CEO Mitch Swain to Exit Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council in 2023

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council CEO Mitch Swain, with
the Restart the Artsmobile, a converted food truck that provided
free live performances and ice cream to events during the pandemic shutdown.

By Sharon Eberson

Mitch Swain will retire from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council in March of 2023 after 17 years as the organization’s first and only CEO. Swain took the reins in 2005, when the Arts Council was created by a merger of ProArts and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance.

Mitch Swain

A search committee led by the Arts Council’s board of directors “is currently being developed to create a successful transition plan and lead a national search for the position,” the announcement stated.

Swain his led the Arts Council in its mission as an active advocate for the arts, providing professional resources, research and grant-making to 750 artists and nonprofit organizations in 10 counties within Southwestern Pennsylvania. The Arts Council provided $450,000 in arts grants in 2020, during the height of need for COVID-19 relief.

“The Arts Council would not exist if it weren’t for the hundreds of artists and creative workers, arts administrators and arts organizations, businesses, and collectives in our region, and it has been my greatest honor to work for this community,” Swain said in a statement. “Pittsburgh is a special place for the arts. It’s time for new leadership to usher the Arts Council into a new phase, and I can’t wait to see how our community continues to evolve and thrive.”

Swain’s announcement comes amid several years of turnover among the leaders atop performing arts organizations. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is currently searching for a replacement for longtime president and CEO Kevin McMahon.

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