World Voices Festival General Manager
Kim Chan is a native New Yorker and general manager for the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. She has worked extensively producing, fundraising, managing, and curating for artists working in music, poetry, dance, theater, and special events since 1985, including recent tenures as the development director for Harlem School of the Arts and Paul Taylor Dance Foundation. She is a board member for Ping Chong + Company, an ensemble theatre company whose mission is to explore the intersections of race, culture, history, art, media and technology in the modern world. She is also a member of the selection committee for the New York Dance and Performance Awards, a.k.a. the Bessies, and the advisory committee for the Maplewood Arts Council in Maplewood, NJ. In Washington, D.C., Ms Chan spent eighteen years as a multi-disciplinary producer and curator at Washington Performing Arts, where she co-produced the city’s first hip hop festivals and produced extended residencies with artists such as Yo Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble, Afro Cuba de Matanzas, the Nuyorican Poets, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, John Kelly, Bill T. Jones, Pomo Afro Homos, Brian Freeman, Savion Glover, Bernice Johnson Reagon and Sweet Honey in the Rock. She served on the board of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) for 10 years before joining its staff for 3½ years. As vice-president, Programs at APAP, Ms. Chan oversaw the annual APAP conference in New York, re-granting programs with the Wallace Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and worked on the start-up of two of New York’s most prominent international festivals, Globalfest, a world music festival, and Under the Radar, a theater festival. She has worked as a panelist and site visitor for many government agencies and foundations, including two terms as a hub site for New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, New York State Council on the Arts, and serving on the initial team of advisors for the Americans for the Arts’ Animating Democracy Initiative. She has also served on the board and advisory board for Dance Place, GALA Hispanic Theatre, and Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s La Pocha Nostra. Her work in dance has received Washington Performing Arts’ Pola Nirenska Lifetime Achievement Award, in addition to awards from the International Conference of Blacks in Dance, and the Chen Dance Center. She graduated with honors from Goucher College with degrees in French and Dance History.