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|March 31, 2016||Caitlin Fitzwater|
State arts council welcomes public media leader
Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, has announced the appointment of Juan Devis to the California Arts Council effective May 1, 2016.
Mr. Devis will replace Susan Steinhauser, who has served the Council with passion and dedication since 2008.Juan Devis is currently the Sr. Vice President of Content Development and Production for the largest independent television network in the United States, KCETLink. In this capacity, Devis has had to develop strategic partnerships with funders, organizations and independent production houses to ensure a new slate of content for two stations KCET + LINK TV - securing funds and maintaining an editorial vision and cohesiveness for the company's new mission. Devis has also charted the stations' new Arts and Culture initiative and is the Executive Producer of the Emmy Winner Artbound consisting of a television series, an online networked cultural hub and the creation programmatic partnerships with cultural institutions. In addition, Devis has developed and is the Executive Producer of a slate of new productions series that are either in development, production and pre-production. Some of these include, the Emmy nominated Live @ the Ford, , Studio A, Border Blaster, Departures, City Walk, Studio A, Ocean Stories, Re-Plan it and others.
For over a decade, Devis has worked with a number of non-profit organizations and media arts institutions in Los Angeles serving as producer, director, educator and board member. He is a founding member and is currently a board member of the LF Charter School for the Arts, an innovative arts-integrated charter public school serving the population of North East Los Angeles.
Devis' film, television, and interactive work has been screened and exhibited across the world. In the press, Juan Devis was presented as a major "influencer" in Los Angeles by the LA Weekly news publication, and his transmedia series Departures was celebrated by the New York Times as a new twist on public media. Devis has won numerous awards, including: Emmy, Webby, LA Press Awards, National Arts Journalism awards, the Japan Prize, and others.
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The Mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California's diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.
Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Donn K. Harris, Vice Chair Susan Steinhauser, Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Nashormeh Lindo, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.