Creative Time’s new director Katie Hollander outlines her vision

More ‘dream projects’, educational outreach and maybe a tv show


Katie Hollander, Creative Time’s new executive director whose appointment was announced by the board last week, has outlined some of her plans for the organisation. These include more of the “artist dream projects” the public art commissioner has become known for, as well as a potential television programme and educational platforms. “We live in uncertain and unstable times, people are looking for new ways to be challenged, inspired, and informed,” she recently told The Art Newspaper.

 “I think that Creative Time has always been known as a public arts organisation,” Hollander says, and the group will continue to realise big public art commissions, such as Duke Riley’s forthcoming Fly By Night, which involves a flock of trained pigeons that will perform choreographed flights at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. “But we’ll also find a way to engage new audiences,” Hollander adds, including partnering with news media such as The Guardian.

“We’re also thinking about a potential television programme,” she says. “We’ve been working on going deeper in the discourse of artists and thought leaders. We launched our first massive open online course this past fall, which was really successful.”

None of this is to say Creative Time will move away from the “artist dream projects”. Under her guidance, Hollander says Creative Time will in fact hope to do more and more projects outside New York, around the country and internationally.

Hollander served as deputy director under Anne Pasternak for the past eight years, and her promotion follows Pasternak’s departure in September to lead the Brooklyn Museum.