Revolving Door: Jason Schupbach Signs On As New Director of Design for the NEA

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The National Endowment of the Arts may have caught some heat from the AIGA earlier this year for their spec-based logo competition, but at the same time they also announced plans to fund city’s design programs. So what’s not to like about taking on a new job with both a little good and a little bad to work with? Such might be the case for Jason Schupbach, who has just been named the new Director of Design for the NEA, taking on the new role sometime after May 5th. Schupach comes from running the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, where he was able to boost the state’s profile, particularly in video game design. He’d also previous worked for ArtistsLink, the National Artist Space Initiative, and New York’s Department of Cultural Affairs. At the NEA, his main focus will now be on awarding grants for design and pushing the organization’s design emphases. Here’s his official statement:

“I am incredibly excited to be working with the National Endowment for the Arts as they embark on important new smart design initiatives and continue to provide invaluable support for design projects through the NEA’s core grant programs,” says Mr. Schupbach.”From the Mayors’ Institute for City Design 25th Anniversary Grants to the new Our Town program, the new leadership of the Endowment is embracing innovative creative placemaking policies. I’m honored to be part of the team which will implement these strategies to revitalize our communities and put Americans back to work.”