Chicago, IL.- The Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Sophia Kintis as its new Executive Director. Kintis comes to the Hellenic Museum from The National Museum of Mexican Art, in Chicago, IL where she worked as a project manager for the last year. Kintis began work with the HMCC on July 1, 2007.
The appointment of Kintis followed an extensive nationwide search by the board of directors of the Hellenic Museum. Board President Aristotle Halikias commented on the new Executive Director: “I speak for the entire board and enthusiastically welcome Sophia to the Hellenic Museum community. A world class institution like the Hellenic Museum deserves to have someone with world class credentials.”
Kintis brings with her a long background in the museum community. Kintis also worked at the Art Institute of Chicago as a project coordinator in the Department of Development and Organizational Giving offices and also has extensive sales and marketing experience while working in Madrid, Spain for Sylvan Learning Systems.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and daughter of a first generation Greek family, Kintis considers her new position as a homecoming of sorts. “I was raised with an appreciation for my Greek heritage and I have a personal investment in keeping the Greek tradition alive. This interest carries over to my sincere commitment to the mission of the Hellenic Museum and the role I believe it must play in the community,” Kintis stated upon accepting the new position.
Kintis plans to perpetuate the mission of the museum by increasing outreach in educational programs, increase funding, and use her experience to help the Museum reach the community at large. Simultaneously, she will help guide the museum to the next phase of its evolution, which includes the groundbreaking and building of the new 40,000 square foot permanent facility located in historic Greektown.