Kulture Klub Collaborative Announces Departure of Executive Director Jeff Hnilicka

With a mixture of joy, sadness, gratitude, and excitement for his future, the board of directors of Kulture Klub Collaborative (KKC) is announcing the departure of Executive Director Jeff Hnilicka. Jeff is leaving KKC to begin a new job as Director of Events and Performance Programs at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media.   

KKC was founded in 1992 by artist Dorit Cypis to engage art and artistic practice to provide enriching multidisciplinary opportunities for youth experiencing homelessness and artists to grow individually and to transform community. Jeff was hired in 2010 as KKC’s third Executive Director and over the past four years, he has inspired a dedicated staff and an extraordinary range of artists and community partners in creating new models of extended artist residencies and other programs to more deeply engage youth. Through his work, he has helped dozens of artists transform their practices and hundreds of young people discover their own capacity for creative expression and leadership. All of us who have known Jeff at KKC have been profoundly touched by the experience of working with and learning from him.With a mixture of joy, sadness, gratitude, and excitement for his future, the board of directors of Kulture Klub Collaborative (KKC) is announcing the departure of Executive Director Jeff Hnilicka. Jeff is leaving KKC to begin a new job as Director of Events and Performance Programs at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media.

While we will miss Jeff, we are thrilled that his new position at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media will allow him to continue to grow as an artist, curator, educator, and community leader. He will continue to oversee some administrative duties at KKC over the next several weeks as the board, staff, and KKC Youth Advisory Council begin the search for a new Executive Director. We are deeply grateful to Jeff for building on the contributions of KKC’s former Executive Directors and board members, and thank him for leaving us with an extensive network of artistic, youth, and community partners, and a solid base of funding, which will enable us to transition with grace and financial stability.

To ensure that programs continue without interruption, Adriana Rimpel has been hired as KKC’s Interim Program Coordinator. Adriana is a bi-lingual songwriter, vocalist, performer, artist, and youth worker. Her varied arts background includes 12 years of studio dance training, a BFA in photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and over eight years of experience in youth arts education. She is the former Program Manager of Walker Art Center Teen Programs and has completed two artist residencies at KKC.  She also has released three albums with group ensembles Malamanya and VANDAAM, and was recently profiled on TPT’s Lowertown Line. Currently, Adriana is working on a solo album expected to be released in the coming year.

On behalf of the board of directors at KKC,
M. Kathryn Ross
Board President