RALEIGH, NC – N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz took the oath of office on Jan. 5. She was barely sworn in as the eighth secretary of Cultural Resources before she undertook her first official visit to a state historic site with Gov. Pat McCrory. She accompanied McCrory on Jan. 8 to Tryon Palace in New Bern as part of his meeting and listening to the people tour. Secretary Kluttz brought to the position a keen interest in historic preservation and the arts, and a commitment to bolster economic development and education.
On Jan. 9, Kluttz met with the African American Heritage Commission (AAHC) in Raleigh, which was discussing the state’s observance of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the commission’s ongoing work with the Freedom Trails in North Carolina. The AAHC is administered by Cultural Resources. Kluttz stressed her work with the Salisbury city council to use arts to bring the races together.
Kluttz was mayor of Salisbury from 1997 to 2011, and was the city’s longest serving chief executive. She served on the city council from 2011 until her appointment as secretary of Cultural Resources. As mayor, she developed Salisbury’s cultural arts plan, reorganized the Rowan Arts Council and created a master tourism plan. She was presented the Mayor’s Cup in 2012 for sustained contributions to the city of Salisbury. Additionally, Kluttz is on the North Carolina Community and Business Alliance, which aims to advance economic growth and development.
She plans to work closely with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction in the area of arts and history education, to promote cultural tourism in the state, and to help bring public art to the state’s infrastructure, such as bridges. These priorities align with Gov. McCrory’s emphasis on the economy, education and infrastructure.
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The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives.
Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.
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