Special Post: Congrats and Good Luck to Kat

Please entertain me for a moment while I make this bittersweet post.

Just over a week ago, Katrina Lehr-McKinney posted a ‘New Beginnings’ note on Facebook announcing her departure from Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society. Beings today is her last day, I wanted to congratulate her on her new position at Fresh Produce, and personally thank her for all of her work with the local Sioux Falls community and music scene. It is with wonderful people like Kat that this city can truly expand, and her work will be missed. From endless days leading up to Jazzfest to Mexican lunch dates discussing the importance of local music to attending shows in support of her husband, friends, and The CEU, Kat has been a vital part of what I consider to be the Sioux Falls music family.

It’s been a pleasure to work with you, lady, and I hope we will continue to do great things in the future. In the words of some obscure 80s band, “The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.”

Below is Kat’s note. You can also follow her (and wish her luck!) on Twitter.

Hey Friends!

Now that the board and JazzFest Committee have been informed, I decided today is a good day to let the world know about my career change…

It’s with sadness/excitement/trepidatious joy that after 10+ years of non-profit arts work, I’ll be switching gears to start work at Fresh Produce as their media and project manager. My last day at the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society is February 18 and I’ll start work at Fresh Produce on Monday the 21st.

To everyone I’ve worked with and gotten to know over the years: THANK YOU!!! I’ve learned so much from all of you and I’m truly grateful that I was able to work for an organization that does so many amazing things in the community of Sioux Falls and across the state!

FOREVER an ardent arts supporter in the community and state, I won’t be walking away from SFJB or the local arts community, as I’m staying involved as a volunteer and consultant and I’m sure you’ll be hearing from me in other ways as well.  I’m also extremely lucky that I can move into a position at a company that cares so deeply about the cultural community.  If you haven’t had time to check out the IPSO Gallery at Fresh Produce, take a moment to do so.

So… here’s to new beginnings… Cheers!


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