The City of Bedford is excited to announce Krissi Oden as the City’s first Cultural Arts Manager. Oden comes to Bedford from Flower Mound, where she served as the Town’s Community and Cultural Arts Manager. While there, she built the arts program from the ground-up and during that process, created numerous community art programs and events. Oden’s first day with the City of Bedford will be Monday, August 9.
“We are thrilled to welcome Krissi and look forward to all the wonderful art initiatives that will now be possible thanks to her talent and abilities,” Mayor Michael Boyter said. “Krissi’s leadership and background will also be pivotal as the cultural arts center project takes shape and strengthens Bedford’s position as a destination for the arts.”
Oden’s career has always centered around her passion for the arts. Prior to her municipal cultural arts experience, she has extensive experience in teaching studio art, art appreciation, and art history at both the secondary and collegiate level. She is no stranger to building art departments from the ground up and is currently involved with arts education non-profit Big Thought in Dallas as a contract curriculum writer/project manager.
In her work at Big Thought, she creates art-based programming for organizations that include The College Football Hall of Fame, EarthX in Dallas, AT&T (Dallas Cowboys) Stadium, the State Fair of Texas, and others. She is currently leading the visual arts portion of the design team in program development as well as assisting in creating the overall design and curriculum map for the Epacenter in Palo Alto, California.
Oden has two master’s degrees, one in art history from the University of North Texas and one in teaching in art education from Texas Woman’s University. She also has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in art history from the University of North Texas.
“I am so excited to become part of such an amazing team,” Oden said. “The arts have the power to engage communities, create inspiring spaces, instigate dialogue, and so much more. I’m looking forward to creating something special in Bedford with the arts that residents will be proud of.”