Brookings Arts Council Announces Resignation

Brookings, SD – April 23, 2019— The Brookings Arts Council Board of Directors announces the resignation of the Executive Director, Heather Kuhlman, effective June 30, 2019. Kuhlman has served in this role since 2012. Upon her retirement, Kuhlman will look to further her own artistic endeavors and eventually a move to the North Carolina mountains.


“Heather has provided solid leadership of the Brookings Arts Council over the past almost 8 years. Her vision and drive have put the Brookings Arts Council on the map in many ways,” said Jamison Lamp, Board President. “The Brookings Arts Council is in a strong position, now more than it has ever been before, to continue its mission and making an impact for art lovers in and around the Brookings community.”


During her tenure, Kuhlman provided leadership in development and rebranding of the BAC, procurement of Arts Midwest World Fest featuring music ensembles from around the globe and in collaboration with United Way started Art Factory; a weekly program for disabled artist in the community. She made a strong physical impact on the Brookings Arts Council collaborating with the City of Brookings and private donor on the renovation of the historic Carnegie Library in which the BAC is housed and the installation of War Horse on the corner of Fourth Street and Sixth Ave.


“The arts are a critical part of the fabric of the Brookings community, and I have been humbled by the opportunity to assist in any way possible,” Kuhlman said. “I will forever remember my time with the BAC as a gift. And I am thankful to have been able to meet so many people who do such impactful and important things for our community.”


The Brookings Arts Council Board of Directors will begin the search for the next Executive Director on April 23. More information regarding the search and job solicitation can be found at