Margaret Hunt to head Colorado Creative Industries

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Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade that replaced the Colorado Council of the Arts, has a new executive director, Margaret Hunt, who will be responsible for developing a statewide, shared vision for Colorado's creative industries.

"Margaret has extensive experience in regional and national leadership, along with practical hands-on experience working in the arts and economic development," Ken Lund, executive director of OEDIT, said in announcing the appointment. "We are confident that she will be a great asset for CCI and for Colorado." See also: - Hollywood, Colorado! Three feature films to be made here thanks to new incentives - Aurora's still reeling, but Pueblo's on a roll! - John Hickenlooper celebrates Colorado's Oscar, Grammy wins

Hunt has been executive director of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums since 2005, and saw the agency through the merger of two state agencies: the Utah Arts Council and the Office of Museum Services. Before that, she served as director of community and economic development for Salt Lake City government; manager of economic development programs for PacifiCorp/Rocky Mountain Power Company; and vice president of a Utah-based fundraising consulting group for nonprofit organizations.

Perhaps more important for Colorado artists, Hunt is a visual artist who attended Naropa University and also served as director of the International Microfinance Training Program at Naropa.

She'll start at Colorado Creative Industries on April 1 -- ten days before CCI's annual conference kicks off in Pueblo.

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