Carol Ann Kobza became the Director / Arts Administrator for Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art in October. This new role is designed to help the museum and its Board of Directors increase the museum’s reach and visibility in the David City area and nationally. She will support the Board and oversee the museum’s membership development, educational programs and fundraising events.
Carol Ann has spent two decades fostering creativity in organizations as diverse as Hallmark Cards, Inc. and U. S. Central Federal Corporate Credit Union. At Hallmark she served as art director, innovation team leader, and idea manager, leading teams of executives and staff to develop new products and new brands. She developed and facilitated a program of interactive workshops on creativity and innovation for Hallmark employees. She was also Vice President of Research and Innovation at U.S. Central Federal Corporate Credit Union, prior to becoming a financial advisor and founding her creativity development and advisory business called KOBZA.
Her work with Bone Creek Museum draws on Carol Ann’s experience early in her career as an arts administrator developing performing and visual arts programs for the Kearney Area Arts Council, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Kimball Hall and the National Endowment for the Arts. Carol Ann worked as the part-time administrator for Butler County Arts Council in the Council’s early years.
Carol Ann says, “I have a great fondness for David City and a passion for art and the land. My family is there. I grew up on a farm owned by the Martin family, which is the first homestead in Butler County with a once beautiful, hand-crafted, historic barn. Although I have been away from Nebraska for years, I still consider myself a Nebraskan and member of the David City community.”
Carol Ann will work remotely from the Kansas City area in order to continue to connect with a regional and national network of people involved in the arts.