Big News!

We are so pleased to share the news that Michael Orlove has been named as NEA's Director of State, Regional, and Local Partnerships!


This is a new position that combines the State & Regional portfolio with the Local Arts Agencies and Challenge America portfolios. In addition, Michael will continue to manage NEA’s International work with Guiomar Ochoa. 


For the past six years, Michael has provided essential leadership within the National Endowment for the Arts and to the presenting field as NEA’s Director of Artist Communities and Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works. And, he has become a valued colleague to many of you reading this note. We in the Partnership Division are so pleased that Michael is going to be leading our team. We’ll be welcoming Michael and Guiomar in early April. 


And now, Michael would like to greet you himself:


“I am beyond excited to have the honor to take on this new expanded role at the National Endowment for the Arts. My career in this field actually started at the local arts agency in Chicago and in my six year tenure here at the Endowment I have learned a great deal about the fundamental role the Regional and State Arts Agencies play in serving and sustaining the vitality of the arts across the country. I enter this role with plenty of ideas, enthusiasm and curiosity but also knowing I have a great deal to learn. I welcome the opportunity to absorb as much as I can from our colleagues at the Locals, States and Regions as well as our friends at Americans for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. I can’t wait to get started…”


Lara Holman Garritano

Local Arts Agencies & Challenge America Specialist | Partnership

National Endowment for the Arts

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