Kay Takeda

Deputy Director, Artist Programs

As Deputy Director, Artist Programs, Kay Takeda oversees the Foundation’s diverse roster of artist-centered initiatives, including its grants, residencies, and professional development programs. As part of the senior leadership team, she spearheads the Foundation’s activity to refine the focus and enhance the impact of program offerings as an essential facet of Mitchell’s legacy.

Takeda has worked for over 20 years to advance artists and the arts sector. In her previous role as Vice President, Grants & Services at LMCC, she developed and oversaw grantmaking, professional development programs, and community initiatives. She designed and guided the implementation of LMCC’s $5 million Downtown Cultural Grants Initiative, oversaw the long-standing Manhattan Arts Grants, and led a renewed focus on professional development programs for artists and organizations. Prior to joining LMCC, Takeda led national grantmaking programs at Arts International and managed exhibitions and programming at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor. She has served on the boards of the artist-run Goliath Visual Space and Tickle the Sleeping Giant, Inc./Trajal Harrell, has sat on numerous funding panels, and lectures widely on professional issues affecting artists.