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Piper Fellow Recipients 2013

2013 Piper Fellow Kathryn Blake

“I believe that creating a national model for engagement with the visual arts is not about generating programs that other educators want to emulate. A national model understands and meets the needs of its specific community to the fullest extent possible.”
– Kathryn Blake, Phoenix Art Museum

Kathryn Blake joined Phoenix Art Museum in 1991, becoming director of education in 2005. She plays an integral role in the organization’s strategic planning, training, program development, and curation. She earned her bachelor’s degree in art history from Wellesley College and her master’s degree in art history from Boston University.

In line with the Museum’s newly defined goal to create a Center for Visual Literacy, Ms. Blake’s sabbatical is focused on designing interactive learning opportunities that engage a broad and changing audience. She will visit 14 museums recognized for innovative education and audience centered programs. She will also work with an executive coach and spend four days of personal renewal on Orcas Island. The site visits include museums in Dallas, Oakland, San Jose, San Diego, Cleveland, Minneapolis, and London.

2013 Piper Fellow Patricia Klahr

“Being a part of this prestigious group will afford me the opportunity to develop lasting relationships with other Piper Fellows. I have never taken a sabbatical in the 30 years I have been in social services, and I am excited for the journey.”
– Patricia Klahr, Chrysalis

While in college Ms. Klahr was assigned an internship at Chrysalis and for over 30 years she has transitioned through eight roles to her current one as president and CEO. She was also director of specialized services from 1992 to 1998 at Jewish Family and Children Services. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Arizona State University.

Klahr’s fellowship, focused on leadership development, includes attending three courses including one at Harvard Business School on strategic perspectives for nonprofit management, a training course at Disney Institute on leadership excellence and a class on financial analysis at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. She will also attend conferences related to ending homelessness and domestic violence. She will visit the first domestic violence shelter established in the United States in San Francisco and the San Diego Justice Center. She will conclude her sabbatical with personal renewal through a retreat in Garrison, New York and a four day program of creativity in Sedona.

2013 Piper Fellow Kimberlie McCue

“The experience I seek as a Piper Fellow will allow me to bring forward the best, freshest, innovative, and progressive ideas for raising awareness and engagement of our audience for what we do and why we do it.”
– Kimberlie McCue, Desert Botanical Garden

As program director of conservation of threatened species and habitats, Dr. McCue strives to integrate and utilize the talents across all departments within the Garden to further conservation goals. She forges collaborations with partners beyond its borders including government, nonprofit, academia, and national and international affinity groups. A graduate of Missouri Western State College, she earned her doctorate degree in biological sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

McCue will explore conservation messaging, marketing, and promotion to develop best practices at Desert Botanical Garden. She will spend one week in New York at the Wildlife Conservation Society, visit North Carolina Botanical Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the Royal Botanical Gardens in Ontario, Canada. For personal renewal she will take a photography class through the Ansel Adams Studio in Yosemite National Park where she will produce images to use in conservation messaging.

2013 Piper Fellow Cindy Ornstein

“I believe there are ways to embed the value for arts and culture deeply in our community and I hope to succeed at creating such a broad appreciation for active community engagement, as well as staff commitment to its practice, that it becomes part of the DNA of our organization and establishes permanent community expectations and demands.”
– Cindy Ornstein, City of Mesa Department of Arts and Culture

Cindy Ornstein has spent 23 years in arts administration, working as director of the City of Mesa’s Department of Arts and Culture and executive director of Mesa Arts Center since 2010. “I get great personal satisfaction from connecting audiences with artists and the arts, or with artifacts and scientific ideas.” She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Vassar College and a master’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School.

Her sabbatical will focus on researching best practices at arts and culture institutions known for their relevance and community support. She will also study how arts districts or cultural partnerships have supported these acclaimed institutions’ success. Site visits include Minneapolis/St Paul, Chicago, Seattle, and San Francisco. She will also attend Harvard Business School’s course on strategic perspectives for nonprofit management and Stanford Graduate School of Business’ course on customer focused innovation. One week will be dedicated to personal reflection.

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