- Laurel Kishi
Head of Public Programs
J. Paul Getty Museum
As a direct result of Jennelyn's skills and dedication, she assembled a remarkable council of college students with whom she worked tirelessly to mentor, as well as support in their efforts to develop new interactive, hands-on and engaging programs for college students as part of our College Night initiative. Normally we would not have given an intern such a critical role, but Jennelyn's intelligence, commitment and clear vision gave us the tremendous confidence in her ability to run a program that ended up attracting over 2600 college students and exceeding all our original goals. I should add that marketing the event also was a part of her responsibility and we increased attendance by 100% from the previous year.
Program development, artist relations, event coordination, front-of-house management, program and exhibition research, event marketing, social media, ticket sales and registration management, and community engagement
As a Public Programs Producer I have been involved with various multidisciplinary programs ranging from artist residencies, site specific dance performances, and film screenings. I have overseen the start of several initiatives at institutions including:
MADmakes, a drop-in art making workshop inspired by the Museum of Arts and Design's artists in residence. I started this initiative in 2015 and the program has evolved and remains a popular program today.
The History of Art and Design Lecture Series, a lecture series I developed with the chair of the department to establish the department as a leader in the world of contemporary art and theory. We featured Hal Foster, Martha Rosler, and Martha Wilson as our inaugural speakers.
Uptown Art Walk, an art walk located in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood. In collaboration with the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, I started this neighborhood art walk to revitalize the neighborhood's galleries and small businesses. The Uptown Art Walk focuses on small business owners and welcoming all forms of art to be shown and celebrated. We secured a small neighborhood grant and corporate funding to establish this art walk and it still continues strongly today.
I believe public programs can be used as a tool to foster creativity, experiment with various levels of engagement, and develop a better understanding of an institution's community.