Kerstin Gilg works at the Maine Arts Commission where he is the director of the media arts program and the performing arts program. Kerstin has also overseen the agency public art program, technology program, and manages event production for statewide conferences and forums. He regularly assists individuals and organizations in crafting successful support applications to local businesses, regional funders, national philanthropists, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He coordinates a task force of arts leaders in Maine and New Brunswick to develop stronger international cultural trade within the region, and has authored several reports focusing on arts and economic development. He facilitates annual grant reviews within the agency and serves on review panels for organizations like the New England Foundation for the Arts. Kerstin has over 20 years of experience working with artists and organizations in strategic planning, organizational development, fundraising, and facilities management. He is Leadership LIFT 360 alumni and co-founder of the Artdogs Studios business. Outside of his duties at the Arts Commission, Kerstin volunteers regularly for the Main Street community development initiative in Gardiner, is a member of the Gardiner Board of Trade, and serves as an advisor to the Maine Film Association.
Kerstin has a Master’s Degree in Interactive Telecommunication from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Theatre Science degree from the University of Oregon. Before joining the Maine Arts Commission Kerstin worked professionally as a scenic designer in New York and an event coordinator in Los Angeles. Kerstin still occasionally teaches art and design at the university level and maintains a semi-active creative practice in central Maine.