The Tenderloin Museum is excited to announce that we’ve hired Katie Conry, founding Program Director, as our Executive Director. Many of you will know Katie from her time leading our public programs, but we like to celebrate this kind of news around here, so I’m going to share some of her biggest accomplishments with you.
When the Tenderloin Museum opened its doors in July 2015, Katie was there with a dynamic vision for neighborhood-centric, diverse programs that bring people together from all walks of life. She’s always understood the importance of connecting with our community – not only has she organized more than 60 events for us, but also personally attended every single one. That takes dedication.
The highlights are many, so here are just a few of my favorites:
- Katie curated five art exhibitions featuring new work for and about the neighborhood, including three community shows featuring local youth and artists recovering from substance abuse.
- She helped rescue Robert Zagone’s lost film, Drugs in the Tenderloin, through sold-out showings at the Tenderloin Museum and the Roxie Theater – this film had only screened on TV in three US cities in 1966. Through these sold-out screenings, this valuable progressive film found a brand new audience in 2016.
- Her programming earned our first San Francisco Grants for the Arts grant through its Neighborhood Arts Collaborative, which supported many of our free community events. She also helped spearhead our recent, successful end-of-year fundraising effort to ensure the financial sustainability of the Museum.
- She curated and produced our first Anniversary Party, which featured eight hours of free community programming and attracted more than 1,000 visitors!
- She’s also led a number of amazing partnerships, working with some of the Tenderloin’s most beloved organizations while opening up our neighborhood to the rest of the Bay Area. Thanks to her work, we’ve hosted GLIDE, Larkin Street Youth Services, California Historical Society, Intersection for the Arts, Litquake, Soundwave, the Asian Art Museum, and many more.
We couldn’t be more proud of all the great work she’s done to help the Tenderloin Museum thrive in its early years, and can’t wait to see where she takes us next.
Katie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Looper is President of the Board of the Tenderloin Museum and owner of the historic Cadillac Hotel.San Francisco News