NEA Arts Magazine

NEA Communications Director Heads North to Maine

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Felicia Knight

NEA Communications Director Felicia Knight. Photo by Kevin Allen.

In the immortal words of Cole Porter, "You're the Top!" And so would many say about Felicia Knight, the NEA's director of communications, who will be leaving the agency at the end of March. She will return to Maine, her husband, and family to embark on another chapter of her professional life.

Five years ago, Knight came to the NEA from the office of U.S. Senator Susan Collins (Maine) to lead the communications office, now a 15-person staff, responsible for public affairs, media relations, audio production, publications, and the Web site.

Chairman Dana Gioia said, "No one has done more than Felicia Knight to help rebuild the Arts Endowment. Her astute leadership of the Communications Office helped restore both public trust and enthusiasm for our programs. Under her guidance the agency also greatly expanded its outreach -- not only through new publications and Web sites but also through a more active and positive engagement with the media. She was consistently smart, calm, and professional even under the most hectic circumstances. And she always made us laugh. We will miss both her expertise and her renditions of Broadway show tunes, and we wish her continued success."