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Vickie Benson

Program Director

Vickie Benson is arts program director for The McKnight Foundation. Before coming to McKnight in 2007, she was vice president of the Jerome Foundation in St. Paul, program director at Chamber Music America in New York City and senior program specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Benson was a member of Grantmakers in the Arts’ board of directors from 2003-2010, and for her last two years, she served as the board’s president. She is currently a member of the operations committee for ArtPlace, a grantmaking collaboration of 14 national and regional foundations focused on Creative Placemaking.

She holds a B.A. in arts administration from St. Paul's Metropolitan State University, and an M.A. in nonprofit management from the Hamline University Graduate School of Management. She studied music at the University of Minnesota as an undergrad. An avid advocate for artists, Benson has a background as a folk singer and guitar player.