images

Photos: Kim Fullerton and Heather Kelly

Dear Client,

I hope this finds you well. We have some wonderful news to share with you. As of the first of this month, Heather Kelly, of HKC Marketing, has taken over the helm of Akimbo. As the new owner and Director of the business she will guide Akimbo forward into the future, while ensuring it continues to provide you with the same great services.

After 22 years of shepherding Akimbo into what it has become today, I am so happy to be able to pass the business on to someone as passionate about art as I am. I have known Heather for two decades and know her to be incredibly dedicated and experienced in marketing for cultural events and organizations. In the early 2000s, Heather and I worked together to promote programs at The Power Plant and I worked as part of her publicity team for the Toronto International Art Fair, as it was known then. Heather went on to design and deliver the launch campaigns for the Ryerson Image Centre, and Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music. In a stroke of brilliance she created an alliance of powerful culture producers along Bloor Street, in an organization known as the Bloor St. Culture Corridor. Four years ago she was instrumental in starting the monthly Global Arts & Culture Sector Meetup which has grown to include arts and culture sector leaders not just from Toronto but from around the globe. Heather sits on the board of East End Arts, and has been a member of the board of directors of the Bentway Conservancy, Craft Ontario, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and others. She is also a wildlife caregiver and poet. You will be able to reach Heather at heather@akimbo.ca.

A short message from Heather: “I’m deeply grateful to Kim and inspired to be the new owner and Director of Akimbo. Akimbo aligns with my lifelong commitment to create connections, foster professional community, and contribute to the profile, engagement, revenues, and vitality of cultural organizations. Looking ahead, Akimbo will play an active part in Canada’s arts sector reinvention and revitalization. I’m committed to upholding and advancing the company values that Kim established: accessibility, equity, and opportunity. I’m excited to collaborate with the wonderful Akimbo team, connect your programming and announcements with attendees, readers, and sector members, and be a meaningful partner with arts organizations across Canada.”

I want to thank you for being the incredible Akimbo client you are and for working with us over the years. I feel lucky that I’ve been a part of the dynamo Akimbo team that has been able to support and promote your programs. Because of you, we have survived and thrived. After working with Heather for the next six weeks to transition the business over to her, I will transition my own energies and interests into disability justice work as well pick up where I left off in 1995 and set up a creative practice as an artist again.

Regards, Kim

Kim Fullerton, Founder
Akimbo Art Promotions