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Art gets interesting when people who don’t normally share thoughts and space get together.

– Amy Kligman

Executive Director


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Amy Kligman

Executive/Artistic Director
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Margaret Perkins-McGuinness

Associate Director / Development & Engagement
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Patrick Alexander

Programming + Studio Residency Manager
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Mason Andrew Kilpatrick

Marketing + Communication Manager
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Laura Blumenberg

Office + Volunteer Manager
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Christine Boutros

Grants and Awards Programs Manager
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Board of Directors

Darren Abbott

Vice President Creative, Hallmark Card, Inc

Elvis Achelpohl

Architect, BNIM

Ina Anderson, Vice President

Deputy Director, LISC

Cathy Beaham Smith

Vice President of Corporate Planning, Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Co.

Marcus Cain

Studio Artist, Manager of Operations and Communication, H&R Block Artspace at KCAI

Jose Faus, Vice President

Studio Artist

Rashawn Griffin

Studio Artist

Bruce Hartman

Executive Director and Chief Curator, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Dr. Clara Irazabal-Zurita

Professor of Planning, Director of the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program, UMKC

Laura McCray

Vice President, HCAP Search

Jessie McKinney

Attorney, Shook, Hardy and Bacon

Julie Nelson Meers, Treasurer

Director of Strategic Engagement, Gould Evans

Melanie Miller

Chief Executive Officer, KC Friends of Alvin Alley

Josue Montes

Founder and Creative Director of 1DapperLatino, LLC

Jean-Paul Wong, President

Owner, PURE Workplace Solutions

Jon Taylor, Vice President

Founder, REACH Collaborative

Toma Wolff, Secretary

Director, Byron Cohen Gallery

Programming Committee for Visual Arts

Cory Imig

Visual artist, lecturer at KCAI

Jillian Youngbird

Visual artist, Art Instructor at Imagine That!

José Faus

Visual Artist, Muralist, Community Activist, Writer

Rashawn Griffin

Visual artist

Patricia Bordallo Dibildox

Visual artist

Sean Nash

Visual artist, Visiting Assistant Professor at KCAI

Lilly McElroy

Visual artist, Instructor at KCAI

Catherina Mueller

Educator of Adult Programs at Nelson-Atkins

Jade Powers

Assistant Curator at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Toma Wolff

Director, Byron Cohen Gallery

Pat Alexander

Programming Director, Charlotte Street

Amy Kligman

Executive/Artistic Director, Charlotte Street

Programming Committee for Performing Arts

Andi Meyer

Theatre-based artist, Founder and Producing Director for Tradewind Arts

Bess Wallerstein-Huff

Director of Marketing at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Eddie Moore

Jazz artist

Jason Preu

Writer, member of Fountainverse: KC Small Press Poetry Fest

José Faus

Visual Artist, Muralist, Community Activist, Writer

Stephanie Roberts

Theatre-based artist, Associate Professor of Physical Theatre at UMKC

Marcus Lewis

Jazz artist

Sheri Purpose Hall

Poet, writer, spoken-word artist and founder of Arsyn Press and East of Red ArtHouse

Pat Alexander

Programming Director, Charlotte Street

Amy Kligman

Executive/Artistic Director, Charlotte Street

National Advisory Council

Richard Armstrong

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Pamela Clapp

Former Program Director for Andy Warhol Foundation, Sante Fe, NM 

Jenny Dixon

Noguchi Museum, NY

Catherine Futter

Brooklyn Museum, NY

Saralyn Reece Hardy

Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS

Bruce Hartman

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS

Aaron Landsman

Theatre Artist, NY

Ruby Lerner

formerly Creative Capital, NY

Valerie Cassel Oliver

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

Larry Rinder

Berkeley Museum, CA

Patterson Sims

Board President, Independent Curators International, NY

Margaret Silva

Founder, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO

Gregory Volk

Independent Critic & Curator, NY

Sixto Wagan

University of Houston Center for Arts Leadership, Houston, TX

Hamza Walker

LAXART, Los Angeles, CA



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