Connecticut Arts Council Welcomes New Chair and Council Member

Min Jung Kim joined the New Britain Museum of American Art on November 2, 2015, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the art museum field. Most recently, Kim served as Deputy Director for External Relations of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum (pronounced Brōde) of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan (Broad MSU), a new museum of contemporary art known for its building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. Kim has an M.A. in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, where she specialized in Contemporary art. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Wheaton College, Norton, MA. Kim also attended the Getty Museum Leadership Institute, Claremont, CA.

 Adriane Jefferson is an Executive in Arts Administration and cultural equity with expertise in program design, event & media production, grant making, external affairs, community partnerships, and new program initiatives. She specializes in professional development programming for young creative professionals, people of color and social change. She is a thought leader, adviser and educator pertaining to issues of Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion. She has dedicated her career to creating programs that result in a more equitable, vibrant and sustainable arts landscape. Jefferson has an M.A. in Arts Administration from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a B.A. in Popular Music from Florida memorial University in Miami, Florida.
Kim replaces outgoing chair Fritz Jellinghaus who first joined the Council in the late 1980s and was appointed as Chair by Governor Malloy.
"I am tremendously honored to be supported by the Connecticut Arts Council, and thrilled to welcome Min Jung Kim as Council Chair and Adriane Jefferson as our newest Council member,” said Elizabeth Shapiro, Director of the Connecticut Office of the Arts. “The work of COA has never been more important and we have never faced the kinds of challenges that are now part of our everyday work. I look to our small but mighty COA staff and the CT Arts Council as colleagues and leaders as we define and execute work to build an inclusive and equitable future for all artists and arts organizations.”