus is also President of the Board of Directors of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and serves on the Advisory Board of Margreta Stage Company. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, he was a three-term appointee of the Connecticut Speaker of the House to the state Commission on the Arts, and also served as an appointee to the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Volunteerism. He has been a board member of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, the Science Center of Connecticut, the Palm Beach County Cultural Task Force, and the Westport Arts Center.
Debra Petke, President of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, comments, “We are delighted Fritz has joined us at the College. In a career focused on leadership fundraising in arts, cultural and educational sectors, he has already enabled a wide range of prominent organizations to achieve success and I am looking forward to Fritz bringing those proven skills to our institution.” She continues, “He has demonstrated a strong ability to unite clear goals with tight strategy management and relationship building. This fits perfectly with the current development strategy of the College,” adding, “Throughout his career, Fritz has been singled-out for a natural ability to attract, renew and sustain friendships for those institutions and projects he has served.”
Jellinghaus notes, ““It is a great privilege to join the College community at a time of new vision and growth for this pre-eminent art school. The dynamic exchange it fosters between talented students and accomplished teachers produces new art in our time, while also retaining the strong traditions of the school’s classical heritage, and nourishes the need we all have for art in our lives. I’m really looking forward to working with President and CEO Debra Petke and her administration to forge ever-stronger partnerships with this remarkable community so committed to the arts.”