Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Katie Kruger
#80: Katie Kruger
Katie Kruger officiating for CultureHaus.
When we think of "creatives," we often think of "creators" -- artists, authors, musicians and actors. But Katie Kruger breaks out of that box. From her vantage point as board co-chair for the Denver Art Museum's CultureHaus young professionals group, which works to encourage cultural philanthropy in an up-and-coming demographic, she's had the chance to spin a few creative ideas of her own about how arts institutions can grow wider constituencies.
Her new initiative, Cross-Cultured, takes the gospel of an established group such as CultureHaus and applies it to others like it, from the Colorado Symphony's Remix to the Denver Film Society's Reel Social Club, giving the young professional crowd a chance to sample events hosted by ten different cultural organizations for the price of a single temporary membership.
Kruger, who loves and is inspired by art, has a lot to say about why it's important to have some in your life. Read on to learn more from her 100CC questionnaire.
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
Wow, this is a tough one. I of course want to say someone who changed the shape of humanity and fought for the rights of the disenfranchised. That said, in the context of artistic collaboration, I would say Peggy Guggenheim because she proved essential to establishing the modern art movement in America and worked to bring many European abstract expressionist and surrealist artists to our country who were fleeing intellectual persecution by the Nazis during World War II. Ultimately, I'd like to support her gallery Art of This Century and help define modernism and contemporary art for decades to come.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
Rihanna...sometimes a girl's just gotta dance.
What's one art trend you want to see die this year?
Elitism. I look forward to a community that cultivates excellence within its cultural institutions while delivering that excellent programing to an inclusive and varied audience.
What's your day job?
Ha! I might have the least interesting day job of any of the 100 Colorado Creatives. I work in strategic accounts for an IT company that contracts services to the U.S. federal government. In pursuit of my creative passions, I also serve as board co-chair for the Denver Art Museum's CultureHaus group and am the founder of the new Cross-Cultured collaborative effort.
A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?
I would create a foundation. Funding innovation and supporting the genius in others would be personally fulfilling and benefit our community at large.
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