Jason Schupbach became the Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts at the end of May, 2010. He will manage the NEA's grantmaking for design and the NEA's design initiatives, such as the Mayors' Institute on City Design as well as the proposed Our Town, which is part of the NEA FY 2011 budget request and would provide funding in recognition of the role that the arts can play in economic revitalization and in creating livable, sustainable communities. (Click on the heading above to read about NEA design initiatives.)
Schupbach was formerly the Creative Economy Industry Director (the first in the country) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in charge of the growth and support of design businesses. He also was the Capital Projects Manager for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
From 2004 to 2008, Schupbach was director of ArtistLink, where he managed a statewide artist space development technical assistance initiative that resulted in the creation of more than 60 projects in 20 communities for a total of 350 units of live/work spaces and more than 500,000 square feet of artist space. In addition, he managed the first ever artist housing predevelopment grant program, giving out $50,000 in awards.