Gulgun Kayim


Gülgün KayimArts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Gülgün Kayim, joined the City of Minneapolis in 2011 in the newly created role of Director of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Previously she was the Assistant Director of the Archibald Bush Foundation’s Artist Program where she managed a portfolio involving cross sector imagination, creativity and innovation. Before joining Bush she served as the Public Art on Campus Coordinator at the Weisman Art Museum and also consulted extensively on site-specific performance, public art and artist professional development in the Twin Cities. In 2014 Gülgün received a Rising Star Award for Women in Public Service from Hamline University in recognition of the Creative City Making program. Gülgün is also a practicing interdisciplinary artist, and co-founder of the Minneapolis based, award winning, site-specific performance collective, Skewed Visions. She is a core member of the international artist network Mapping Spectral Traces and Theatre Without Borders and her artistic work has been recognized through a number of local and national awards, grants and fellowships including a Creative Community Leadership Fellowship, TCG Global Connections Grant, Archibald Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, Shannon Institute Leadership Fellowship, Trust for Mutual Understanding grants, an International Peace Fellowship, Creative Capital grant, Jerome Foundation grant, a Minnesota State Arts Board Theatre Fellowship among others. Kayim’s work has been seen in the US, London, Cyprus and Russia.

Originally from Cyprus, she trained in the US and London and holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Minnesota, an MA in Intercultural Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Film from the University of Middlesex, London. She also serves as affiliate faculty in the Dept. of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota.