Ellie Closen, Multigenerational Programs Coordinator at Kemper Museum
Hi! I’m Ellie Closen. I graduated from the University of Kansas in 2020 with degrees in Visual Art and Strategic Communication. I began my career with the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City managing the Teen Arts Council in October of 2020. Over time, I have progressed to lead a number of programs for all ages, strategies and initiatives as the Multigenerational Programs Coordinator at Kemper Museum.
I am very passionate about providing access to the arts, educational programming, encouraging self-expression and creating community. My current position allows me to connect with various partners in the Kansas City area to put on community-facing events for a variety of ages. This involves hands-on workshops and art-making lessons, as well as exhibition-specific programming.
One of my main takeaways from the J-School that I use often in my current role is knowing and learning each of my audiences. I often use research and surveys to inform my planning and brainstorming for events.
I love the arts-centered community I get to create and be a part of. My main goal throughout my job is to help our public engage with contemporary art and artists of our time. I am thankful to be a role that allows each day to look a little different. I am also grateful to have an excellent team that allows me to try new things and think creatively.
My advice to current J-School students is to be both patient and persistent. Starting small is better than not starting at all. Saying yes to experiences and opportunities can lead to finding a job that feels like the perfect fit. If it doesn’t come to you immediately, it absolutely will after time and dedication. You’ve got this!