State arts council director announces retirement

Charlotte Fox, executive director of the Alaska State Council on the Arts, recently announced her retirement at the Council’s annual meeting in Juneau. She will leave the agency in January, 2012.

Fox joined the Council in 2001 as executive director. Her accomplishments over the last 10 years have included the following:

· Providing leadership to transition the council from a grant-making body to considering statewide arts and culture policy issues;

· Developing ASCA’s partnership with the Rasmuson Foundation, which now provides major funding for ASCA’s arts-in-education programs;

· Collaborating with other state agencies to strengthen the Percent-for-Art and other public art programs, which increases work opportunities for Alaska artists;

· Co-founding the Alaska Arts Education Consortium, which now provides integrated arts education training for classroom teachers across Alaska;

· Working with the State of Alaska and Alaska Community Land Trust to relocate the council’s offices to Mountain View;

· Establishing a regular statewide arts and culture conference every three years and other regular convenings of specific sectors of the arts and culture community;

· Securing increased state funds to support artists and arts education.

“While we are all deeply saddened by Charlotte’s decision to move on, we are extremely grateful for her truly outstanding contributions to the richness and vitality of artistic and cultural life in the Great Land,” remarked Ben Brown, chairman of the council.

ASCA will be launching a nationwide search for a new executive director in July, and has formed a search committee to be chaired by council-member Nancy Harbour. For more information about Fox’s retirement, contact the council’s offices at 269-6610. For more information about the executive director search, contact Nancy Harbour at 263-2913.

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