Members represent nation’s 60 largest cities
John D’Angelo, Manager of the City of Wichita’s Arts & Cultural Services Division, has been elected president of the United States Urban Arts Federation’s (USUAF) Executive Committee. D’Angelo, who has served as an at-large member on the organization’s Executive Committee for the past two years, was named to the position on Jan. 21 during USUAF’s biannual meeting in Washington, D.C.
USUAF is a program of the Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. USUAF is comprised of the chief executives of arts agencies in the nation’s largest 60 cities. D’Angelo will guide USUAF in addressing the social, educational and economic development impact of arts in its represented regions and around the United States.
“It is an honor to lead this group of art administrators and facilitate the exchange of best practices,” D’Angelo said. “I consider USUAF to be a beneficial resource for the City of Wichita as we continue to expand and enhance our cultural offerings and offer all citizens art opportunities that are both relevant and thought-provoking.”
D’Angelo plans to utilize the first-ever Arts Index Report, issued by Americans for the Arts earlier this month. The report, which measures such things as charitable giving and attendance, will be useful as Wichita moves forward with its strategic planning for arts and cultural initiatives.
“I’m pleased that John is being recognized for his long time commitment to the arts,” Wichita City Manager Robert Layton said. “He will be a valuable asset to this organization in his new leadership role.”
During his 30-year tenure with the City of Wichita, D’Angelo has been responsible for the creation and implementation of the City’s Cultural Arts Plan. He has also led cultural tourism projects that promote economic development. Currently, he provides direction and daily management of the Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, CityArts, the Mid-America All-Indian Center and Old Cowtown Museum. In addition, D’Angelo is involved in developing cultural and special events in Wichita, overseeing the City’s public art collection and serving as a liaison between the City and arts/cultural organizations. Active throughout the community, D’Angelo was recently presented the Distinguished Service Award by the Go Wichita Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.