Kim Blanding has a pediatric dental practice in Kannapolis. The uptown resident serves on the Board of Directors for The Mint Museum of Craft + Design and the McColl Center for Visual Art. Blanding, 45, came to Charlotte in 2000 from New York City to be closer to family.
Why she serves: “Learning more about art, particularly mediums such as wood, ceramics and glass is enriching and helps with my understanding and appreciation. I have a platform to address acquisition and display of art that is representative of diverse artists, which is important in reflecting various aspects of our culture.”
Connecting with children: “Children want to express themselves and their individuality; often they do that through art. The drawings and paintings they make allow them to be creative and engage in dialogue with other children about what they have created. They gain self worth from their artwork; it provides them with confidence in expressing themselves.”
Evolving art scene: “Charlotte’s future is very bright. The explosion of options since I’ve moved to Charlotte is incredible. With the number of diverse museums uptown and the performing arts with dance and theater there really is no excuse for people to not find things that excite and engage them.”