Kavita Mahoney Speaks at Garfield Park on our Theme of Wonder.

About the speaker

Kavita Mahoney (she/her/hers) is the Arts Center Manager at the Garfield Park Arts Center (part of the City of Indianapolis and Indy Parks), where she collaborates with local artists and community organizations and serves on neighborhood committees to develop strategic partnerships to elevate the arts, particularly in traditionally underserved communities. She also curates exhibitions and public art initiatives in her community, including murals, festivals, and pop-up placemaking events that celebrate the multicultural fabric of the Indianapolis community. She has held positions at both local and national museums and art centers, including Newfields, Smithsonian Institution’s Freer|Sackler Museums of Asian Art, Indiana State Museum, and the Indiana Historical Society. Kavita has a passion for elevating the arts in ways that benefit the public good, create a sense of community, connect to the environment, and stimulate awareness of social and cultural issues. She is committed to civic engagement and the advancement of the arts by providing creative ways to serve, educate, and collaborate with communities in order to provide diverse cultural experiences that are accessible for and inclusive of all audiences.

Kavita holds a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and History of Art and a master’s degree in Museum Studies from Indiana University, where she graduated with high honors and was selected as the Chancellor’s Scholar for her graduating class.

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