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Mike McGinn (former Mayor)
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Killoren resigns as director of Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs

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9/8/2010  2:30:00 PM
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Killoren resigns as director of Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Will serve as discipline director for Local Arts Agencies /
Challenge America Fast-Track for NEA

SEATTLE - Today Mayor Mike McGinn announced that he had accepted the resignation of Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Director Michael Killoren, who is leaving Seattle to serve as discipline director for Local Arts Agencies / Challenge America Fast-Track for the National Endowment for the Arts. His resignation is effective October 5.

"I am grateful for Michael's service to Seattle. I am glad he can pursue his commitment to local arts agencies in this new national position," said McGinn. "We look forward to working with the Arts Commissioners to hire his successor, and to carry on the work of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs."

During Killoren's tenure as director, the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs broadened its programs and services to provide greater public access to arts and culture, especially in communities of color, launching the innovative smART ventures program, the Neighborhood and Community Arts program, and a ground-breaking partnership with Seattle Public Schools to restore arts education for every student.

"It has been an honor to serve in Seattle, a city with one of the highest concentrations of arts and arts-related businesses in the nation, and one of the most innovative and collaborative cultural sectors to found anywhere," said Killoren.

"While I am pleased at this amazing opportunity for Michael, I know I speak for my fellow Commissioners and our constituencies when I say we will miss his wise counsel and unfailing commitment to Seattle's arts and culture community," said Dorothy H. Mann, chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. "His sense of teamwork, respect and commitment to the relationship between the Commission and the Office of Arts and Culture Affairs has contributed to a model public/private partnership. I know he will bring that same sense of responsibility to his work with the NEA."

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