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Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust Announce Next Executive Director

Monday, June 9, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: K. Berle
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Brian Rogers, an accomplished painter, arts and culture consultant and the former deputy director of the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, has been named the next executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust. Rogers was appointed June 3 by Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins, following a months-long search that culminated with community forums in Portland and Salem.

During his 21 years with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), Rogers also served as deputy director of administration, program director for art museums and fellowship manager. Since leaving the Council in 2013, he has consulted with state arts agencies across the country about grant programs and funding.

Rogers played the key leadership role in the development and implementation of the "Cultural Data Project (CDP)," the public/private partnership of an innovative and groundbreaking data collection and reporting tool. He also served on the governing body for the CDP and as the state's task force manager. In addition, he implemented several PCA programs and services including Picture Pennsylvania, a state-wide traveling exhibition program.

Among Rogers' accomplishments in Pennsylvania were decentralized funding partnerships and initiatives for alternative funding options. He also implemented four strategic planning processes, one of which resulted in the nationally recognized re-organization of PCA's responsive funding programs, providing a higher level of service and more than doubling the number of applicants funded.

Rogers holds a bachelor's in fine arts from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, where he majored in painting, and earned his MFA from the Graduate School of Art at the University of Arizona.

He will begin his new role in July.

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