Having already raised $70.8 million of the $77 million needed for Central Texas' premier performing arts venue, executive director Cliff Redd has made a huge splash in Austin over the past two years. Born and raised in Austin, Redd left Dallas to take on this daunting position, but with his extensive background in fundraising and arts administration, he was clearly the best man for the job. He has enlisted the involvement of the big-money individuals and corporations, as well as the grassroots community groups of every stripe, insuring that the Long Center will truly be for all Texans. A diplomat and a courtier, a visionary and a soothsayer, a leader and a laborer, Cliff Redd is a missionary bringing the word of a world-class arts arena to Austin.
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