Michael Orlove

National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia

Michael Orlove has been with the National Endowment for the Arts since 2012 having served as the Director of Artist Communities and Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works and responsibility over the agency's International programs. In April 2019, Orlove was named the Director of Regional, State and Local Partnership, a newly created position, and will also maintain supervision over the International portfolio.  Prior to working at the National Endowment for the Arts, Orlove spent 19 years as senior program director for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. His tenure with the department led to nearly two decades of innovation, creativity, and passion for public service with the City of Chicago. Michael helped transform the Chicago Cultural Center into a prime downtown performing arts venue, as well as launched Chicago SummerDance and World Music Festival: Chicago, two staples in the summer festival season. Michael also served as the director of music programming in Millennium Park since its grand opening in 2004. Honors include being named one of the 'Chicagoans of the Year' in music by the Chicago Tribune in both 1999 and 2009, as well as one of Chicago's 'Global Visionaries' by Chicago Public Radio WBEZ and the Chicago Matters: Beyond Burnham series.  He has a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA in performing arts management from Columbia College Chicago.