This new chef from the Blanton Museum will reintroduce you to the redesigned space

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Blanton Art Museum in Austin on Wednesday named a new director of public programs who will help introduce the city to the new, redesigned grounds of the museum.

Kenyon Adams will take on the role and help launch new programming for the museum when it reopens its grounds, which are currently under construction.

The grounds are being redesigned by international design firm Snøhetta, and work should be complete by spring.

The museum said the events Adams will host will include live events on what will be the centerpiece of the redesigned grounds, the Moody Patio.

“I am thrilled to join the Blanton during this stage of transformation and lead its public programming in a reimagined space,” Adams said in the statement. “The unique potential of public programs is the opportunity to activate spaces in ways that connect audiences, mission and institutional memory. I look forward to working with the team to further engage Austin’s diverse communities.

In the past, Adams was the founding director of the arts initiatives at Grace Farms and the SANAA-designed River Building in New Canaan, Connecticut. There, he helped develop and direct the public arts programming of an award-winning international institution.

Adams moved to Austin from Brooklyn last fall, according to the museum, and worked with Fusebox Festival. He is a senior scholar at the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College and artist-in-residence at the Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.

The museum said Adams also performed nationally as a blues singer, songwriter and harmonica player.

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