The Post Parade Wines, Brook & Pam Smith Arts Innovation Award: Kim Baker
This award is presented to someone who is fueling innovative work in the arts—Kim Baker. Baker 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 and CEO of The Kentucky Center in 2014. Since then, Kim’s passion for bringing extraordinary arts experiences and opportunities to our region can be seen in her leadership and commitment, specifically through The Kentucky Center’s recent investment in the new Old Forester’s Paristown Hall performance venue. Never one to settle for anything less than extraordinary, she is again challenging The Kentucky Center to take the lead nationally in areas of access, inclusion, and new audience development. In addition to her work at The Kentucky Center, Kim has held leadership positions with a variety of theaters and performing arts venues including the Singletary Center for the Arts, Iroquois Amphitheater, and the W. L. Lyons Brown Theatre. 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 The Kentucky Center’s Governor’s School for the Arts. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky’s College of Fine Arts in Arts Administration, and often returns as a guest lecturer for the program.