Kate Arford is a Cultural Producer, Project Manager, and Arts Professional Consultant in the Twin Cities. In 2010, she co-founded and co-directed, Peanut Gallery, a contemporary artist-centric gallery and studio space in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL. After joining the Soap Factory team in 2012, she gleefully fulfilled the role of Gallery Director at one of the largest contemporary art spaces focused on emergent and experimental practices in the Midwest. There she had developed and produced exhibitions, public programs, conferences, commissions, publications, and residency programs. Since 2016, she has acted as Treasurer of the Minneapolis Art Lending Library, whose vision is to make art a part of everyday life for everyone. Kate believes in the ethos of punk and the promise of open and equal community platforms; establishing a punk-professionalism in the spirit of collaboration, relevancy, commonality, discourse, and play.