Kim Dabbs

Executive Director, West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology

Kim Dabbs currently serves as executive director of the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology. By working with the board to set strategic direction, cultivating nd key stakeholder partnerships, and leveraging her position as a leader in education and design thinking, Kim advances WMCAT's mission to provide a culture of opportunity for people to make social and economic progress in their lives and community.

Prior to joining WMCAT, Kim led Michigan Youth Arts, where she oversaw programs for 250,000 high school students and built a coalition of 16 statewide organizations focused on advocacy for youth arts education. She also served as the Director of Service Programs for ArtServe Michigan.

Kim is a gubernatorial appointee to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and a member of the leadership council for the Extended Learning Opportunities Network. She is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council for Varnum Law, and is on the board of the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

Kim holds a Master of Public Administration, Nonprofit Management from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Art History from Kendall College of Art and Design. An educational highlight was spent at Stanford’s d.school with training in Human Centered Design and Design Thinking. She presents publicly on issues of importance to the nonprofit and education sectors, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Joyce Fellowship from Americans for the Arts.

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    Engagement and Impact: Design Thinking and the Arts

    Youth arts program administrator and guest blogger Kim Dabbs describes an after-school program in which teens used design thinking to create a mobile app for engaging young people in revitalizing their city's core area.