Brian Rogers Tapped To Run Arts, Culture Agencies

OPB | June 3, 2014 4:58 p.m. | Updated: June 3, 2014 9:47 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

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Brian Rogers has been named the new head of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust. Rogers comes from Pennsylvania. The search committee says he was chosen for his deep experience working in state agencies, and his qualities as a facilitator.

Rogers told attendees of a public forum Monday he wants to help arts and culture groups tap into diverse funding sources outside the state.

Rogers told attendees of a public forum Monday he wants to help arts and culture groups tap into diverse funding sources outside the state.

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Rogers spent sixteen years as a deputy director at the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He says he applied for the Oregon job because he was looking for new challenges.

“I find it extremely rewarding, personally,” Rogers said, “to work with organizations that are at a kind of crossroads. The rewarding part is to see the evolution as an organization revisions itself, and think about getting work done in a meaningful way.”

Rogers replaces Chris D’Arcy, who was fired after 19 years leading the Arts Commission and the Cultural Trust. The two organizations provide cash for groups all over the state, funding performances, library programs, historic preservation work, and much more.

Rogers’ experience includes coming up with data collection systems for arts and culture groups, and four strategic planning processes with different institutions.

He”ll start the new job in July.

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