Magazine article Dance Magazine

NY Arts Council Chief Resigns

Magazine article Dance Magazine

NY Arts Council Chief Resigns

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NEW-YORK CITY--"There is a psychic income of having helped, that I've done my lit tie part and that I've given something back to the community," says Earle I. Mack, who resigned from his position as chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts in January. An arts patron and former real-estate developer, he was instrumental in restoring the NYSCA to a level of financial security that it hadn't seen in more than a decade.

Mack was appointed chairman in 1996 by Governor George E. Pataki. At that time the council was suffering from heavy budget cuts. With financial support funneled to the agency by Pataki, Mack redeveloped the infrastructure of the council. "The increase in our funding, which was more than 45 percent, allowed the NYSCA to examine itself," Mack says. "In thirty-six years, we hadn't looked at our mission closely." When Mack became chairman, the council's budget stood at $31. …

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