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Karen Brooks Hopkins has been the president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music since 1999. She will be ending her presidency in 2015. Previously she was an adjunct professor for the Brooklyn College Program for Arts Administration. In the spring of 1995, Hopkins served as the executive producer of the Bergman Festival, which celebrated the life and work of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman
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Hopkins is a graduate of The University of Maryland and received her MFA from George Washington University in Washington, DC.
She is the author of the book, Successful Fundraising for Arts & Cultural Organizations(1997), published by Greenwood Publishing.
Awards and Recognition
The success of the Bergman Festival earned her a medal from the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden and also, in recognition of her work on behalf of the Norwegian National Ballet, Norway awarded her its St. Olav Medal. In November 2006, Hopkins was awarded the honor of Chevalier de L’Ordre des arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France for her work supporting the French arts in the United States. In 2007, she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in New York City Business” by Crain’s. That same year, she was appointed Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star, in recognition of her role in solidifying ties between the performing arts communities of Sweden and the United States. In May 2012, Hopkins was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY. She was designated a “Woman of Achievement” by the professional association Women in Development in 2013 and named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” by Crain’s. In March, 2014 she was named by Brooklyn Magazine to the list of “The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture”
^ Pogrebin, Robin (2 February 2014). “President of BAM Will Leave Next Year”. New York Times. Retrieved 20 March 2014.