John R. Killacky is the Executive Director of Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, VT. Previously he served as Program Officer for Arts and Culture for The San Francisco Foundation, Executive Director of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Curator of Performing Arts for the Walker Art Center. Other past positions include Program Officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts, General Manager of PepsiCo SUMMERFARE, and Managing Director of the Trisha Brown and Laura Dean dance companies.
He received the First Bank Award Sally Ordway Irvine Award in Artistic Vision; the William Dawson Award for Programming Excellence from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters; Dance USA's Earnie Award as an "unsung hero;" the Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award for Exemplary Service to the Field of Professional Presenting from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters; and the Margaret L. (Peggy) Kannenstine Award for Arts Advocacy. Mr. Killacky has served as a panelist, lecturer, and consultant for a broad range of arts and funding organizations. He has written numerous publications on the arts, and written and directed several award winning short films and videos. He is an ongoing commentator for Vermont Public Radio.
The Cultural Apartheid of Disability: A Conversation between Judith Smith and John Killacky with Resources and TipsA conversation between Judith Smith and John Killacky with resources and tips at the Americans for the Arts 2017 Annual Conference, Friday June 16, 2017.
John R. Killacky discusses his time as curator of Performing Arts at Walker Art Center, and the controversy caused by featured works.