LANSING— Governor Rick Snyder has appointed Miranda Krajniak, Grand Rapids, to the Michigan Humanities Board of Directors. She is one of 25 board members, six of which are appointed by the governor.

Krajniak is the executive director of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA). She will fill the remainder of a three-year term that was vacated by a previous gubernatorial appointee. Her term will expire in December of 2015.

Prior to her appointment as executive cirector of UICA in August 2013, Krajniak was the head of Education and Exhibitions at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts (SCA) where she successfully designed and implemented all education programming, including an international children’s film festival, cultural festival, and designed and launched a summer arts program for the children of migrant workers, now in its fourth year. She also managed all adult programs and curated four to six exhibitions and their complementary programming and events. Before her work at SCA, Krajniak held several leadership positions at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and worked with underserved children in West Chicago.

Krajniak holds a B.A. from Kendall College of Art and Design, where she majored in fine art drawing, and minored in art history.

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