At Burlington City Arts, Doreen Kraft champions an environment that encourages creativity and thinking outside the box.
She also cares about making sure everyone has access to the arts.
“I’m just really passionate about art as a way of inventing community and bringing community together,” she said.
Burlington City Arts is both a city department and a local arts non-profit. It was was created by then-Mayor Bernie Sanders as the Mayor’s Arts Council (MAC).
In 1990, the city charter was amended, and MAC became BCA, according to the history section of its website.
“There are so many doors to come into BCA, and you can come in through education, you can come in through festivals. You can also come in through art from the heart, which is a volunteer program of making art with young people at UVM Medical Center. So accessibility in the arts has always been profoundly and deeply who we are and that is our mission, both for artists and the public at large,’ she said.
“I love that conversation, that possibility, that chance, for people to grow and learn together,” Kraft said.