The city's search for the head of its Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs ends now: Vincent Kitch (great name) is the new guy, and he'll start April 4. He's coming from Austin, where he held a similar post, and has a background in music performance—but that's just the sketch from the press release, which is on the jump in its entirety.
I'll figure out more about Kitch in the coming hours. Know him? Leave it in the comments.
SEATTLE — Mayor Mike McGinn today announced Vincent Kitch as the new acting director of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
“Vincent has a strong reputation for supporting and expanding the arts in Austin, and I look forward to working with him here in Seattle,” McGinn said.
Kitch has worked in the arts for nearly 20 years, most recently as the Cultural Arts Program Manager for the city of Austin. The city is famous for its annual South By Southwest music, film and interactive conference and festival, and has drawn comparisons to Seattle as a place that values and supports artists and arts programming.
Previously, Kitch was the Education and Capital Improvement Programs Coordinator for the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs; the Director of Performing Arts/Magnet Program Coordinator for Ysleta High School Performing Arts Magnet; and the Arts Program Coordinator for the city of El Paso.
Kitch has a Master of Music from Illinois State University, a Bachelor of Science (Music Business) from Quincy University and a Bachelor of Arts (Music Performance) from Quincy University and serves as a member of the United States Urban Arts Federation.
His appointment is subject to City Council confirmation. His first day as acting director is April 4.