Kristin Guiter came over the studio recently and we channeled spring on a cold day in March. It had snowed earlier in the day. But, the sun came out, music was turned up and Kristin rocked the canary yellow backdrop with her vintage dress collection. Kristin is the founder of kkg arts + culture communications. Busy is an understatement when it comes to this woman, beloved advocate for DC artists, arts and culture. You may see her out and about around town attending art events, openings and launches while juggling multiple projects. She is most definitely on the scene, remains fashion forward and maintains her unique style while supporting artists and arts organizations in Washington, D.C. Thanks Kristin for a fun day in the studio!
What brings you to DC? How long have you been in the District?
I moved to DC for my former full-time position as head of communications and marketing at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design. Prior to the Corcoran, I was working in PR in a museum in Chicago and decided to give the east coast a go – thinking I’d be in DC for a few years, at most, and now it’s been more than eight years of doing the DC dance. This city has a way of sucking you in.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working with a handful of inspiring clients, including the American Alliance of Museums – an organization that advocates on behalf of the entire museums community, while also acting as a thought leader in the field. Over the past six months, I’ve also been fortunate enough to be a part of the founding team of the Institute for Contemporary Expression (ICE), a future art space that will bring contemporary art exhibitions and education to downtown DC. And I also consult to a number of arts organizations such as FotoWeekDC, Levine Music and Washington Project for the Arts (WPA).
What do you love about DC?
The people! And the fact that DC’s always evolving. DC is an unusually collaborative and supportive city to be working in the arts, especially for those of us running our own shops. Not all cities of this size create that type of culture and, for that reason, I’ve made a personal and professional commitment to help put DC’s vibrant and prolific arts scene on the national (and international!) map, through the work I do to raise the visibility of DC’s diverse arts and cultural community.
Favorite exhibition lately?
The current Man Ray—Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare show at The Phillips Collection. It takes you to a space where art, math, science and Shakespeare intersect – a fascinating look at the artist’s influences. Curated by Man Ray expert Wendy Grossman, the exhibition also brings an entire series of his paintings together for the first time.
Tell me more about KKG Arts & Culture Communications? How did it begin and what services do you provide?
I founded kkg arts + culture communications in the fall of 2012 as a shop that provides leadership and communications strategy and tools for museums, arts organizations, foundations, festivals and galleries. My work ranges from audience engagement strategies and community building to identity development and marketing/media planning and support. As an advocate of our arts community, it’s incredibly rewarding to contribute to the impact that so many amazing organizations make in DC (and beyond!).