Jason Schupbach has been selected as the new director of the Design School at Arizona State University’s (ASU) Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Schupbach is considered one of the founding leaders of the national creative placemaking movement and will head to ASU after working as the director of design and creative placemaking programs for the National Endowment of the Arts. At the NEA, Schupbach oversees Our Town and Art Works grants, the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, as well as the NEA’s community development-related federal agency collaborations. President Trump proposed cutting NEA funding entirely earlier this year. The controversial and wide-reaching move has the potential to destabilize the architectural profession and was coupled with a series of other arts- and culture-related budget cuts, including the proposed elimination of the National Endowment of the Humanities and the proposed privatization of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In a statement released by ASU, Schupbach explained that “creative placemaking” is “a relatively new name for a very long practice of supporting the role of design and the arts in making great communities,” adding that the approach is often a byproduct of artists and designers engaging with community development groups in order to embed arts and culture in community revitalization projects. Prior to his tenure at the NEA, Schupbach worked as the creative economy director under the governor of Massachusetts and served as director of ArtistLink, a Ford Foundation-funded initiative aimed at stabilizing and revitalizing communities by creating affordable artists’ space. Schupbach has also worked for the mayor of Chicago and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in the past. Schupbach received a Bachelor of Science in public health from the University of North Carolina and holds a master's degree in city planning with an urban design certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Schupbach will begin at ASU on July 3, 2017. For more on ASU, see its website here.
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Yesterday, we wrote a story about Jason Schupbach taking over as the NEA's Design Director. Today, we decided to post that story to Twitter and to look up Schupbach so we could include him in the tweet. What we found were two Twitter accounts, @CreateMA and @thecheesefreak. As it turns out, in addition to being a fan of design and grant writing, Schupbach loves cheese, or so we gleaned from the site, the CheeseFreak, the latter handle directed us to. There, an often giddy Schupbach has posted 24 episodes of his cheesy vlog since September along with very detailed posts about the cheeses and experiences surrounding them. That's an average of more than three a month, kind of putting us to shame. If he brings even half this much enthusiasm to the NEA, we're all in luck. And to learn more about all the great work he's done in the recent past, here's a profile from the Globe that we turned up on Google. Ah, the Internet. (Oh, and it goes without saying that if you're not already following us on Twitter, please do so.)