David Siegel serves as executive director of the Ent Center for the Arts at UCCS. In this capacity, he supports the Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA), Theatreworks, and the academic mission of the University. Before joining the UCCS, David served as chief executive officer of the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, where he worked with businesses, artists, arts organizations, and community leaders to support the arts in the Pikes Peak region. Under David’s leadership, the foundation launched a direct support fund for individual artists affected by COVID-19 and created a low-barrier granting opportunity to support quick pandemic adaptions at local arts organizations.
David is chair of the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Advisory Board and is a past president of Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) board of directors. He also serves on the Colorado Springs Philharmonic board of directors, the Lodging and Automobile Rental Tax Committee, the Colorado Springs Public Art Commission, and co-chaired a statewide affinity group of arts funders and philanthropists. David received the Mayor’s Young Leader Award for Community and Economic Development in 2020.
An artist in his own right, David maintains an active performance schedule and holds a degree in violin performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He is a member of several performing ensembles including Grass it Up and Mango fan Django, named best bluegrass and jazz bands respectively by the Colorado Springs Independent. David has opened for artists including the Yonder Mountain String Band and he serves as music director for the Green Box Arts Festival where he has commissioned several new symphonic, choral, and chamber works. Off stage and out of the office, David enjoys cooking, eating, and exploring the outdoors by foot, bike, or skis.