Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Executive Director Appointed to AFA Board

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts has announced that Executive Director Belinda A. Tate has been named to the board of the American Federation of Arts (AFA), a New York–based nonprofit devoted to organizing and touring exhibitions.

Ms. Tate joins Daniel H. Weiss, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as a new board member. The pair joins more than 30 corporate representatives, collectors, and museum directors from institutions nationwide on the AFA board.

Currently celebrating its 110th year, the AFA was founded in 1909, and has coordinated over 3,500 exhibitions traveling to all 50 states, and to Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. Over the next two years, the AFA will send eleven shows to nearly 35 museums.

Among the exhibitions recently launched by the AFA is Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem, which will travel to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in September.

“I am honored to serve the AFA because its exhibitions have had a tremendous impact on me for decades.” Tate says. “Most memorably, In the Spirit of Resistance from the mid-’90s, which was the first exhibition to examine the influence of the Mexican muralists on the work of African American artists from the 1930s to 1950s.”

“Dan and Belinda bring with them a breadth of knowledge and diverse perspectives that represent a rich cross-section within the museum world today,” Pauline Willis, director and CEO of the AFA, said in a statement. “Their expertise is integral to the AFA’s goal of deepening relations with the full spectrum of the museum community.”