ArtsNow director addresses challenges, looks forward in ‘State of the Arts’

A lot has happened since Akron’s first cultural plan was launched in 2019 — namely a worldwide pandemic.

Before the pandemic, the arts and culture sector generated more than $1.4 billion in economic activity in the Akron area, Nicole Mullet, executive director for ArtsNow, said in her “State of the Arts” talk Thursday at the Akron Roundtable. The sector employed more than 17,000 people and generated more than $768 million in wages and income in the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area.

But when the pandemic hit in 2020, more than one-third of creative jobs were lost in Ohio that year, the arts leader said.

“The pandemic devastated our arts and culture sector,” Mullet said at the event at Quaker Station at the University of Akron. “Revenues declined precipitously as a result of mandatory closures. Our arts and culture organizations and artists, who were already managing a financially fragile situation, were particularly

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Huntington Symphony Orchestra names executive director, CEO

Jul. 27—HSO celebrates 13 years of service from outdoing executive director Hogan Haas

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Huntington Symphony Orchestra (HSO) Board of Directors unanimously voted to name the local professional violinist, award-winning music educator, administrator and community builder Ian Jessee as its next President and CEO, effective June 21, 2021.

“Ian Jessee’s vast experience as a performer, educator, and administrator — coupled with his entrepreneurial spirit and deep familiarity of the Huntington metro area — made him the perfect choice to lead the Huntington Symphony Orchestra into our next era,” shared Larry Tweel, HSO Board Chair. “We are so grateful for outgoing Executive Director Hogan Haas’ 13 years of exemplary service to the HSO and wish him all the best in his retirement.”

“West Virginia has a special musical community and I’m thrilled to be leading the Huntington Symphony Orchestra into its next era,” says Ian Jessee, HSO Executive

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