Executive Director Kara Gilmour comes to BAX from Gibney where she was the Senior Director of Community Action and Strategic Initiatives. Her work at Gibney focused on innovative partnerships with artists, survivors of intimate partner violence, foundations, disabled dancers and advocates, city agencies, community-based organizations, and collegial institutions.
Kara brings years of experience collaboratively developing artistic and public programs as well as health and education initiatives with a focus on disability access and racial equity. At the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, she founded the Education and Stewardship programs and spearheaded the Conservancy’s first Capital project, the Environmental Education Center. She has also worked with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Applied Research and Consulting, Education Development Center, Lincoln Center Institute, and Planned Parenthood.
As a professional dancer, Kara was a member of Gibney Dance Company, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, and Paula Josa-Jones Performance Works. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and attended NYU’s George H. Heyman, Jr. Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising. Kara was selected as a 2016 New York Community Trust Leadership Fellow and a 2017 Advocate of New York City.