Senior Director of Community Action and Artist Services, Gibney Dance
Kara Gilmour oversees Gibney Dance's Community Action department, which provides movement workshops in domestic violence shelters, and school-based violence prevention programs. Her team works in close partnership with Universities, Community Based Organizations and City agencies to catalyze discourse around the role of art as an essential element for healing, advocacy and prevention of intimate partner violence. Ms. Gilmour also supervises Artist Services at Gibney, focusing on supporting artist’s administrative, artistic and community practices.
Prior to joining Gibney, Ms. Gilmour was part of Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s leadership team for 8 years. She helped shape programming and community engagement for 85-acres of public land as it was transformed from abandoned warehouses to a state-of-the-art park. She has also worked for NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Education Development Center, and Lincoln Center Institute.
As a professional dancer, Ms. Gilmour was a member of Gibney Dance Company (NYC), Compagnie Marie Chouinard (Montreal, QC) and Paula Josa-Jones Performance Works (Boston, MA). She has a BA from Wesleyan University, attended NYU’s George H. Heyman, Jr. Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising, was is a 2016 New York Community Trust Leadership Fellow and was recently elected by the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence as a 2017 Advocate of New York City. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two boys.