Last week, amongst a flurry of announcements on new arts projects, Sacramento’s Mayor Darrell Steinberg announced the hiring of Jonathon Glus to lead the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC). Glus, who was CEO for nine years at the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), left his position there earlier this year to “pursue new challenges.” Starting in mid-July, Glus will be working to “help shape the arts and culture plan” for Sacramento. Mayor Steinberg said of the Cultural Plan:
The blueprint cultural plan will help us get the data for where to invest, how to build cases to leverage by the way corporate and personal philanthropy. We shouldn’t spend public dollars unless it’s matched in most instances two or three to one, especially when it comes to destination Sacramento.
In addition to Glus’ hiring, Mayor Steinberg announced his support of bringing buskers back to Sacramento’s streets, upping the level of arts education in city schools, and increasing the budget of the SMAC by $500,000. The city is also starting a new $500,000 initiative that will award micro-grants for pop-up events, art installations, and performances.
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