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National Endowment for the Arts Media Arts Director Alyce Myatt to Depart NEA

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Washington--The National Endowment for the Arts announces that Media Arts Director Alyce Myatt will be departing the NEA to return to her consulting business effective January 6, 2014. Alyce joined the NEA in January 2011 and has succeeded in broadening the media arts category and extending the agency's work through projects such as Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue.

During Alyce's tenure she reorganized the media arts category, making it "platform agnostic" thus welcoming projects that involved media forms beyond radio and television including transmedia, app development, and video games. In addition, she was critical to the success of Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue. This partnership, led by the Sundance Institute and the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, in partnership with the NEA, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, supports international cultural exchange through film. Since its inception in 2011, Film Forward has supported 36 films and 38 filmmakers and brought screenings and events to 40 destinations worldwide.

Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa said, "Alyce's expertise, energy, and passion have been such an asset to the NEA. Through her work, the NEA has successfully advanced into the worlds of new media, placing the agency within the realm of exciting and rapid developments in the arts."

"I was given an extraordinary opportunity to expand federal support for the media arts to encompass every platform used by Americans to engage with art," said Alyce. "It has been an incredible honor to do this work and to be with colleagues whose knowledge represents the depth and breadth of the arts in America."

Before coming to the NEA, Alyce served as founding executive director of Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media (now Media Impact Funders), an association of grantmakers committed to advancing the field of media arts and public interest media funding.  She also served as a vice president of programming at the Public Broadcasting Service, and as a program officer for media arts grantmaking for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Myatt’s earlier work includes both production and program development.