Downtown’s Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts has named its development officer.
UICA said Kristen Taylor will take on the role and be responsible for developing partnerships with local and national groups, foundations, organizations and corporations.
Previously, Taylor owned a children’s clothing business, Juvie, and worked as a freelance writer for outlets such as Los Angeles Times Magazine and The Christian Science Monitor.
She has worked in research and fundraising at The Queens Medical Center and The National Center for PTSD, both located in Honolulu.
“Kristen brings an extremely diverse skill set to our leadership core, and she understands the importance of strong community relationships to the success of our organizational mission,” said UICA Executive Director Miranda Krajniak.
“As a community resource, our strength comes from our ability to make connections and facilitate transformative experiences,” Krajniak added. “Kristen has an extensive track record of leadership, brand development and inter-organizational collaboration, which makes her an excellent fit for UICA.”
Taylor said Grand Rapids is "so lucky to have a vibrant downtown area" with "a healthy mix" of residents, businesses, cultural institutions and colleges.
“Art, independent film and design all flourish here, because they are treasured and supported by the community,” Taylor said. “The fact that I get to be a part of bringing art and audiences together is very satisfying.”