After being vacant since Oct. 1, the city's chief culture officer position has been filled. Helen Haynes will head the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, Mayor Nutter said Tuesday.
She replaces Gary Steuer, who a year ago informed the mayor of his decision to take a job heading a foundation in Denver.
Nutter didn't look far to find Haynes. She is a veteran of the region's arts scene, most recently as director of cultural affairs for Montgomery County Community College.
At a City Hall announcement of her appointment, Haynes said that she hoped the arts could "drive engagement in our city's neighborhoods," and that the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy "should be an ongoing part of our city government."