Kara Elliott-Ortega named Boston’s new chief of arts and culture

Kara Elliott-Ortega, chief of arts and culture for the City of Boston.

Boston has a new chief of arts and culture: Kara Elliott-Ortega.

A 30-year-old resident of Roxbury who is originally from Providence, Elliott-Ortega has been serving in the leadership post on an interim basis since Julie Burros left in June after less than four years in the job. Before that, Elliott-Ortega had served for the past three years as director of planning and policy in the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

Now that she has been promoted to the top job by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, her task is to support the creation — and creators — of theater, dance, and visual art in Boston, including public art.

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