As Texas Folklife's Grants Coordinator, Kate Murray works with the Executive Director, Operations Manager, and programmatic team to manage the organization's grant portfolio and drive new avenues of funding that help bring our various programs to life. She has also served Texas Folklife as producer for Stories From Deep In the Heart, facilitating lessons in podcasting techniques at local elementary schools, helping develop Creative Forces curriculum, and editing recorded audio into radio-ready works.
Kate most recently served as the Managing Director of local non-profit Golden Hornet, working alongside Artistic Director Graham Reynolds and wearing at least seven hats at any given moment, from graphic design to grant writing. She has spent the past seven years working in the non-profit and arts education realms, from stage construction projects with local materials in a small village of Northern Uganda to teaching (and learning from) 8 to 12 year olds as a Lead Educator in the maker space at Austin's Thinkery.
Between 2011 and 2015, Kate spent time studying, living, and working in Uganda and Rwanda, exploring critiques of the aid industry, falling in love with her homestay families, and gaining a new worldview. Since then, she has become passionate about humanizing global interactions, connecting narratives back to the voices of their subjects, and emphasizing the value of equity in her endeavors -- whether that is conveyed as an educator, through written word, in a podcast, as part of an archive, by the mechanism of philanthropy, or through interactive art and engaging spaces. Between June 2016 and March 2017, she lived on two wheels, riding a motorcycle from Alaska to Antarctica. Along the way, she visited with educators, artists, makers, and storytellers of all kinds. She is invigorated by all forms of learning and collaboration.
As Founder of Unfine Arts, Kate also currently supports the important work of multiple non-profit organizations and social-impact companies through freelance work, helping turn artistic visions into actionable timelines, create administrative processes for optimum performance, and design systems that ensure all members of a team feel valued. As Board Treasurer of local non-profit Austin Emerging Arts Leaders, she co-curates and co-facilitates the monthly series alongside Rachel Dennis and supports an annual mentorship program to support the continuation of the local creative economy.