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MOCA Check In: Kathryn Mikesell

Moca check in: kathryn mikesell

What is your name and title/occupation?
Kathryn Mikesell, Co-founder and Executive Director of Fountainhead Residency and Studios

What are you reading/watching/listening to?
I’m reading How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi and the Autobiography of Malcolm X and taking part in the YMCA 21 Day Challenge and listening to various talks by Knight Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, New York Times, Art Basel and others

What are you working on right now (or how has your work changed over the last few months)?
We are continuing to be fully operational at both the Residency and Studios and have been very active on social media hosting Instagram Live Virtual Studio Visits with Miami-based artists and Fountainhead alum. In May and June we hosted Miami-based artists in the Residency which is generally only for national and international artists. This has been extremely rewarding to be able to host local artists Geovanna Gonzalez, Najja Moon and Misael Soto. Together, we hosted a series of very small dinners with our artists’ community to listen to their needs and discuss solutions for change and resiliency for our future.

What are you most looking forward to once we are no longer sequestered?
I’m most looking forward to bringing people from our community together with artists. I take tremendous pride in connecting people and being a catalyst for conversation and advancement.
Have you taken up any new activities? I’ve not taken up anything new but I’ve been swimming in Biscayne Bay everyday, which is more often than in the past. We’ve also taken to pulling trash from the bay floor. Unfortunately even after months of doing this everyday, there is still trash to be picked up. I’m hoping one day I’ll dive to the bottom and find nothing but that’s highly unlikely until we find a solution to keep the trash from storm drains from entering our waterways.

Do you have a MOCA memory that you want to share?
MOCA is such an incredible institution and Chana is doing an amazing job. Dan and I are proud to be donors. We have many fond memories of breathtaking exhibitions, learning about new artists, compelling conversations and meeting new friends. I’m excited for Carl Juste’s upcoming conversation.