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Steve Runk Joins Lewis Center for the Arts

Steve Runk
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Steve Runk    
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

(Princeton, NJ)  Michael Cadden, Acting Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, announced the appointment of Steve Runk as the Center’s new Director of Communications.

Runk most recently served for three years as the executive director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, an agency of State government that works to improve the quality of life in the state by helping the arts to flourish through an active roster of grant programs, services and communications.  Previous to his tenure as director of the Arts Council, Runk served in a variety of positions on the Council staff since 1991.  Prior to joining the Arts Council he served as assistant director of the summer session at Rutgers University and manager of marketing communications for a large architectural design firm. Runk succeeds Marguerite d’Aprile-Smith who held the Communications post for four years since the launch of the Lewis Center.

“Steve comes to the Lewis Center with an extensive knowledge of the arts and a strong background in communications,” noted Cadden in announcing the appointment.  “We are pleased to welcome him to the Lewis Center and look forward to working with him on promoting the extensive array of programs and events offered by our faculty, guest artists and students.  His knowledge of the New Jersey arts community, to say nothing of the mid-Atlantic and national arena, will help us to get the word out about Princeton’s vibrant arts scene.”

The Lewis Center for the Arts annually presents over 100 public performances, concerts, exhibitions, and lectures, most of them free, along with numerous opportunities for University students to participate deeply in the arts.  The Center represents University President Shirley Tilghman’s major initiative to make the arts an essential part of the educational experience for students, faculty and staff and to provide access to exceptional arts opportunities for the wider community.

“I am thrilled to join the staff of the Lewis Center,” stated Runk.  “This is an exciting opportunity to work with Princeton’s world-class faculty, internationally-known guest artists, students, and the greater Princeton regional community.  I look forward to helping connect the public to the outstanding arts experiences available at the Lewis Center.”

The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University.  The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves.  The public is welcomed to a wide range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center.  Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee. 

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