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Kristy Edmunds, an experienced multidisciplinary performing arts leader, will become the new director of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, known as Mass MoCA, in October. Edmunds, currently executive and artistic director of the Center for the Art of Performance at the University of California at Los Angeles, will replace Joseph C. Thompson, who helped found the museum and directed it for more than 32 years.

“It’s a place that resonates with me,” Edmunds said in a phone interview, citing “how they create a pipeline to help artists help them dream the culture of the future.”

Edmunds said she would prioritize issues of equity and inclusion. “It’s mostly white in this part of the world,” she said. “But the diversity of voices in Mass MoCA’s programming is important and it will grow.”

While New England will be a change from Southern California for Edmunds, each institution’s annual operating budgets are similar – Mass MOCA’s annual operating budget was recently reduced to $ 10.5 million from $ 12 million due to the pandemic. The University of California center has annual costs of $ 8-10 million.