Updated NASAA Member Directory

Monday, October 15, 2007

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Announcements and Resources

News and Current Information

Veteran Executive Directors Retire

Betty Price, executive director of the Oklahoma Arts Council since 1983, retired effective October 1. Read more here.

Ricardo Hernandez has retired as executive director of the Texas Commission on the Arts. Read more here.

Alden Wilson, the nation's longest serving director of a state arts agency, has announced his plans to step down on Feb. 2. Read more here.

New Executive Directors and Chair

Donna McNeil, assistant director of Maine Arts Commission, will succeed Alden Wilson as director. Read more here.

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) has appointed Dr. Gary Gibbs as the Commission's new executive director. Read more here.

Governor Rick Perry has appointed Billye Proctor Shaw of Abilene as Chair of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA). Read more here.

Welcome New NASAA Staff Members!

Laura Auerbach, Director of Communications

After graduating from Rhode Island College with a degree in communications, Laura Auerbach has spent more than 10 years working in the corporate and nonprofit communications field. At NASAA, she is responsible for implementation strategies which advance NASAA advocacy and policy positions, raise the visibility of state arts agencies and promote NASAA's value to—and facilitate communications among—its members. Auerbach also provides editorial and production guidance for all NASAA communications—including the NASAA web site.

Auerbach has worked in marketing and communications with Fleishman-Hillard, an international public relations agency, and most recently with ITA, a trade association promoting a responsible message about the risks and benefits of ultraviolet light. At NASAA, she brings an array of experience in developing communication best practices, events planning, member communications, organizational development, technology implementation, marketing and branding design.

With a minor in Performing Arts, Auerbach has spent more than 20 years in the theater as an actor, singer and dancer. She was a Rhode Island College Public Presentation scholarship recipient.

Darlene Cartwright, Operations Associate

Darlene Cartwright joined the NASAA team in 2007. As Operations Associate, Darlene's key responsibility is to support and maintain a work environment that assists the productivity and efficiency of the program staff. She provides day-to-day administrative and operations support to the COO. Other responsibilities include human resources management, financial and budgetary oversight, and assistance with conferences and events.

Prior to joining NASAA, Darlene worked as the Marketing Manager for the Florida Department of State, Cultural, Historical and Information Programs in Tallahassee, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in Fashion Merchandising.


National Endowment for the Arts and XM Radio Launch "The Big Read on XM" National Radio Series

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with XM Radio, announced the launch of The Big Read on XM, a weekday radio series based on the NEA's national reading program of the same name. Read more here.

New England Foundation for the Arts Awards $455,000 in Grants to Support The Creation Of Contemporary Dance Projects

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) announced that its National Dance Project (NDP) has awarded $455,000 in production grants to support the development of new dance projects during the 2007-2008 season. Read more here.

Arts Help Ohio Economy

According to the results of a new study, the arts and culture industries contribute $2.4 billion to the economy of northwest Ohio annually. Read more here.

Calling Nominees for the 2008 Government Customer Support Excellence Awards

The Government Customer Support Excellence Awards will recognize Government help desks, call centers and/or other customer portals which excel in producing exemplary customer support and high customer and staff satisfaction. Read more here.