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Published: March 1999.


Donald Druker

Telecommunications Specialist
United States Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave., NW, Room 4092
Washington DC
20230 USA

Don Druker is a native of Iowa and a graduate of the University of Chicago where, from 1969 through 1975, he taught American colonial history, American intellectual history, the history and theory of popular culture, and the history and aesthetics of film. He has also lectured at New York University, the University of Maryland, the University of Southern California, the University of Wisconsin, and UCLA. From 1976 through 1988, he was director of Radio Projects for the National Endowment for the Arts, where he also created the Media Arts Centers program in 1978. During this period, the scope of the radio program's support grew to include experimental radio drama, new American music, jazz, audio art, and the art of the acoustic documentary; during this same period, the media centers program grew from support for film/video exhibition programs to include support for film/video/audio post-production centers for independent media artists. While at the Endowment, he also served as the Challenge Grant liaison officer for media organizations. He participated actively in the development of major radio series for national broadcast, including the American Jazz Radio Festival and Soundprint, and worked closely with the producers of the National Radio Theater of Chicago, A Prairie Home Companion, and New Music America.

He has published articles in the Theater Journal (an extended discussion of the art of radio), as well as critical pieces on film for the Journal of Popular Culture, the Journal of American History, the Journal of Popular Film, the Chicago Reader and the Boston Phoenix. Since 1988, he has served as a telecommunications program officer in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the United States Department of Commerce. Originally a member of the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program in NTIA, he was part of the Department of Commerce team that created the Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP) in 1993. He supervises grant awards in the Community Networking category, as well as grants to arts and cultural institutions under Education, Culture, and Lifelong Learning. He is also a member of the TIIAP communications and publications team.

Donald participated in a Panel Discussion on Funding Opportunities