In joining the Jordan College of Fine Arts’ Board of Visitors, Trevor Yager brings his longtime passion for the arts. Yager started at Anderson University as a vocal performance major, has served as an American Cabaret Theatre board member and was appointed to the Indiana Arts Commission board in 2010.
“I see a lot of the after-effects of what Butler does with its training and education,” he said. “The arts commission supports the arts organizations that Butler graduates work at or are part of or start. So I see this as a continuum of education.”
Yager owns TrendyMinds Inc., a company that he started in 1995 as a student at Anderson University. At the time, he offered silk screening and embroidery services, but he redirected the company and it evolved into a full-scale marketing services and strategic communications business.
So he also brings to the board an ability to craft messages and figure out solutions.
JCFA Dean Ron Caltabiano said he’s happy to have Yager working with JCFA.
“Trevor Yager is one of the great young entrepreneurs of Indianapolis,” Caltabiano said. “He epitomizes the synergy between business, community and the arts.”
Yager said he likes what he sees happening in JCFA, particularly in the decisions to add general arts-education classes as a requirement in the curriculum and to require students to attend off-campus arts events.
“I think that’s really smart,” he said. “While you can do a great job educating them, if they’re not attending events in the community, they’re missing out on seeing what the arts look like after they’re out of school.”