PhillyFolk News

Please welcome our new Executive Director!

Dear Friends of PFP:

After a time of transition in the spring and summer of 2023, the board is delighted to introduce Mia Kang as the new Executive Director of PFP. While PFP’s mission remains the same, “to investigate and articulate the ways that pursuit of folk arts fosters positive social change,” the board of directors and staff look toward an expanded vision for the future.

Mia is a cultural worker, art historian, and poet, who brings over 15 years of experience working at the intersections of art and social change. In her most recent role, Mia served as Interim Director of the Museo del Westside, a community participatory museum and historic site in San Antonio, Texas. She brings lived, scholarly, and administrative knowledge of efforts to increase equity in the arts and of best practices for grassroots organizations. A PhD candidate in the history of art at Yale University, Mia has previously held positions across development, marketing, operations, and organizational change. 

Throughout this transition, Jeannine Osayande has stewarded the organization as Interim Executive Director. Jeannine will facilitate Mia’s onboarding alongside former Executive Director Naomi Sturm-Wijesinghe, who has stayed engaged as a consultant. 

We are excited to introduce Mia to the wider community at an upcoming reception this winter. Further details and a formal invitation will follow. We look forward to sharing additional information with you soon. 

This is a dynamic and energizing moment for our organization, and we are grateful for your dedication to the work of PFP. Meanwhile, we are happy to be in touch in person, by phone, or email. Reach out if you’d like!

We close with gratitude for your past support and in anticipation of productive engagement in the future.

Sincerely,

Saundra Gilliard (Chair) on behalf of the Board of PFP