Chief Cultural Officer Gary Steuer Named Bonfils-Stanton Foundation President

Philadelphia, June 25, 2013 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Gary Steuer, Chief Cultural Officer and director of the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy since 2008, will be leaving the administration in October 2013.  Steuer will assume the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation in Denver Colorado, one of the largest funders of arts and culture in Denver.


“Gary has provided strong and innovative leadership of Philadelphia’s efforts to promote and invest in its arts, culture and creative economy,” said Mayor Nutter. “His work has been invaluable and I am sorry to see him go.  I know that he will be the highly respected civic leader in Denver that he has been here in Philadelphia.”


Mayor Nutter expects a search for a new director will commence immediately.


Steuer added, “It has been a gift to have the opportunity to lead the efforts of this administration to foster Philadelphia’s extraordinary creative sector. In the coming weeks I look forward to working with the Mayor, the Chief of Staff, and Joseph Kluger, the Chairman of the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council, to ensure strong ongoing leadership of the Office and its’ work. I am very excited about taking on this new challenge in Denver with such a highly-respected funder of the arts.”


Since 2008, Steuer has served as the Chief Cultural Officer and Director of the Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy for the City of Philadelphia.  Steuer previously served as Vice President of Private-Sector Affairs and Executive Director, Arts & Business Council for Americans for the Arts in New York (2005–‐2008).  Steuer also spent 12 years as President & CEO (1996–‐2005) and Director of New York Programs (1993–‐1996) for Arts and Business Council Inc., in New York.


The Foundation’s Board conducted a national search for the best candidate to advance the Foundation and its current mission.  The Foundation sought to find a champion of the arts to futher promote cultural vitality in the Denver community, and through Bonfils-Stanton current vision, engage local and national arts organizations and community members.


Bonfils‐Stanton Foundation centers its initiatives around signature programs that provide Denver‐based organizations with the resources to innovate and grow.  The programs include Community Grants, the Livingston Fellowship Program, the Bonfils‐Stanton Annual Awards and most recently, the support of Colorado Public Radio’s arts news bureau.


For more information on the Foundation and its programs, visit

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