I am incredibly honored and humbled to have recently been elected Board President of Antenna. Those of you who personally know Anne and Susan Gisleson will agree that I have extraordinarily big shoes to fill. Anne and Susan, as founding members and previous Board Presidents, have passionately led this organization for the past twelve years and established Antenna as the preeminent community arts organization it is today. I am grateful for the opportunity to publicly thank them for entrusting me to follow in their footsteps. I also want to thank our board members, the Antenna Collective, and our tireless staff, who work day in and day out to provide thoughtful creative programming for the city’s audiences and creative community. Just before stepping in as Board President, Antenna received multiple awards acknowledging the visionary work that sets it apart from other local arts organizations; from the Warhol foundation to support visual arts programming for the next two years, from the VIA Art Fund to support the Spillways residency program, from the RosaMary Foundation, and a National Endowment for the Arts award in the to support our newest program, Antenna::Signals (the above image is from the most recent Signals event at the Mother-in-Law Lounge on August 31). In addition, Antenna Executive Director Bob Snead was recently selected by NOMA to be one of its 2017 LOVE IN THE GARDEN artists for both his esteemed artistic practice and organizational leadership. These are just a few of the recent accomplishments that demonstrate Antenna’s excellence and help put us on strong footing moving forward.
There are many reasons I am proud to be part of Antenna; including its commitment to consistently providing groundbreaking programming, fostering diverse means of cultural engagement with our city, and offering the myriad community resources many of us have come to rely on. Antenna programming continues to inform my studio practice and challenge my biases. As with any small, multi-pronged organization, we also have lots of room to improve; we should always welcome the opportunity to re-evaluate how to become even more effective, efficient, and thoughtful in our capacity to be a critical hub for the creative community. I look forward to exploring, learning, and helping Antenna and the creative community in any way I can.
Thanks to each of you for being a valued member of our Antenna family and for your continued support. Please contact me anytime to discuss new ways you can help Antenna continue to be a vital community-centered artist collective and arts organization, as well as with any concerns or suggestions you might have!
Antenna Board President