A Special Evening Honoring
Feather Houstoun & Gary Steuer
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | Cocktails 6:00pm; Dinner 7:00pm
The Print Center, a nonprofit organization showing contemporary prints and photography, will honor Feather Houstoun and Gary Steuer for their significant contributions to the cultural community as part of a series of events leading up to the Center’s 100th anniversary in 2015. The event will take place November 14, 2012 at The Print Center.
Feather Houstoun, former president of the William Penn Foundation, is senior advisor to the Wyncote Foundation for public media and journalism. Perhaps best known for her career in the public sector, she has served as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Public Welfare, Treasurer of the State of New Jersey and chief financial officer of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. Prior to joining the Foundation, Houstoun was an executive with AmeriChoice and a senior visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. As leader of the William Penn Foundation, Houstoun was instrumental in helping the Philadelphia cultural community become an integral part of the region’s economy. She inspired arts organizations to strengthen their own internal management and encouraged them to promote the importance of the arts to all citizens.
Since 2008 Gary Steuer has held the position of Chief Cultural Officer in the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy for the City of Philadelphia. The Office’s charge is increasing the public’s access to and awareness of the arts, arts education and cultural opportunities and activities, coordinating the efforts of City agencies and cultural institutions, and promoting investment in the creative sector. He is a member of the Mayor’s Cabinet, advising on cultural and creative economy issues. Previously, Steuer was the Vice President for Private-Sector Affairs at Americans for the Arts, and the Executive Director of the Art & Business Council of Americans for the Arts. He has written, lectured and taught on arts management and policy issues and has served on many boards of directors and advisory panels for local, state and national organizations. He regularly contributes blog posts to the Huffington Post, the Americans for the Arts ARTSblog and for his site Arts, Culture and Creative Economy. Steuer has played a significant role in making our city a magnet for young artists, in encouraging investment in the creative sector, and in outstanding cultural activities of all kinds.
The program honoring Houstoun and Steuer is the third of five annual events, entitled The Print Center Honors, counting down to The Print Center’s 100th Anniversary in 2015, The Print Center honors our first 100 years and looks forward to the future. The Print Center commissioned photographer John Joyce to create a special image to be presented to the honorees.