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July 8, 2013


MIM’s Newest Curator

On July 1, Kathleen Wiens joined the museum as the curator for MIM’s European collection and gallery.

She has a bachelor of music degree in oboe performance and a master’s degree and doctorate in ethnomusicology. Wiens was born to a musical family in a small town on the Canadian prairie. Her mother was a trained pianist (a Steinway model “B” graced their living room), two brothers and a sister-in-law trained as opera singers, and her father and another brother are amateur musicians. She often jokes that her family could have created its own orchestra and opera company.

Besides playing oboe, Wiens studied for a few years in one of Canada’s professional ballet schools. She says Dolly Parton and Carmen Miranda both bring a smile to her face and she also loves all kinds of Mexican music.

Wiens will be touring MIM guests through the France exhibit during the “Experience France” weekend (July 13 and 14), so be sure to stop by and say hello.

Development Director Elected to AZ Citizens Action for the Arts Board

Maureen O’Brien, MIM’s development director, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts (AzCAA).

The Arizona Citizens for the Arts, founded thirty years ago as Arizonans for Cultural Development, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public and private support for the arts and culture in the state. O’Brien will serve on the board for three years.

Concert Alert!

A new concert has just been added to the MIM Music Theater summer concert series.

Come and see jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan perform his two-handed tapping technique on Thursday, August 15. Tickets will go on sale to Circle of Friends donors at noon on Tuesday, July 9, and to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 11.