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Friday, August 17, 2012

The End of Kitch

Posted by on Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Looks like the mayor's office is looking to take advantage of the old Friday afternoon news dump game by putting out press releases when they think nobody's looking:

SEATTLE – Today Mayor Mike McGinn announced that he had accepted the resignation of Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Director Vincent Kitch. Kitch has served as head of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs since April 2011.

“I thank Vincent for his service and the contribution he has made to arts in Seattle over the last year and a half,” said McGinn. “I look forward to my administration’s continuing work, through the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, to help support the arts community in Seattle.”

Michele Scoleri, a senior advisor to the mayor, will serve as the short-term lead for the department as she directs the search for an interim director over the coming weeks.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs has a 2012 budget of $7.4 million.

Hmmm. This announcement could be the single most exciting event in the entire history of Vincent Kitch's tenure as Director of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. But that sure is some interesting timing. I think you might be hearing more about this story in the coming days on Slog.


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He's out after only a year and a half, with the announcement quietly dumped on a Friday evening? Smells like ignominy.
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on August 17, 2012 at 6:44 PM · Report this
This took about a year too long. He should have never been hired in the first place. Vincent Kitch has done a great deal of damage to the reputation of the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. The office needs to be heedful and do the necessary research when appointing his replacement. The next director should have the basic interpersonal skills to relate to the public and nurture talent in the office in order to insure and foster their mission. Arts are a regular target on every level of government, and art leaders need to be able to communicate its value selflessly, authentically, and sincerely. Kitch lacked all of these traits.
Posted by Other Shoes on August 17, 2012 at 8:11 PM · Report this
Baconcat 3
Michele Scoleri is replacing him? Oh, yeah, something's up.
Posted by Baconcat on August 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM · Report this
Can't wait to hear what the real story is.
Posted by wormletter on August 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM · Report this
He even had trouble differentiating between interns and staff in his small office.
Posted by lessmade on August 18, 2012 at 10:07 AM · Report this
It's exactly for occasions like this that SLOG uses upstyle headline format.
Posted by Eric from Boulder on August 18, 2012 at 10:53 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7
You had me worried for a second.

I thought you were proclaiming the End of Kitsch.
Posted by Will in Seattle on August 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM · Report this
@7, I hoped that was the case. Kitsch is a false god.
Posted by sarah70 on August 18, 2012 at 9:50 PM · Report this
I've got a suggestion for saving the city $7.4 million dollars.

Art is not a necessary function of government. They don't do it well, and even done badly, it's expensive.

But for the sake of argument, let's presume you need Art sponsored by big brother. Fire the entire department and give out grants of $4,000 to 1,850 artists with the caveat that the public needs to be able to see the works. That's $4k available to almost two thousand artists _every year_.
Posted by delbert on August 19, 2012 at 8:30 AM · Report this
Being asked to leave and accepting the ask, a resignation based on the need to get rid of a bad employee = FIRED.

What's wrong with a little honesty?
Posted by Other Shoes on September 3, 2012 at 7:18 PM · Report this

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