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Kirk Paskal

Program Co-Director, MDC

The Humanities Edge


Kirk has over 20 years’ experience as a grants administrator and director of operations.  Most recently he facilitated project development for the Annie E. Casey Foundation Mission North Star grant program, a consortium of multi-stakeholder community-based partnerships organized through Miami Dade College to identify service, system and policy opportunities for strengthening economic opportunity pathways for young adult parents. Prior to that he coordinated outreach, recruitment and program development for the National Science Foundation STEM-Mia grant program at MDC. Prior to his work in higher education, he served as an artist manager in New York City working closely with various recording artists including the Ramones, Talking Heads, Deborah Harry and Blondie, after which he served as Director of Operations and Development for the Winter Music Conference. During his 18-year tenure at WMC, the conference developed into a preeminent global platform for the advancement of the music industry and one of Miami Beach’s premier annual week-long citywide cultural events, attracting more than 2,000 artists and 50,000 participants from over 70 countries each year.  His community advocacy, leadership and public service engagements include serving on the Board of Directors for Miami Beach United and he is currently serving his third term as Dade Heritage Trust nominee on the Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board by appointment of the City Commission. He also previously served as a panel member for the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Festivals grant program. Kirk studied at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.