The Arts + Business Council is proud to announce the 2021 Arts + Business Council Leadership Award honoree, Kathleen Greene, Curator of Public Programs, Barnes Foundation, who is being awarded for curating art programs with a commitment to celebrating diversity and inclusion and infusing the true diversity of the region in the creative community.

Kathleen GreeneKathleen Greene specializes in creating sustainable institutional impact through program creation, community engagement, and audience development. She is an advocate for cultural workers and living artists, with more than 20 years experience developing art programs with the core tenant of centering diversity. Through thoughtful and continuous partnerships, Greene has created a suite of distinctive programs celebrating individual voices, community passions, and musical traditions at the Barnes. These programs unite individuals across race, age, and economic status, resulting in diverse audiences being presented programs that add to Philadelphia’s overall creative vibrancy.

The work of building community trust and developing audience buy-in has been supported across the institution, and communities throughout Philadelphia have responded. Partnerships with individual creatives have evolved to include regular brainstorming meetings, considering “what’s next” and “what if” and leading to intimate programs that amplify a story, mindset, or method. Organizational partnerships have brought to life a series of programs celebrating performers of the African and Asian diaspora while being welcoming of everyone. These same programs attract new audiences who reflect the diversity of our community, who admire the many cultures we are uplifting, and who value lifelong learning and new experiences. Approaching partnerships and programming through a lens of experimentation has fostered bold ideas, broader possibilities, and sacred moments of awakening, laughter, and collective awe.

Currently, the curator of public programs at the Barnes Foundation, Greene has worked with some of Philadelphia’s top art organizations, including Fleisher Art Memorial and Mural Arts Philadelphia. She earned her MFA in Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, participating in a study trip to Egypt and semester at the Slade School of Fine Arts, University College of London. Greene received her BFA from Howard University.

[Virtual] Arts + Business Council Awards
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Virtual Event

The Arts + Business Council’s annual awards program honors leaders in the Philadelphia region who embody and foster cross-sector collaboration between creative and business communities. Join us in celebration of this year’s honorees along with creative and business community leaders from throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.