bALBOA ART CONSERVATION CENTER ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF ERIKA KATAYAMA, JOEL GARCIA, AND KAREN COUTTS TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Balboa Art Conservation Center (BACC) has announced the appointment of three exceptional board members to its already stellar roster of leadership. As one of the few nonprofit regional conservation centers in the United States, and the only such center in the western region, the San Diego based nonprofit is poised for a phase of transformative change as it shifts into a radically inclusive and accessible art conservation organization. The BACC Board will help nourish this shift and ensure that the organization's vision for inclusion has long term systemic impact.
Erika Katayama is the Associate Director, Interpretation at Seattle Art Museum. With 20+ years of experience in multiple museum departments, she has worked at federal, state, and private institutions. Ms. Katayama is committed to access and inclusion within all areas of museums and is currently writing a book about issues of diversity (and the lack thereof) within exhibition design. Her previously held roles on the West Coast have included advisory committee membership for DEAI initiatives for the California Association of Museums, Sr. Director of Audience Engagement at the Museum of Us, and Director of Visual Learning at the Museum of Photographic Arts.
Joel Garcia (Huichol) is an Indigenous artist, cultural organizer, co-founder, and Director of Meztli Projects, an Indigenous-based arts & culture collaborative centering Indigeneity into the creative practice of Los Angeles. In various roles, he has worked with Indigenous communities across borders in support of issues of land, access, and self-determination. His work explores healing and reconciliation, as well as memory and place. He’s a current Stanton Fellow and former fellow of Monument Lab, and co-facilitator of the Intercultural Leadership Institute which proposes to hold space for cultural production outside of white supremacist frameworks.
Karen Coutts is the founder of KC Nonprofits, a consulting firm which helps advance the missions of San Diego’s nonprofits—with an emphasis on those focused on arts and culture. Since 2011 Karen has provided clients with fund development services, strategic planning, and high-level project management. Prior to her work as a consultant Karen was the Director of Development for The New Children’s Museum, where she completed a $30 million capital campaign and was part of the team that opened their new facility. She spent eight years in the development department of the San Diego Museum of Art overseeing corporate, foundation, government, and planned giving as well as membership.
Katayama, Garcia, and Coutts began their 3-year terms in January 2023. The BACC Board of Trustees is led by Board President Dana Springs, Deputy Chief for Administration, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, and boasts a board membership that is 50% BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). In addition to its racial diversity, BACC board members are located throughout BACC’s service area, including Seattle, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego. They bring a range and depth of expertise in community organizing, arts management and advocacy, conservation, education, and financial planning. Their diverse perspectives and skills are essential as BACC seeks to fulfill its vision for equity and healing within our own structure and workplace, as well as the communities we serve.
Throughout the remainder of 2023, we will be highlighting each of our Board Members to better understand what excites them about being a part of the BACC Team at this transformative time. Keep an eye on our socials and check back here to meet them all! Check out our Board’s bios here.