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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts preparing to welcome new director next month


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is preparing to welcome its new executive director. The KIA's Vicky Wright says that Jim Bridenstine is stepping down, and now Belinda Tate has been selected as his replacement.

"We're very excited," Wright told WKZO. "Belinda Tate will be arriving on September eighth. She comes to us as the director of the Diggs Gallery at Winston Salem State University. I know she is going to bring us some new perspectives. Jim has built this place into a really fine institution, but I know that Belinda is going to take it into the next number of decades."

Tate will be the first African American to be director of the museum. Bridenstine had been at the helm of the museum for 24 years. You can find out more about the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts at KIArts.org .