A Brief Q&A with Karen Kingsley
1. What attracted you to Intermedia Arts?
Having experienced numerous performances and gallery shows at Intermedia over the years, I've always been impressed with the work of the organization, it's commitment to uplifting authentic community voices, and it's beautiful and bold art, both inside and out. I still remember a one-man show about the sacred traditions of hula that was beautiful and taught me a great deal.
I was very interested in working for an organization that pursues social change with an eye toward racial, economic and gender justice. I also knew Eyenga from my previous work and was excited to support her leadership in advancing Intermedia's mission.
2. Why is art important?
3. What drives your work?
From my perspective, art and arts-based approaches have the potential to connect people, help us learn, and inspire us to think differently. I am especially excited about how arts-based community development can help us solve large-scale problems by getting policy makers and community members thinking together in new ways.
My work is driven by three things: relationships, strategy, and justice. My favorite thing is to think together with a group of people about how we are going to tackle big issues.
4. What do you look forward to in terms of joining this organization?
I am so excited about working with the creative Intermedia Arts team, meeting new people in the arts world, and growing my inner artist. Oh, and building infrastructure for the organization. I love systems!