Kimball Art Center selects Lindsie Smith as new executive director
She comes to Park City from the Clark Planetarium
June 28, 2017
Kimball Art Center has announced Lindsie Smith as its new executive director on Wednesday. Smith, who replaces Robin Marrouche, will take the nonprofit's helm as it continues its mission to connect and inspire the community through art.
Smith's first day will be Monday, July 10.
"I am honored to have this baton passed to me," Smith said during an interview with The Park Record. "I had been going through the interview process and fell in love more and more with the Kimball Art Center and could start to picture myself being there."
Smith is currently the Associate Director of Clark Planetarium where she serves as the organization's public spokesperson and helped develop and monitor the Planetarium's annual budget, hosted fundraisers, and supervised significant capital improvements.
Previously, Smith, who joined Clark Planetarium in 2012, oversaw the nonprofit's marketing and development, operations and education departments.
Smith said she will count on that experience to help her with the new Kimball Art Center opportunity.
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"Having led the Clark through some amazing transitions over the years, particularly our large-exhibit renovation, I feel like I've come to a new level in being able to work with the community, staff and stake holders of the [Kimball Art Center] to take things to the next level," she said.
Smith began her marketing career in the finance industry, working for both Zions Bank and Fidelity Investments.
In 2006, she moved to the nonprofit sector as the Director of Communications for Junior Achievement of Utah before moving on to Discovery Gateway Children's Museum.
"I was always concerned with where the straight line was in helping the community," Smith said. "Fidelity and Zions are wonderful and do a lot for the community, but I wanted to be a little closer in serving the community with nonprofits."
Smith's nonprofit experience ranges from programming to audience development and board relations.
"In the nonprofit sector, we get to really spread our wings and get to be creative and grow your skillsets," she said. "That resonated with me and the move made sense with who I was."
Smith's first step as Kimball Art Center executive director is simple.
"The board, staff and community all have ideas for the Kimball Art Center, so I'm going to do a lot of listening, because I want to know what everyone wants to see coming from the Kimball," she said. "An organization isn't just one person. It's made up of the board, the staff and the community it's in. So, I want to come in and listen."
Smith received her bachelor of arts degree from University of Wyoming. She earned her Leadership and Management Certificate from the University of Utah.
"I did go to school originally on a ceramics scholarship," she said. "I have always loved and had an affinity for arts and humanities. Even with science, it all goes hand in hand."
Smith knows there will be challenges along the way, especially as the Kimball Art Center plans to build a new facility.
"It is an exciting time to be at the Kimball Art Center," she said. "I know for me there will be incredible challenges, but at the end of the day, there will be this beautiful facility that will educate and inspire through art and deliver services on an even higher level. As summarized so aptly by our slogan, 'Art Starts Here' and I'm excited to start."
"We're thrilled that Lindsie Smith will be our new Executive Director," Maggie AbuHaidar, chairwoman of the Kimball Art Center board of directors, said in a statement. "Her accomplishments in the nonprofit world and her local Utah connections are just what we were hoping to find to help the Kimball grow while remaining true to our mission. We welcome her to the Park City community with open arms."
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