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Gail Browne, former executive director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center, has been named the executive director of the Office of Arts and Culture for the City of Phoenix.
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, founded in 1985, manages Phoenix’s acclaimed public art program, a national model for involving artists in the design of city infrastructure. The office also administers a grants program; promotes arts learning; conducts research; advocates for the arts; provides information and technical assistance to artists and cultural organizations; and oversees the city’s cultural planning.
Ms. Browne assumed her position at the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture on March 3, 2014. She served as executive director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center from July 2002 through July 2013. Prior to her tenure at the University of Arizona she was senior partner at Browne Zukow Associates, a marketing company based in San Francisco, CA.
Under the general supervision and direction of the Phoenix City Manager’s Office she acts as the chief arts and culture advocate for the City of Phoenix. Responsibilities include administration of the Office of Arts and Culture, its staff, programs and arts collection. The current program includes overseeing the development and implementation of a comprehensive Public Art Project Plan, implementation of grants and cultural facility bond monies to arts and cultural organizations; the coordination of all Arts and Culture Commission meetings and committee work; development of goals and objectives; preparation and administration of budget and fund raising efforts.