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An Announcement from New Urban Arts

New Urban Arts announces the appointment of Daniel Schleifer as interim executive director of New Urban Arts to begin in January of 2015, with plans for an executive search to be announced at a later date.  “I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to help lead New Urban Arts as it continues to grow and serve young people and artists in Providence,”  says Schleifer. 
Schleifer assumes leadership of the organization after seven years of service. He began his association with NUA as a mentor.  Currently, he serves as the organization’s director of development. His appointment is upon the resignation of executive director Elia Gurna, who will be relocating to Los Angeles at the first of the year. Her husband Eric Gurna has been appointed president and CEO of LA’s Best, one of the country’s largest after school programs. 
The Board of Directors stated that Ms. Gurna’s leadership of NUA is noted for the inspiring and visionary direction she has provided during her time in Providence.  Her resignation is received with deep regret and warm best wishes from the New Urban Arts Board of Directors, staff, mentors, and students.