Q + A
Q. What is your hometown?
A. Olathe, Kansas
Q. What movie do you watch at least once a year?
A. Disney’s Mulan
Q. What is your dream job?
A. Action Movie Star!
Q. If you could time travel for the sole purpose of experiencing the art and culture of that period, when would you go to?
A. Without a doubt, I’d like to visit the late 1950s through 1960s because I love abstract expressionism, post-war modernism, and socially-responsive art. All the greats like Alvin Ailey, Agnes Martin, Mark Rothko, and a slew of Motown singers were at peak creativity and creating meaningful artworks that spoke to the ongoing struggles for acceptance, equality, and joy.
Q. What book do you always recommend to a friend looking for a good read?
A. The Battle of Versailles. It’s about the moment in the 1970s when American ready-to-wear overtook French couture as the gold standard of fashion. It’s well written and a gift from former ArtsKC staffer Paul Tyler!
Q. What KC restaurant has the culinary arts mastered?
A. This is tough! The Russell for brunch/lunch and Corvino for cocktails or dinner.
Q. On my days off…
A. I work on creative projects and enjoy spending time with close friends exploring KC.
Q. I support the arts because…
A. They help people see our shared humanity and discover their limitless potential.
Godfrey Riddle, MPA is a creative social entrepreneur with specializations in fundraising, program development, and nonprofit administration. He is driven to build inspiring communities where people reach their full potential. Godfrey’s passion for public service and the arts have led him to full-time positions with ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, and Rightfully Sewn. He has also held part-time roles at People to People International and the Kansas State Legislature. Godfrey is an alumnus of AmeriCorps VISTA and CORO KC and serves on the board for BlaqOut, a grassroots initiative to end HIV/AIDS in Kansas City. In 2017, Godfrey was honored as one of INK Magazine’s “30 Under 30” for his career and community involvement.