Kim Baker, President and CEO
Kim is a strong and dynamic leader in the arts community, with extensive experience in the areas of arts administration and theatre management, communications, programming, and development. She became President & CEO of Kentucky Performing Arts in 2014. Her lifelong passion for the arts was ignited when she was a teenager by her participation as a student in the very first class of Kentucky Performing Arts' Governor’s School for the Arts. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky’s College of Fine Arts in the Arts Administration and often returns as a guest lecturer for the program.
Kim has been awarded several honors, including the 2019 Arts Innovation Award at Louisville’s Annual Awards in the Arts Celebration as well as the 2019 Today’s Woman Most Admired Woman in the Arts. In 2020, she was celebrated as one of Louisville’s most admired CEOs at Louisville Business First’s annual award ceremony. Kim was also a participant in the Community Foundation of Louisville’s Alden Fellows.
Kim is a connected national leader in the performing arts, and she represents Kentucky Performing Arts as a member of the Broadway League, the Performing Arts Consortium, the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), as well as the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.