TITLE: Grants & Scholarships Coordinator
FOCUS AREAS: Social Services, Children, Human Rights, Health, Civil Rights and Social Action, Arts and Culture, Poverty Alleviation
PROFILE: Kristen Tidwell is the grants and scholarships coordinator at the Lexington, Kentucky-based Blue Grass Community Foundation. She has held this role since January 2016 and previously worked as the development director of The Clifton Center and the development director of the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.
Her LinkedIn summary shares:
As the daughter of two professional classical musicians, I quickly realized that I wanted music and art to be a part of my life. This inspired me to pursue a career in arts administration. During my graduate work at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to intern at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, which ended up leading to a full-time position. I began my tenure at the Festival as the Education Director and oversaw all of the outreach activities. After seven years in this role, I had the opportunity to expand my responsibility at the Festival and, in 2005, became the Development & Outreach Director. I was responsible for the management of the Festival's fundraising activities including the annual campaign, grant writing, special events, and donor stewardship. I worked closely with the Executive Director and Board volunteers to cultivate, procure, and retain major individual gifts.
In 2011, I made the decision to be closer to my family and return to my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Upon my return, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to serve as the Development Director for the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Soon after my appointment, KMAC underwent significant changes in organizational staffing, structure, and mission. During my time there, I oversaw membership, annual fund, major giving, special events, and grant writing. During the spring of 2012, I made the decision to resign from KMAC in order to pursue other career opportunities.
Personal interests include nonprofit work, music, art, cooking, baking, travel and entertaining. She lives in Lexington with her husband.