The Alaska State Council on the Arts has hired a new executive director. Shannon Daut of Denver takes over from the retiring Char Fox in January.
The 37-year old Daut is currently the deputy Director of the Western States Arts Federation, a thirteen state western regional arts organization. She’s worked there for the last twelve years. Her education and preferred medium includes rhetoric and film, but her experience with the Federation includes a wide range of artistic disciplines. Some of her work as deputy director included cultural policy and technology.
Daut’s hiring marked the end of three month national search, according to a release issued by the Council.
The Alaska State Council on the Arts operates under the state Department of Education, is funded by the Legislature, National Endowment for the Arts, and Rasmusen Foundation, and councilmembers are picked by the Governor.
Char Fox’s official retirement date is February 1, 2012.
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