Textile Museum of Canada (the Museum) has selected Kirsten Kamper as position title, following an executive search process led by Arts Consulting Group (ACG). She will begin her tenure on May 2, 2022.
A senior non-profit executive and relationship manager with 23 years of experience, Kamper joins the Museum following her most recent position as Vice President, Operations and Campaign in Royal Ontario Museum Foundation. During her tenure, she worked with the CEO and team to devise a new campaign framework, incorporating it into the ROM Governors Business Plan, supporting and achievement of the highest fundraising result in over 10 years. Additionally, she worked work the CEO and fellow Vice Presidents to manage communications with stakeholders and successfully navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
Previously, Kamper has worked with Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and The Power Plan Contemporary Art Gallery. She has also served on the board of North York Arts and O’Connor House. Kamper has a bachelor of arts in history and American studies and a graduate diploma in institutional administration from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University.
In making the announcement, Chair of the Board of Trustees Judith Harris said, “I am delighted to welcome Kirsten Kamper as the Museum’s new director and CEO. We are very much looking forward to working with her. We are confident that Kirsten will building on the Museum’s recent achievements and will lead us forward with continued growth and success as one of Canada’s unique and outstanding organizations.”
Search Committee Chair Adrienne Hood added, “Kirsten Kamper’s extensive experience in the cultural sector combined with her qualities as a strong compassionate leader, commitment to diversity, and extensive experience in philanthropy, will ensure that the Museum will maintain and build on its amazing momentum.”
“I am honoured to be named Director and CEO of the Textile Museum of Canada and thrilled to join a unique and beloved museum featuring both a global textile collection and commitment to presenting work by contemporary artists,” said Kamper. “Together with the passionate and dedicated staff, Board of Trustees, and volunteers, I look forward to collaboratively building the strategy for our future. One that continues the Museum’s exemplary initiatives to explore the human experience through textiles in ways that are accessible and inclusive.”
“Congratulations to the search committee, board, and staff of the Textile Museum of Canada on the announcement of Kirsten Kamper as Director and CEO,” said ACG Senior Vice President Menon Dwarka. “The emergence of new arts leadership is always an exciting time in the life cycle of an organization. Kirsten Kamper’s intelligence and deep sectoral experience is a welcome addition to the cultural fabric of Canada, and ACG is thrilled to have been part of her journey.”