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September 24, 2014

Boston Taps Chicago Arts Leader to Head New Culture Office

Fulfilling a campaign promise to elevate the arts as a City Hall priority, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh named a chief cultural officer Tuesday, restoring the position to cabinet-level status, The Boston Globe reports. Julie Burros, who has led Chicago's municipal arts efforts since 2000, will come to Boston in December with a mandate to develop a broad plan to bolster the city's cultural institutions and community of artists.

Under former Mayor Thomas Menino, cultural planning was subsumed into the city's Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events. Mr. Walsh established a new Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture with an initial budget of $1.3-million, with Ms. Burros reporting directly to him. In announcing the hire, he said a stronger arts sector will yield economic as well as cultural benefits and improve quality of life across the city.