Nina Freedlander Gibans attended Wellesley College, an important base from which to finish at Sarah Lawrence College where she became editor of the newspaper during the McCarthy era, and concentrated on studies in art, music and literature. In the 70s, she launched the Cleveland Area Arts Council and, as executive director, guided its pioneering efforts to enhance the city's urban environment through a variety of public art initiatives, some of which can still be seen in today's cityscape. In 1976, she received the National Arts Management Award from Arts Management magazine for this work. Her book, The Community Arts Council Movement: History, Opinions and Issues, remains the definitive study of the arts council movement in America. Now, Nina Gibans is a prominent Community Arts Leader and Cultural Consultant for the Greater Clevleand area.