[Source: City of Phoenix] — Phil Jones, executive director of the city of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, is retiring October 14 after 15 years with the city. Announcing his retirement, Jones said he has been honored to work with artists, cultural organizations, community leaders and other groups “to enhance the quality of life in our city through arts and culture.” He added, “Together, we’ve made significant progress in developing a cultural infrastructure worthy of the fifth-largest city in the nation.”
During his tenure, Jones oversaw the development of 114 public-art projects at various locations throughout the city, including several large signature pieces. In addition, Jones coordinated development of the city’s first comprehensive arts and cultural plan and oversaw the development and implementation of several city cultural facility bond projects. He also supervised administration of the city’s arts grants and arts education programs.
Jones chaired the Downtown Artists Issues Task Force and supported the work of the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission, a citizens’ advisory board. Prior to joining the city of Phoenix, Jones headed the city of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs and was associate director of the Nebraska Arts Council. Jones plans to remain in the Phoenix area, devoting his volunteer efforts to the arts community. [Note: To learn more about Phoenix’s public art program, click here or call 602-262-4637 or TTY 602-534-5500.]