September 22, 2011 10:19 am
Kartemquin would like to thank outgoing Chair Steve Whisnant for his years of service to the organization. Steve has been a friend of Kartemquin since his involvement on 1998's Vietnam: Long Time Coming, and was the first board Chair elected to Kartemquin's inaugural working board, formed in 2007 as a result of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Steve will continue to sit on the board and share his expertise.
Current board member Adrianne Furniss was voted Board Chair unanimously by the board at Friday's meeting, following Thursday night's celebration . She has been a board member for the past two years and brings a wealth of experience in film management, strategic planning and media distribution.
"I look forward to working with Kartemquin's board, staff, filmmakers, civic engagementpartners and supporters to further KTQ's mission," says Adrianne. "It's an honor to be associated with a not-for-profit creating documentaries which embrace storytelling and human drama that engage audiences in constructive dialogue to build support for social change."
Kartemquin also welcomed new board member Jason Stephens to the organization on Friday. Jason was the founder of non-profit filmmaking organization Split Pillow in 2004 and now teaches Finance for Arts Managers and Media Literacy and Ethics as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College and Tribeca-Flashpoint Academy.
Jason replaces noted Kartemquin friend and arts advocate Jack Wing, who sadly passed away this August after a long-term illness.
The Board has been instrumental in planning the successful Kartemquin 45th anniversary celebration, and in stewarding Kartemquin to a record-breaking year of success. Kartemquin's slightly new-look board will now continue working with Executive Director Justine Nagan and Artistic Director Gordon Quinn on work related to the 2011-13 strategic plan for the organization.
Says Executive Director Justine Nagan: “Kartemquin is lucky to have such a vibrant and caring Board of Directors, a Board that continues to evolve as the needs of the organization change. It is filled with intelligent advisers from a variety of backgrounds who work to provide guidance and financial support to our organization. I look forward to welcoming new members and continuing to collaborate with veteran Directors.”
(We should note that the photo here is of our Board meeting, but is definitely NOT taken at the far les illustrious - but no less loveable - Kartemquin HQ! Thanks to Holland & Knight for donating the room).