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Santa Monica Looks North for New Cultural Affairs Manager
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By Lookout Staff

May 4, 2016 -- Santa Monica looked to the frigid north for its new cultural affairs manager, tapping Shannon Daut, who headed the Alaska State Council of the Arts for five years before accepting the City post.

Daut -- who also serves on the board of the National Performance Network and the Western States Arts Federation -- will assume her new post on Monday, City officials said.

Community and Cultural Services Director Karen Ginsberg said Daut brings a proven record and fresh ideas.

“As a proven leader with deep knowledge in arts programming and cultural policy planning, I am confident that she will build on our existing strengths and bring new ideas and opportunities for the advancement of the arts in Santa Monica,” Ginsberg said.

As the Cultural Affairs Manager, Daut will "develop and direct a range of cultural affairs programs and services for the public," City officials said.

"She will promote the arts in Santa Monica in collaboration with non-profit organizations and the local artist community, and develop policy recommendations regarding cultural and arts programming in the community," officials said.

As executive director of the Alaska State Council of the Arts, Daut "represents, supports, and advances the creative endeavors of individuals, organizations, and agencies" throughout the state, Santa Monica officials said.

Daut said she is "thrilled" to join Santa Monica's Community and Cultural Services Department.

“The City's cultural assets, including its incredible concentration of artists and creatives, makes it a wonderfully fertile environment to accomplish great things," Daut said in a statement Wednesday.

"I am particularly excited to work with the broad community to envision new ways that the arts -- and artists -- can contribute to Santa Monica’s rich cultural environment.”

Before assuming the post in Alaska, Daut served as deputy director of the Western States Arts Federation, where she oversaw cultural policy and technology.

Daut has a bachelor's degree in Communication Arts/Film from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a graduate degree in Communication/Rhetoric from the University of Colorado-Denver.

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