Philadelphia, PA (August 23, 2021) – Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA), a pro bono legal services organization serving emerging artists and arts organizations, has named Kenneth L. Metzner as executive director, effective September 13, 2021. With more than 14 years serving the arts and culture community of greater Philadelphia following a 17-year legal career, Metzner is well positioned to lead the organization to further expand and enhance the legal resources and services for Greater Philadelphia’s thriving arts and culture community. Metzner will be PVLA’s first executive director hired from outside the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Arts & Business Council since the two organizations parted ways and PVLA resumed independent operations in 2019.
“We are pleased to welcome Ken to PVLA and are confident he will have tremendous impact on our work to address the needs of our local arts and culture community,” said Brian Kisielewski, PVLA’s Board President. “Ken’s leadership experience in the arts and culture community paired with his legal expertise makes him uniquely qualified to lead PVLA and to work with our attorney volunteers and our arts and culture clients while growing our organization.”
“I am looking forward to joining this storied, overachieving organization, and to tackling the myriad challenges facing both the non-profit and arts communities at this critical moment in our history,” said Metzner. “As a five-year volunteer lawyer with PVLA, I am most especially looking forward to being of service to PVLA and the clients it serves in this new leadership capacity.”
Metzner previously served as the executive director of Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, and was earlier the founding executive director of the Kun-Yang Lin Dancers and the CHI Movement Arts Center. His experience in the legal field includes working at two major New York law firms before joining the legal team at a luxury department store chain based in New York, where he rose in rank to senior vice president and general counsel during his 10-year tenure.
Metzner is a graduate of University of Virginia School of Law and Georgetown University. He serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, The Community Coalition of Phoenixville, and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and is an arbitrator at the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas.
About Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts:
PVLA is a non-profit legal services organization through which lawyers assist artists and cultural organizations throughout the Greater Philadelphia area via legal representation, publications, advocacy, education, and counseling pro bono. In 2019, PVLA resumed operations as an independent nonprofit organization after 10 years as a program of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Arts and Business Council. In recent years, PVLA has provided, on average per year, roughly 3,600 hours pro bono legal services valued at approximately $1.4 million to more than 265 artists, arts groups and inventors. PVLA’s services to the legal and arts communities have also included continuing legal education for lawyers, free educational programming for artists regarding their legal rights, a speakers bureau offering speakers at no cost to arts organizations and schools, and other resources. For more information or to learn how to get involved, please visit www.pvla.org.