Boston’s Controversial Arts Commissioner Quits

“Boston cultural affairs commissioner Esther Kaplan has abruptly resigned after five years as Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s liaison to the city’s arts and cultural community. Neither Kaplan nor Menino would discuss what led to the resignation… News of Kaplan’s departure surprised many in Boston’s tight-knit cultural community, but only a handful expressed disappointment… Over the years, the heads of midsize and large arts groups privately complained that Kaplan functioned more as an advocate than a leader, focusing her energy on grass-roots and neighborhood efforts, sometimes at the expense of those with far bigger audiences.”