NEA’s Alyce Myatt returns to private sector next month

By Dru Sefton

Alyce Myatt, media arts director for the National Endowment for the Arts and a former PBS executive, is leaving the NEA next month.

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She joined the agency in January 2011 and broadened its media arts grant category. Traditionally, most of that funding went to public television and radio projects; Myatt widened the pool of recipients to include work on transmedia, app development and video games.

“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,” Myatt said in a statement. “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.”

Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa said Myatt’s “expertise, energy and passion” have been assets to the endowment.

Previous to her NEA tenture, Myatt served as founding executive director of Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media, now Media Impact Funders, an association of grantmakers working to advance the fields of media arts and public interest media. She was also a programming v.p. at PBS.

The NEA said Myatt will return to her consulting business.

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