Hilary Jay, executive director of The Design Center at Philadelphia University, has been appointed to the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council, a new group of prominent leaders that will advise city leaders on arts and cultural issues.
“We have gathered an incredibly talented group of leaders from the arts and culture community to help us as we develop, nurture and promote the arts in Philadelphia,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter said in announcing the appointments at a Dec. 5 press conference.
“I’m honored to be named to the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council,” Jay said. “It’s terrific recognition of the work being carried out by The Design Center and Philadelphia University. It’s a team effort.”
Jay lauded Nutter’s support for the arts and culture in the city. “It shows a serious understanding that the creative economy contributes significantly to the bottom line of the city, and also plays a substantial role in the quality of life of its residents.”
“The Mayor’s choice of Hilary Jay allows a design professional of national reputation to leverage her skills for the benefit of Philadelphia, much as she does now at Philadelphia University,” said Philadelphia University President Stephen Spinelli Jr.
The Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council, which was re-established in July, consists of 42 leaders from the arts and culture community who will advise Nutter and the city’s Chief Cultural Officer Gary Steuer as they develop a comprehensive arts and culture strategy for Philadelphia.
“I am extremely excited about the appointment of this strong and diverse group of leaders who will provide invaluable advice and counsel to me and the Mayor as we all work together to foster a vibrant Philadelphia filled with arts, culture, heritage and creativity-driven business,” Steuer said.
Council members were chosen from more than two hundred applications and recommendations from leaders in the arts and culture community.