Part 2 of my interview with George done in the offices of the Wisconsin Arts Board in Madison WI. As I did last week, I apologize to him and to listeners for getting a bit too enthusiastic in our interview at times and overloading my mic. That buzz you'll hear occasionally is just me being a loud and unruly Frenchman.
The 2019 recipient of the Michael Newton award, George Tzougros, has been the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Arts Board since 1996. I have known him, and proudly held him as one of my most cherished friends since 1979. So we go . . . WAY back. It has been such a joy, as I've gotten older, to watch the careers of my closet friends from our Carroll College days, achieve high levels of success and prominence in their fields. George is one of those that I am particularly proud of, because he has attained a high level of success and retained his integrity, compassion and desire to continually learn through it all.
The Wisconsin Arts Board is the state agency which nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts and supports arts in education, stimulates community and economic development, and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage.
George works regularly with the Governor’s Office and WI legislature as well as the Cultural Coalition of Wisconsin, Governor’s Council on Tourism, Robert E. Gard Wisconsin Idea Foundation, Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education, and the Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts. He is also a co-founder of the National Creativity Network and has served as Board Chair since its inception in 2010. He earned a BA in theatre arts from Carroll University and an MA in arts administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison School of Business where he also served as Director of Research for the Center for Arts Administration. He was a co-founder and former Managing Director of the Rankin Theatre Guild and is a seasoned choir director at a Greek Orthodox church.
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