Kelly Dylla named Executive Director of Kirkland Arts Center

Kirkland Arts Center announced today that Kelly Dylla has been named Executive Director. Kelly brings a wealth of experience in cultural organization leadership to Kirkland’s flagship visual arts center.
“I am so excited to join the Kirkland Arts Center, already a thriving community where all are welcome to make art,” said Dylla. “In the years ahead, I look forward to creating an insatiable demand for the KAC experience.  Whether you are a first time visitor to the gallery, a weekly participant in youth classes, or a long-time student, KAC invites you to deepen your understanding of yourself and the world through art.”
Sue Bell, Board Chair, said, “We are incredibly impressed with Kelly’s experience, passion, and vision and we’re thrilled to welcome her to the Kirkland Arts Center community. We very much look forward to working with Kelly, as we venture into this exciting new chapter for KAC.”
Kelly Dylla served as the Vice President of Education and Community Engagement for the Seattle Symphony from 2012 to 2015. She expanded the Symphony’s education and community initiatives, including the Lullaby Project, in partnership with Mary’s Place, Link Up: Seattle Symphony, a participatory grade-school program, and the Soundbridge Discovery Music Center at Benaroya Hall.
Prior to the Seattle Symphony post, Kelly led the Pacific Symphony’s audience engagement program to deepen and broaden audiences’ experiences with orchestral repertoire. Kelly was also a teaching artist for major arts institutions including the Lincoln Center Institute and New York Philharmonic. A graduate of The Juilliard School with a Master of Music in viola performance, Kelly also holds a Bachelor of Music from Rice University and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
About Kirkland Arts Center
Kirkland Arts Center promotes artistic mastery and community participation in the visual arts through innovative educational programming, contemporary exhibitions, and dynamic events while providing stewardship of the historic Peter Kirk building. The KAC gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm at 620 Market Street in Kirkland. The gallery is free to the public, and all ages are welcome. Find KAC online at, on Facebook at, on Instagram @kirklandartscenter, and on Twitter @kirklandarts.

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