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Join mayor tonight at City Hall to welcome new arts director

Come in from the cold tonight and join Mayor Mike McGinn in giving a warm welcome to Vincent Kitch, whom the mayor recently named to lead the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

The meet-n-greet is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at City Hall. Enter on 5th Avenue between James and Cherry streets. Brief remarks at 6 p.m. We’ll have food and music by Julio Jauregui and his trio. No need to RSVP. Just come on down.

Vincent has worked in the arts for nearly 20 years, most recently as the Cultural Arts Program Manager for the City of Austin, Texas. Previously, he was the Education and Capital Improvement Programs Coordinator for the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs; the founding director of the Ysleta High School Performing Arts Magnet Program in El Paso, Texas; and the Arts Program Coordinator for the City of El Paso.

Vincent has served as a volunteer mentor for the Kennedy Center’s Arts in Crisis Program, as an executive committee member of the Americans for the Arts United States Urban Arts Federation, and on numerous other local, state and national boards and committees. Professionally trained in music, Vincent holds a Master of Music degree from Illinois State University and bachelor’s degrees in music business and trombone performance from Quincy University.

Vincent is scheduled to start work April 4. His appointment is subject to City Council confirmation.