Policy Question: How Should State Arts Agency Directors Be Appointed?

Jun 7, 2010

An interesting policy discussion is arising around proposed legislation in California to change the way that the director of the California Arts Council is appointed from a gubernatorial appointment to an appointment made by the Council members, who are themselves appointed by the Governor.

Barry Hessenius, former Director of the California Arts Council, weighs the pros and cons in his blog.

This is a policy question worth considering for those both within and outside of California, along with examination of how state arts agency directors are appointed in your own state.

Brief excerpt: 

The ultimate issue isn’t who appointments the Director, nor even of the existence of the agency itself – the real issue is the principle of state support for the arts. I would hate to do anything that threatened that support as a principle.

Image: Question Mark Squircle by Xurble

Tags: Arts Advocacy, State Arts Agencies, Policy, Arts Policy

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