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Regina Smith

Managing Director, The Kresge Foundation, Troy, MI

Regina R. Smith is managing director of The Kresge Foundation's arts and culture program. She leads efforts to identify prospects for national funding opportunities and partnerships in the arts and culture field. Regina has been with the Foundation since 2008 as a program officer and senior program officer, working to advance the deliberate integration of arts and culture into community development through creative placemaking. Previously, Regina worked at the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, NC, where, as vice president of grants and services, she managed a $12 million grants portfolio. She served as programs and services director at Culture Works in Dayton, Ohio, from 1994 to 1999 and, earlier, managed a nationally recognized program for the Indiana Arts Commission. In 1989, while on a nine-month Arts Administration Fellowship, Regina was in residence with three arts organizations: the Madison Art Center, COMPAS in St. Paul, Minn., and Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs. She began her career as a museum educator at the Cleveland Children's Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Regina studied art history at the University of Pittsburgh and received a master's degree in arts administration from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.

 

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