Margaret Hunt to head Colorado Creative Industries
Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade that replaced the Colorado Council of the Arts, has a new executive director, Margaret Hunt, who will be responsible for developing a statewide, shared vision for Colorado's creative industries.
"Margaret has extensive experience in regional and national leadership, along with practical hands-on experience working in the arts and economic development," Ken Lund, executive director of OEDIT, said in announcing the appointment. "We are confident that she will be a great asset for CCI and for Colorado."
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Hunt has been executive director of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums since 2005, and saw the agency through the merger of two state agencies: the Utah Arts Council and the Office of Museum Services. Before that, she served as director of community and economic development for Salt Lake City government; manager of economic development programs for PacifiCorp/Rocky Mountain Power Company; and vice president of a Utah-based fundraising consulting group for nonprofit organizations.
Perhaps more important for Colorado artists, Hunt is a visual artist who attended Naropa University and also served as director of the International Microfinance Training Program at Naropa.
She'll start at Colorado Creative Industries on April 1 -- ten days before CCI's annual conference kicks off in Pueblo.