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Erinn manages the Now Showing Program, ArtsKC Gallery, Intern Program and works on the visual artist and performing components of the Awards Luncheon.

Q + A

Q. What book do you always recommend to a friend looking for a good read?

A. I still love Lois Lowry’s children’s novel The Giver, or really any book similar, 1984, Atlas Shrugged, Fahrenheit 451, A Clockwork Orange, Anthem…

Q. Your favorite arts memory is…

A. Drawing 1 my sophomore year of high school. It was the first time I truly realized how important art can be to ones well-being and it became a form of meditation for me ever since.

Q. What movie do you watch at least once a year?

A. Well, this is embarrassing but…Titanic and The Lion King just never get old. I am also a big fan of Christopher Nolan’s work. Inception is one of my all-time favorite movies, along with The Following, The Prestige and Momento.

For TV’s shows, Westworld, Black Mirror and Game of Thrones!

Q. Why do you support the arts?

A. The arts build stronger communities, have the ability to transform lives and are fundamental to our humanity.


Erinn Skepnek began her work at ArtsKC in October 2010 as the Arts Administration intern. In March 2011, she worked on the 2010 Americans for the Arts, Arts & Economic Prosperity and Local Arts Index research studies and in July 2011 was hired on full-time as the Administrative Assistant. In July 2013 Erinn stepped into the Programs Manager role and in the fall of 2016 became our Sr. Programs Manager. As Sr. Programs Manager, Erinn is responsible for the coordination and development of a number of essential programs and key strategic initiatives of ArtsKC. A few of these programs include Now Showing, the Awards Luncheon, and ArtsKC Internship program. In addition to Erinn’s role as Sr. Programs Manager, she is also manager of our ArtsKC Art Gallery located in Crossroads Art District.

Erinn earned her Bachelor’s of Science from Kansas State University in Family Studies, Human Services with an emphasis in Sociology and a certificate in Conflict Resolution. Born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas Erinn has always been an active participant in the arts. She practiced classical piano under Etsuko Kuribbayashi for 13 years and spent much of her free time in and out of art classes, including courses at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and the Kansas City Arts Institute.

In her spare time Erinn enjoys painting and drawing and is currently working towards building a strong enough portfolio to enter into our very own artist program, Now Showing!