Takeda was selected through an extensive nationwide search. A seasoned leader in advancing artists and the arts sector, she has worked in the field for more than 25 years, most recently as the Deputy Director of Artist Programs at the Joan Mitchell Foundation. She has demonstrated her commitment to strengthening support structures that make it possible for artists to continue creating, innovating, and sharing their work.
“The challenges of the past two years have reminded us that individuals and organizations working in solidarity can make a difference. The Foundation for Contemporary Arts understands this deeply, as a unique resource created by artists nearly 60 years ago to recognize and assist fellow artists,” said Kay Takeda. “I am inspired by how the organization keeps sight of artists doing generative work to interpret and influence culture and how each artist makes a larger contribution, beyond any single project. It’s an honor to work with the staff and Board to further this vibrant mission and the creative community that it celebrates and fosters.”