Tuesday, April 04, 2006

boston arts

gotta love when someone with no "arts background" is put in charge of arts in boston...

Hotline: Changing of the arts guard

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

In a surprise move, Julie Burns has been named Boston’s new director of the Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events. The announcement was made without fanfare on former director Susan Hartnett’s last day on the job. Burns does not have an arts background, but as a former deputy chief of staff for Mayor Thomas M. Menino and as executive director of Boston 2004, she has longheld ties to the mayor. Insiders say Menino is eager to tap her fund-raising skills in the corporate community. Word is that her former high-ranking position on Menino’s staff also will give her authority over sometimes reluctant departments whose cooperation she needs.

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