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Boston’s new chief of arts welcomed

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

The city’s arts community turned out Monday to welcome Julie Burros (above right), Boston’s new chief of arts and culture. Burros, who until recently was director of cultural planning for Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, sat down for a conversation with Joyce Linehan, Mayor Marty Walsh’s chief of policy, at Emerson’s Paramount Center. “I love all arts genres, not equally,” said Burros, drawing a laugh from the audience. The guest list for Monday’s gathering included reps from dozens of arts organizations, everyone from the Boston Latino International Film Festival and The Non-Fiction Cartel to Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and The Theater Offensive. Monday was Burros’s first official day on the job and she managed to make a little news, announcing with Linehan that Danielle Legros Georges has been chosen as the city’s new poet laureate. Georges is a professor at Lesley University.