HOUSTON – May 14, 2020 – Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) announces that Karen Farber, long-time Director of the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, will be joining the organization as Vice President of External Affairs. In this newly-created BBP position, Farber will be responsible for developing and overseeing a strategic and comprehensive development, communications, programming and public art program.
“We are extremely excited that Karen is joining our team,” said Anne Olson, BBP President. “Her 21-year career in non-profit management will be invaluable as we advance BBP’s mission and take the organization to new levels of success and impact.”
During her tenure at the Mitchell Center, Farber created CounterCurrent, an annual festival of live performances, installations, talks and participatory events by artists from throughout the world. She also hosted residencies and programs with internationally-known artists including Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Theaster Gates and The Yes Men. Farber is a well-respected arts leader in Houston and has worked closely with curators and directors at Houston museums and organizations such as Project Row Houses, The Menil Collection, Aurora Picture Show, and DiverseWorks.
“I’ve partnered with BBP for many years on joint programming and public art projects,” notes Farber. “I’ve always enjoyed working with the highly competent team at BBP and admire the organization’s programming and vision. It’s an honor and privilege to now be part of this well-respected organization.”
Before coming to Houston to serve as Major Gifts Officer at the Houston Grand Opera, Farber worked in non-profit management including serving as Director of Development at the legendary Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival based in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and working in development and programming for multiple organizations in New York City. She has served as a consultant, panelist and board member for many local and national cultural organizations, and from 2002-2003 she was an arts management fellow at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
A New York City native, partly raised in Los Angeles, Farber is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with an M.A. in Performance Studies and a B.F.A. in Experimental Theater.
She joins BBP on May 18.