Story posted January 08, 2010
As associate director of Bowdoin Career Planning, Dighton Spooner is used to providing advice to students preparing to enter the workforce; next week Spooner's advising is tapping expertise from other areas of his skill set.
He's been asked by the National Endowment for the Arts to be on the NEA's Project Selection Committee for Arts on Television and Radio.
Spooner has a long history with both the NEA and television. He has successfully written grants for NEA funding for television projects while working at WGBH-TV, the flagship PBS station in Boston, and for Craft in America, a George Foster Peabody Award-winning PBS documentary series on which he worked as project director.
Prior to coming to Bowdoin, Spooner also worked for the CBS Television Network in Los Angeles, and before that lived in London and worked for ECM Productions Ltd., a company that put television programs on the air internationally with advertiser support.
Spooner travels to Washington, D.C., January 11-13 to carry out the responsibilities involved with reviewing approximately 75 applications for the category.
The NEA's support in the past has included nationally televised series such as Great Performances, American Masters, Arts 21, Metropolitan Opera and Independent Lens.
In radio, the NEA has funded series such as From the Top, JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgwater, Performance Today, Selected Shorts, Fresh Air with Terry Gross and Studio 360. It has also funded a limited number of single documentaries on the arts and performance specials.
Spooner is responsible for overseeing the internship and practical experience programs and services of Career Planning. In addition, he supervises the advising staff of Career Planning and advises students in broadcasting and film, advertising, public relations, and the arts.