Meet and Ask the NEA

Friday, June 16, 3:20 pm - 4:00 pm
The annual tradition continues with this great opportunity to meet and ask questions of the core NEA staff who work with and support LAAs and other local service work.

This session addresses issues of community development, private sector engagement, public value, and research.

This session is part of the Celebrating Optimism sessions.

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Presenters
Michael Killoren
Director, Local Arts Agencies / Challenge America
National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia
Michael Killoren serves as the Director for Local Arts Agencies and Challenge America at the National Endowment for the Arts. He is responsible for the grantmaking processes for Local Arts Agencies (LAA’s), developing partnerships to advance the LAA field as a whole, and the Challenge America program. Killoren served as director of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, from 2002 through 2010, where he led the city’s funding and public art programs, developed policy initiatives to increase public access to arts and culture, and established a groundbreaking partnership to restore arts education in Seattle Public Schools. He was Seattle’s first director of cultural tourism for Seattle's CVB, and was executive director of the King County Arts Commission, where he worked to increase access and participation in arts and culture, in rural and suburban communities. He also served as president and vice-president of the U.S. Urban Arts Federation of AFTA.
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Lara Holman Garritano
Local Arts Agency Specialist
National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia
Lara Holman Garritano currently serves as the Local Arts Agency Specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts. With more than 20 years of experience in the field, Lara has worked with local arts agencies in a variety of capacities. Most recently, Lara was the Creative District Manager for downtown Colorado Springs in Colorado. After working to obtain a state-certified creative district designation, Lara developed and managed programming that sought to integrate arts and creativity into downtown’s economic and livability efforts. Prior to that, Lara worked at 4Culture in Seattle, Washington. Her work there included a variety of positions that ranged from managing grant funding programs for arts organizations and local arts agencies to assisting with agencywide priorities as the organization’s first Communications Manager.
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