CultureWork ; Vol. 12, No. 02
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In the spring of 2006, I was invited by Eugene, Oregon Mayor Kitty Piercy to chair a twenty-one-person Mayor’s Cultural Policy Review Committee, along with Vice-Chair David Kelly (out-going Eugene City Councilor). The Mayor’s Review Committee advised consultants, Marc Goldring and Claudia Bach of WolfBrown (http://www.wolfbrown.com/), as they conducted a comprehensive Cultural Policy Review on behalf of the City of Eugene. My appointment to the Mayor’s Committee was my first appointment to a citizen advisory committee charged with community cultural planning. At the time of my appointment, I was not working for a local community arts organization to which I had a particular allegiance, but I had previously worked as the Executive Director of the Jacobs Gallery. Because of this, I was well-positioned to understand the challenges facing Eugene’s cultural sector as a visual arts advocate with connections to the city bureaucracy.