Karen Kienzle is director of the Palo Alto Art Center and oversees this vital community organization’s vision, budget, marketing efforts, and staffing. Karen brings more than 15 years of experience in arts administration to the Art Center and is also a lecturer for the San Francisco State University Museum Studies Program.

In the past, Karen has served as assistant director for exhibitions, education, and community outreach at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University, and assistant curator at the San Jose Museum of Art.

In our conversation, Karen tells the story of how she got into the arts, her own art experiences, and the adjustments the PAAC has made due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find out more about the Palo Alto Art Center on the City of Palo Alto’s website.

Music for this episode is “Alone Time” by Mild Monk
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