Oh, BAR Coasters!

Oh, BAR Coasters!

We wondered why the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities was using bar coasters to promote today’s New Year’s Eve event, the one that is “perfect for youth ages 3 – 16.” Indeed, along with the DC arts community, we also wondered where the Commission’s new Director had obtained her arts administration training and experience.

Imagine our chagrin upon learning that Washington City Paper‘s Loose Lips had answered both questions back in September.

LL chronicled the courtship of DC politicians by “nightlife impresario Marc Barnes,” political fundraiser and owner of “The Park at 14th” and “Love” [formerly “Dream,” called “Club Nightmare” by cops],  observing that Mayor Fenty named former Barnes’ employee Gloria Nauden executive director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities:

Nauden has worked for Barnes’ Influence Entertainment Inc., since 2004, though a bio provided by the mayor’s office last week made no mention of it.

Nauden, who has sat on the arts commission [volunteer board] since December, says she’ll be giving up her work for Barnes, as well as her own marketing firm, once she enters government service in October. ‘Of course,’ she says, ‘ I can’t do both.’

 It does looks like Ms. Nauden has tried to do her new job as if it was her old one.

Cheers,  bottoms up, and Happy New Year.


Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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