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February 15, 12:02 PM click here to comment > 8

Vincent Kitch to head Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs

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.

Posted by: Aaron Pickus, Spokesperson


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Time February 15, 2011 at 4:03 pm

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Comment from Crispin
Time February 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Welcome to Seattle!

Comment from Visart
Time February 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Mr. Kitch has strong musical credentials. Are we assured that he will use his experience to support and promote a full spectrum including visual art and visual artists— painters, sculptors, installations, performance artists, and other public artists???

Comment from Erin
Time February 20, 2011 at 9:50 am

Your worries should exist no more! Mr. Kitch’s experience supporting arts and culture for all disciplines, interests and most importantly, his advocacy and impact on cultural democracy will be a boon to Seattle’s artists AND citizens.

Comment from Fingers crossed
Time March 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Let’s hope he does a better job of opperating the department than Michael Killoren did. Too much favortism and funding of “the usual suspects” year after year. Let’s hope the new management means new artists will get a chance at some funding.

Comment from Hochzeits DJ
Time October 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I’m a professional wedding dj in Switzerland and I came across the homepage looking for some interesting music. Off course, Seattle is the home of indiependet rockmusic and great coffet. But I think when you have a person from Austin Texas with great experience in arts, music and culture, it’s just a big win for Seattle. Wished I could live there!

Comment from Akiva Kenny Segan, M.F.A.
Time September 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

We just received the 2011 Report to the Community brochure/booklet in the building where I live. It’s unfortunate that Mr. Kitch chose to make the entire inaccessible & unreadable to a vast number of Seattle residents with it’s tiny and very pale type/font & text. While it’s currently very trendy to make unreadable pamphlets, gallery guides & schedules by local art museums and other arts organizations (e.g. the Benaroya Hall symphony schedule for fall 2012-winter 2013 is completely inaccessible & unreadable), what this means in actuality is that the booklets are designed solely for the edification of those who’ve designed them and are completely useless for those who they’re supposedly designed for: the public. Considering city monies, derived from taxes, fund this agency, their decision to make the report visually accessible to only a small % of the adult community is a very poor one. The director and Office Operations staff would do well to issue a public apology in the next issue – while concurrently designing the type/font and entire text so that it can be easily read by people of all ages, including those over the ages of 40 to 50.

Comment from Akiva Kenny Segan, M.F.A.
Time September 10, 2012 at 9:06 am

P.S. The type in this website page would also be better served for accessibility were the website designer to make the type solid black rather than pale gray. As such it suffers from the same discrimination-problem as does the hardcopy 2011 Report to the Community: It’s designed for the edification of the website designer and hardly for anyone in the community who views it.