Adam Stankevicius announces he has the top job at ArtsACT

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WHILE there has been no official announcement, and Minister Burch’s office at this time remains silent on the subject, we note that the former General Manager of the Centenary of Canberra, Adam Stankevicius, has announced on his LinkedIn profile that he now holds the coveted position of “Director, artsACT and Events ACT”.

We await, with bated breath, the official announcement.

UPDATE: A day later the official word comes in:

I am writing to advise that Mr Adam Stankevicius has been appointed to the role of Director, artsACT and Events ACT.

Adam has held a number of senior executive positions across a wide range of social, governance and economic policy and program areas in the ACT and Australian Governments and the non-government sector over the past 20 years. He has also been a senior policy and media adviser to parliamentarians across the political spectrum.

He was previously the General Manager of the Centenary of Canberra, overseeing the delivery of a wide ranging cultural, community, events and environmental program in 2013.

Adam has been involved with a range of national and ACT community organisations in the housing, health, youth, consumer and arts sectors, including the Board of Ausdance ACT in 2006 and the ACT Council of Cultural and Community Organisations in the 1990s.

“I am absolutely thrilled to accept the appointment as Director artsACT and Events ACT, at this point in the growth and maturing of Canberra’s cultural landscape,” Mr Stankevicius said.

“As a devoted Canberra enthusiast, I am very much looking forward to working with Canberra’s cultural sector to create great art, engage with arts and events audiences, and strengthen their contribution to the Canberra aesthetic, economy and community.

“The artsACT and Events ACT teams are both doing amazing work with and for the Canberra community and it is a privilege to be asked to lead them.”

Adam will start as Director, artsACT and Events ACT in the next couple of weeks. A photo of Adam is attached.

“CityNews” Arts Editor Helen Musa describes the appointment as a surprise to the Canberra arts community, which had been tipping one of two arts savvy contenders with long experience in the cultural sphere. But she says the appointment of Mr Stankevicius confirms a contrary view that the ACT Government would make a high-level bureaucratic appointment to the double-headed secretariat.

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