Dear Friends of Kulture Klub Collaborative,
On behalf of the board and staff of Kulture Klub Collaborative (KKC), and the youth we are honored to call our partners, I am delighted to announce that Crystal Brinkman has been hired as KKC’s new Executive Director.
A longtime Minneapolis resident, Crystal is a dedicated performer, musician, and mentor to young people. For the past six years, Crystal has worked as an instructor and shop manager at Full Cycle, a nonprofit bicycle shop and program of Pillsbury United Communities that employs, trains, and supports homeless youth by teaching them bike repair and hands-on business skills. She has been instrumental in expanding Full Cycle’s organizational capacity and helping it grow its education programs, staff, and earned income to serve more youth. Her compassion, creativity, and leadership were recognized with Pillsbury United Communities’ Phyllis Colwell Award in 2013.
Working with visual artists, set designers, filmmakers, and dancers is an integral part of Crystal’s own creative process. In 2012, her band Brute Heart was commissioned by the Walker Art Center to compose and perform a live score to the silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Crystal is currently arranging original music for a full-length dance piece that local choreographers SuperGroup will debut next spring. She also has acted in Bedlam Theatre productions and programmed film/video for the Flaming Film Festival at Intermedia Arts.
Crystal is KKC’s fourth Executive Director, succeeding Jeff Hnilicka who left in July to accept a position as Director of Events and Performance Programs at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media. Before Jeff Hnilicka was hired in 2010, Michael Hoyt led KKC for 11 years until he joined the staff of Pillsbury House Theatre. Artist Dorit Cypis founded KKC in 1992 and her early vision of connecting artists and youth experiencing homelessness to grow individually and transform community continues to inspire the mission of KKC today.
All of us associated with KKC are deeply grateful to Interim Executive Director Susan Gethin, artist Adriana Rimpel, arts administrator Ethan Turcotte, and longtime staff member and social worker Sue Pohl who have collaboratively guided KKC through the leadership transition with extraordinary grace and diligence. Crystal will begin her work with KKC in January and we look forward to celebrating the New Year and KKC’s next phase of leadership and growth.
Ellen Guettler
President, Board of Directors