A national spotlight was shining on the arts and creative organizations in Washtenaw County and Southeast Michigan last week when the National Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) visited. In this week's "creative:impact” segment, Victoria Hutter, the NEA’s assistant director for public affairs, joins WEMU's David Fair and The Arts Alliance’s Deb Polich to discuss what happened during the visit. Hear how the NEA continues to impact our communities and remains essential to the country.
Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy. In the weeks and months to come, 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and co-host Deb Polich, the President and CEO of The Arts Alliance, explore the myriad of contributors that make up the creative sector in Washtenaw County.
June 13, 2019
Washington, DC—The National Council on the Arts, the advisory body for the National Endowment for the Arts, will gather in and around Detroit, Michigan, for their summer meeting, June 19 to 21, 2019—only the second meeting convened outside of Washington, DC in the past 29 years.
“As the National Endowment for the Art’s commitment is to ensure that every American—in every community, in every neighborhood in America—has access to the arts, we are delighted to have our National Council on the Arts meeting in Michigan,” said National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter.
“I am pleased to welcome members of the National Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts to Michigan,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “This is an opportunity to showcase to a national audience Michigan’s vibrant arts and cultural scene and the diversity of the arts and cultural programming being offered across the state.”
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and CultureSource are co-hosting the Arts Endowment and the council. Council events feature tours of arts venues along with presentations by Michigan artists and organizations. The public meeting on Friday, June 21 from 9:00 to 11:30 am EST, will be webcast live at arts.gov.
The National Council on the Arts members are nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to advise the National Endowment for the Arts chairman on agency policies and programs and to review and make recommendations on applications for grants, funding guidelines, and initiatives.
Victoria Hutter joined the National Endowment for the Arts in 2000 as a communications specialist, served as acting director of communications in 2003 and 2008, and since 2014 has been the assistant director of public affairs for media relations. She is responsible for all Arts Endowment media campaigns, production of internal and external communication materials, and managing communications related to agency initiatives.
From 1995 to 2000, Hutter worked at Arts Midwest, a regional arts organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, initially as the public affairs assistant and later as a project manager for Arts Midwest’s jazz and international programs.
She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1994 with a master’s degree in arts management. Prior to graduate school, Hutter led public relations for Repertory Dance Theater in Salt Lake City and taught ballet at the University of Utah and for the William Christensen School of Ballet. From 1976 to 1985, she pursued a professional ballet career, performing with the National Ballet of Canada, Ballet West (Salt Lake City), and the Houston Ballet.
She received a bachelor’s degree in English magna cum laude from the University of Utah in 1989.
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