Ben Earman named Cultural Council Executive Director

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Ben Earman

Vero Beach resident Ben Earman was named Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Indian River County effective November 23.Earman replaces long-time Executive Director Barbara Hoffman who retired last year.
Most recently, Earman, 33, was employed as the Gift Services Administrator at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. He has also worked for several Vero Beach nonprofits including the Education Foundation of Indian River County and the Senior Resource Association, where he handled fundraising, marketing and special events.
He served on the Board of Directors for the Vero Beach Theatre Guild for three terms and twice as Vice President and on the board of the Indian River County Community Service Alliance. Just recently, he was appointed to the City of Vero Beach’s Three Corners Steering Committee, and he also serves on committees for the We Care Foundation, Ballet Vero Beach, and Dancing with Vero’s Stars, after being a star dancer in 2018, and Ballet Vero Beach. 
“We are fortunate that Ben has a wide range of experience in the arts and are confident in his ability to lead the Cultural Council forward,” said Alicia Quinn, Chair of the Board of Directors.
Earman’s hiring comes as the Cultural Council re-energizes itself following the retirement of Hoffman last year. He is a lifelong, fourth generation resident of Indian River County. His father, Joe Earman, was recently elected to the Board of County Commissioners and was a former Captain for Indian River County Fire Rescue.In addition, the regional theater scene is familiar territory for Earman. His acting credits include Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, The Pineapple Playhouse in Fort Pierce, The Barn Theatre in Stuart and The Henegar Center for the Arts in Melbourne. Notably, he has performed in and directed many lauded shows for the Vero Beach Theatre Guild. 
“My family and I have strong roots in the community,” Earman said. “My connections and involvements are diverse and extensive. I bring excitement and a great desire to see that the Cultural Council strengthens and grows as a resource and a valuable asset to the arts community.”
Earman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Performing Arts from the University of Tampa, an Associates Degree in Education from Indian River Stage College and is an alumnus of the Indian River Charter High School for Visual & Performing Arts.
The Cultural Council of Indian River County, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, promotes visual, literary and performing arts through education, collaboration, marketing and advocacy to enrich the lives of residents and visitors. It is the county’s designated arts agency.
For more information about the Cultural Council, visit or call 772-770-4857. Ben can be reached at

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