Jonathon Glus joined the City of Sacramento in June 2017 as the Director of Culture and Creative Economy, a new position created to bridge innovation, arts, culture and creative economy. During his tenure, Glus lead the city’s first ever comprehensive planning process for arts, culture and creativity, and the city’s first cultural planning process in more than 20 years. He set in place an assessment of that city’s film sector and an equity audit of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. Glus worked closely with the Sacramento Region Foundation, as well as VisitSacramento, Sacramento State University and many stakeholders in the creative sector to advance this foundational planning in economic development.
Prior to Sacramento, Glus served as the first CEO of Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) for more than nine years. While at HAA, Glus worked closely with a board of more than 30, multiple committees, staff and partner agencies including VisitHouston, the Greater Houston Partnership, cultural districts and universities. Glus co-chaired the tourism committee of VisitHouston, partnered on multiple cultural tourism initiatives, and lead two studies on the creative economy in Houston region. Glus was also the chairman of the board of Texans for the Arts (TFA) for four years, serving nine years on the board of TFA. With his team, Glus oversaw an annual portfolio of more than 225 grants to non-profit organizations, artists and community organizations.
Jonathon held the position of Executive Director of Arts & Culture for the City of Pasadena, CA, prior to Texas, for more than eight years. In that position, he led multiple cultural tourism initiatives and partnerships; represented that city with the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition & Festival; and lead the city’s cultural planning process, in partnership with the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission.
Glus began his career with city arts agencies in Evanston, IL, as Public Art Director followed by Executive Director. While there, Glus was responsible for a multi-disciplinary art center, multiple festivals, a summer youth employment program in the arts, and the launch of a cultural tourism program.
Glus’ arts career began with the International Sculpture Center, in Washington, DC, where he wrote for SCULPTURE magazine and traveled exhibitions internationally.
He studied urban economics and public policy at Indiana University, and art and architectural history at University of Illinois. He also studied abroad at the University of Kent, in Canterbury, England, where he focused on British urban policy.