Krys Holmes steps down at The Myrna Loy to become Montana Arts Council director

Marga Lincoln For the Independent Record

After nine years as executive director of The Myrna Loy, Krys Holmes is taking on a new and exciting challenge as the executive director of the Montana Arts Council.

She starts her new position Oct. 2.

The Arts Council’s mission is to support artists, arts organizations and people across Montana to increase access to the arts and to celebrate Montana’s unique arts and culture, she said in an interview Tuesday.

She sees her new job as doing the 10,000 things that make that happen.

“I feel very strongly that Montana is very different than every state around us because of our unique cultural mix.

“Embedded in our history is a really varied, colorful and powerful blend of artistic and cultural voices.”

The Arts Council’s decision to hire Holmes follows a highly competitive national search that drew more than 50 applicants, said Montana Arts Council vice chair Jay Pyette.

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“Krys was fantastic,” he said, noting that the board was impressed with her professionalism, her demeanor and her knowledge of the arts community across Montana.

“We also saw with Krys – she was going to mesh well with the

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