The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) announced Karl Blischke as its new executive director. Blischke joins the PCA by way of Florida, where he served in several senior level positions within the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity and Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development.
Blischke succeeds Philip Horn, who is retiring from state government after leading the PCA for 25 years, under five governors and through four strategic plans. Horn is the longest serving executive director in the PCA’s nearly 52-year history, and one of the longest serving state arts agency leaders in the country.
It is a pleasure to return to Pennsylvania where my previous work with the PCA’s many programs and initiatives taught me the business of state arts agencies…
My family and I look forward to being Pennsylvanians, me for the second time and my family for the first. Pennsylvania is a great state for the arts, with unbeatable opportunities for meaningful employment in creative industries and for everyone to experience arts and culture in every region. Having been away for nine years, I have come to appreciate even more the richness and diversity of the arts in the Keystone State.
Karl Blischke, PA Council on the Arts Executive Director