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Esther Park. Photo: Mary Beth Koeth.

Esther Park Joins ArtCenter/South Florida as Vice President of Programming

Esther Park, a South Florida arts leader known for her risk-taking cultural programming, will join ArtCenter/South Florida as the organization’s new vice president for programming. Park will lead the visual arts organization’s initiatives, including its new conversation series, Talks; its signature artist residency program; and other projects.

“As ArtCenter continues to roll out ambitious programming, we sought a visionary who both knows Miami well and can imagine where it should go next,” said Dennis Scholl, ArtCenter’s recently appointed president and CEO. “We’re delighted Esther will join us in fulfilling our mission to be a full-service organization for artists that helps advance the knowledge of contemporary art in our community.”

Since arriving in Miami in 2003, Park has specialized in developing programming aimed at drawing new and diverse audiences. A longtime music journalist, she has also served as director of programming for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and for MOCA. Most recently, she was the director of alumni and public programs at the National YoungArts Foundation.

Park said that ArtCenter’s new direction, under Scholl’s and the board’s leadership, drew her to the position. The sale of one of ArtCenter’s Lincoln Road properties has provided funds for the organization, allowing it to expand its programming to reach a greater audience in Miami. “I am beyond honored and thrilled to lead ArtCenter/South Florida to produce innovative and diverse programming with radical artists who will help push the culture forward,” said Park. “ArtCenter has done so much for Miami and beyond, and I’m extremely blessed to help continue the legacy of this vital institution.”

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