Director of Arts Access
Kim Johnson joined the Tennessee Arts Commission in September 2015. Her position includes ensuring access to the arts for underserved communities, Title VI coordination and compliance, and increased arts opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Prior to joining the Tennessee Arts Commission, Kim worked as Director of Programs for the National Museum of African American Music and as Vice President of Programs at the Scarritt-Bennett Center, both nonprofit organizations located in Nashville where she developed programs for people in the community. At the Scarritt-Bennett Center, Kim helped co-lead the award-winning multicultural festival, Celebration of Cultures, (now called Celebrate Nashville). Kim has extensive nonprofit experience that spans over 25 years and before moving to Nashville, she worked at the United Way of Greater Cincinnati in allocations management and outcomes-based evaluations development. After graduate school, Kim also spent two years as a college professor at Eastern Kentucky University.
Kim has a B.S. in Healthcare Administration from the University of South Alabama and a Masters in Public Administration from Eastern Kentucky University.