Wednesday September 11, 2019 noon – 1pm CST 90.1fm KKFI streaming live audio www.kkfi.org
Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes Megan Crigger Director of Creative Services KCMO and Amy Kligman Executive/Artistic Director Charlotte Street Foundation.
MEGAN CRIGGER, Director of Creative Services
As the Director of Creative Services, Megan is responsible for uniting local, regional and international cultural organizations for the advancement of artistic and cultural initiatives within Kansas City, Missouri. The Director also facilitates cultural community planning, and relationships between artists, cultural organizations, and governmental and civic organizations.
The Office of Culture and Creative Services (OCCS) was established in 2015 to lead cultural development efforts for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. The mission of the Office is to serve Kansas City residents by bolstering and catalyzing arts, culture and creativity and by leveraging the arts as a strategy for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and cultural vitality for its citizens.
The creation of the office is a direct outcome of Mayor Sly James’ Task Force on the Arts and the convening of arts, civic and business leadership, involved in visioning processes that resulted in a community cultural plan, KCMO Arts Convergence Plan, adopted by the Mayor and City Council in late 2013.
The City will be strategic in preparing for continued cultural growth. Partnerships between the Office of Culture and Creative Services and for-profit and non-profit organizations are vital to the growth and development of the city’s arts sector. Investing time and resources in the arts will:
• Increase jobs in the creative sector
• Strengthen Kansas City’s communities and cultural identity
• Increase access to education and life-long learning in the arts, and
• Promote Kansas City as the heart of America’s Creative Crossroads and a destination for national and international visitors.
AMY KLIGMAN-Executive/Artistic Director Charlotte Street Foundation
Amy Kligman joined the Charlotte Street Foundation Staff as Programs Director in June of 2015, and was promoted to Executive/Artistic Director in December of 2015. Prior to joining the staff at CSF, Amy’s familiarity with the organization was primarily as a recipient of many of its awards and opportunities (Rocket grantee, 2011; Awards Fellow, 2014; Byron Cohen Award Recipient 2014, Artboards recipient 2014; multiple exhibitions in CSF venues in capacity as both curator and exhibiting artist over 10 year timeline). Prior to working at CSF, she co-founded and co-directed a collaborative artist-run exhibition space named Plug Projects, where she was an integral part of imagining, planning, and facilitating programs, as well as operations, funds development and grant writing, development of the organization’s collaborative leadership model, and fiscal sponsorship under Fractured Atlas. Prior to CSF, Amy spent 10 years at Hallmark Cards, over half of which were in Creative Leadership roles such as Creative Strategist, Innovation Leader, Interim Recruiter, and Art Director. Amy is currently an active member of the Centurions, a cross-sector leadership cohort led by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, with expectation to graduate from the program in 2019. Amy has completed the Principles and Techniques of Fundraising course at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Nonprofit Connect’s Executive Director Institute, Nonprofit Connect’s Nonprofit Manager Institute. She currently serves on the board of Nonprofit Connect, whose mission is to links the nonprofit community to education, resources and networking so organizations can more effectively achieve their missions.