Kim Gutfreund, Executive Director
Formerly the executive director of Jackson School of the Arts in Michigan, Kim was a driving force behind the growth of Jackson’s arts and cultural sector and offered a unique vision to drive community impact and access. She positioned the organization as a leading provider of arts education and developed a public-private partnership with the City of Jackson to relocate the organization downtown to support organizational growth and the city’s economic development.
Kim is deeply committed to building stronger and more vibrant inclusive communities and is most proud of her work that increased authentic engagement in the arts for all regardless of socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
Prior to her work in Jackson, Kim was executive director of Peter Sparling Dance Co. in Ann Arbor, MI, where she led the professional modern dance company through its startup years. Sparling, like DK’s artistic director David Hochoy, danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Kim’s began her career and love for the arts when she worked at the American Express Foundation in New York City.
Kim is honored to join DK as its next executive director and she sees that the quality and creativity presented on stage is the foundation of the organization, as evidenced by its dedicated Board of Trustees, staff and the Indianapolis community that understands the value of the arts.