Cultural Director Leaving Post

Gary Steuer, the city’s chief cultural officer and director of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy since 2008, will leave his post in October to join an arts foundation in Denver, the Nutter administration said Tuesday.

Mayor Nutter said he expects the search for a new director to begin immediately.

Steuer’s “work has been invaluable and I am sorry to see him go,” the mayor said in a news release. “I know that he will be the highly respected civic leader in Denver that he has been here in Philadelphia.”

Steuer said he would continue to work with the administration in the coming weeks “to ensure strong ongoing leadership of the office and its work.”

“It has been a gift to have the opportunity to lead the efforts of this administration to foster Philadelphia’s extraordinary creative sector,” he said.

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