Greetings! I am Bryan Warren, the new Vice President of Education and Community Arts. My new role returns me to my arts and education roots after four and a half years as the Director of the Office for Globalization for Louisville Metro Government, where I oversaw our city’s efforts to welcome immigrants and refugees to our community. Prior to my work in government, I served as Executive Director of Asia Institute Crane House, Associate Curator of Education at the Speed Art Museum and Community Programs Director at the Portland Museum. I have been around the “cultural block,” so to speak. My 20-year journey in Louisville has ingrained in me a great appreciation of the history and culture of our city and the amazing opportunities that lie ahead.
I am excited to join the team at Kentucky Performing Arts (KPA) and to work with my amazing colleagues in Education and Community Arts. Our education programs are exemplary models of how KPA delivers on its mission to build lifelong relationships with the arts and they provide a strong foundation to grow our impact in the communities we serve. As we move into the new year you will notice that two of our programs have changed names. School Programs has changed to ArtsRise and Arts in Healing is now ArtsThrive. ArtsReach (community arts) and the Governor’s School for the Arts remain the same. With the expansion of new spaces and our rebranding at KPA, our education programs will build on our success to broaden and deepen our reach in the Louisville region and across the state. It is the right time to think innovatively on how we connect with you and our community.
I am learning so much in my first few weeks and I look forward to sharing the work of Education and Community Arts with you in the future.