Art History Career Day Spring 2013
About Kim Dabbs:
Kim is the Executive Director of the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT). There she works to build a culture of opportunity for people to make social and economic progress in their lives and communities. As an innovative education organization, WMCAT continues to serve teens and adults through arts + technology in after-school and career training programs. Prior to her work at WMCAT, Kim came from Michigan Youth Arts, a statewide organization located in Royal Oak, where she served as executive director. At Michigan Youth Arts Kim managed programs for 250,000 high school students, built a coalition of 16 statewide organizations focused on advocacy for youth arts education, and increased funding by 100 percent over five years. She is a professional known for building partnerships, executing successful fundraising initiatives, and managing strategic plans. Kim holds a Master of Public Administration – Nonprofit Management from the University of Michigan Dearborn.
About Abbey Chambers:
Abbey Chambers attended Kendall College of Art and Design, where she graduated as Valedictorian of her class, with the award of Excellence in Art History and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art History in May, 2004. She went directly into graduate school at Indiana University in Bloomington, earning her Master’s Degree in Art History, focusing on late-19th century American painting, in August 2006. While in graduate school, Abbey embraced a special interest in public arts education and programming. After graduation, Abbey took a position at the University of Indianapolis, where she worked in the Community Programs Center, matching students with appropriate service learning opportunities and working at the Wheeler Arts Community to coordinate public arts events and programs with resident artists. Abbey left the University of Indianapolis to join the staff at Herron School of Art and Design in January, 2008, initially as an Administrative Support Specialist for the Herron Galleries and the Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life, and then as an Academic Advisor and Recruiter and Associate Faculty member in Art History. Since September, 2012, she has been the Director of the Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life and continues teaching courses in American Art history.