Marty Peters, the city’s director of cultural tourism, has resigned. Peters is moving to Michigan to be closer to her family. She was responsible for guiding several key components of Mayor Peterson’s Cultural Initiative, including the identification of five Cultural Districts, the development of a master plan for public art and a marketing strategy, through their initial planning stages. The fruits of some of these projects are slated to begin taking visible form in 2004.
In a 2003 interview with NUVO (“Cultourista!: Marty Peters is Indy’s Top Cultural Tourist,” Sept. 3-10), Peters described her work with cultural tourism as “an incredible ride.” She went on to say, “I think we’re putting into place mechanisms that will allow the city to have very strong, fundamental characteristics that are going to be with us for a long time.” Jenny Guimont, a cultural tourism project coordinator, will become deputy director and lead day-to-day office operations. Keira Amstutz will continue to split her time as administrator of cultural tourism and assistant deputy mayor.
Quigley to ICLU
Fran Quigley, NUVO news editor, has accepted a position as executive director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union. Quigley will continue to write and edit for NUVO until he takes on the ICLU duties March 8. John Krull, a former Indianapolis News columnist and current ICLU director, is leaving the organization to become director of the journalism school at Franklin College. “Fran has been an important contributor to NUVO, but we are happy for him and wish him well in his new position at the ICLU,” says NUVO editor and publisher Kevin McKinney. “We will continue to pursue our mission of news reporting and analysis with an emphasis on furthering the cause of social justice.”