Gülgün Kayim, joined the City of Minneapolis August 2011 in the newly created role of Director of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy. Previously she was the Assistant Director of the Bush Foundation’s Artist Fellowship Program. Before joining Bush she served as the University of Minnesota’s Public Art on Campus Coordinator at the Weisman Art Museum and has also consulted extensively on site-specific performance, public art and artist professional development with various arts organizations in the Twin Cities. Gülgün is also a practicing interdisciplinary artist, and co-founder of the Minneapolis based site-specific performance collective, Skewed Visions awarded a 2004 City Pages Artists of the Year and Best Performance for The City Itself. She is a core member of the international artist network Mapping Spectral Traces and Theatre Without Borders and her artistic work has been recognized through a number of local and national awards, grants and fellowships including a TCG travel grant, Archibald Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, Shannon Institute Leadership Fellowship, PEO International Peace Fellowship, a Creative Capital Foundation award, Jerome Foundation travel grant, a Minnesota State Arts Board Theatre Fellowship and three MSAB Artist Assistance grants, Trust for Mutual Understanding travel funding, McKnight Foundation organizational support and an NEA American Masterpieces Grant among others. Kayim’s work has been seen in the US, London and Russia, she trained in the US and London and holds an MA in Intercultural Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Minnesota and BA (Hons) in Theatre and Film from the University of Middlesex, London. Kayim also serves as affiliate faculty in the Dept. of the Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota.