Given at the discretion of The ARTS Council's Board, the Lifetime Service Award was established to honor art administrators and professionals who have worked in the public sphere over the course of several decades to bring arts to the community. Recipients of the Lifetime Service Award demonstrate dedication and tenacity for serving the public in arts and culture, and have dedicated their careers to serving our region in this capacity.
Kristin Swain has dedicated her career to ensuring the long term vibrancy of arts and culture in our region. Kristin began at The Rockwell Museum in 1976 assisting with exhibits and events. She then served as the President of the Corning Incorporated Foundation for over twenty years supporting local arts and cultural vitality. She became the President of the Board of Trustees at The Rockwell in 1997, and then in 2002 she was appointed Executive Director.
During her time with The Rockwell Museum, she has led two major transformations – one in 2001 and the most recent reinvention in 2012. Under Kristin’s leadership, The Rockwell has received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and also was named a Smithsonian Affiliate. Attendance at the museum has grown by 48%, and she started an initiative to support student attendance with the Arts in Education fund. Kristin made great strides in fundraising when she started The Silver Dollar Society, which is now a vital source of growth and support for the museum and its new mission. As Executive Director, she has also been essential to the development of modern public programming, as well as growing and redirecting the collection at The Rockwell.
Kristin has built up other arts and cultural organizations by joining boards on local, state, and national levels. Some of the organizations she has served include The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Clemens Center, the Corning Community College Development Foundation, the Corning Public Art Committee, the Museum Association of New York, the Finger Lakes Land Trust, the Museums West Consortium, and the United Way of the Southern Tier.
Kristin’s dedication to local arts and culture has resulted in significant benefits for our region, advancing the opportunities for education, arts exposure, and creative experiences for all ages in Corning and beyond. We are fortunate to have such a passionate arts advocate in Kristin, and we are honored to present her with the Lifetime Service Award for her essential role in supporting our community.
Kristin Swain will be honored along with our other award winners for her dedication to the arts in this region at our 2016 ARTS Award Ceremony!
Join us on Friday, December 9, 2016 from 6-8 PM at The Rockwell Museum in Corning.