Geist thinks her last job prepared her well for working at Arts Partners, which brings the arts to schoolchildren. She had been curator of education at the Ulrich Museum of Art on the campus of Wichita State University.
“I did the math and realized that in more than 11 years, I’ve given tours to more than 15,000 people,” she said. “More than half of those would be K through 12 children. I feel like I know my audience pretty well.”
Geist, 46, grew up in Hesston and earned a degree in art history from WSU.
During her tenure at the Ulrich, she said, attendance more than doubled and the museum acquired works by many significant artists. She received the Kansas Art Education Association 2012 museum educator of the year award.
At Arts Partners, she’ll work on fundraising, plan for the organization’s future and head up what she calls a “well-tuned” staff of four. She replaces Katie Lynn, who is retiring after 14 years.
“It is a wonderful move for me because it supports education in the schools through the arts, which is what I’ve been all about for 11 years.”
Geist said she and her husband, Jack, “have a house full of cats and dogs, all of them rescue animals, so we really adore caring for them. Definitely, animals are our passion.”
That and art, which she said she follows intently even when not working.
“I just love attending arts events and cultural events in Wichita.”