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Mary Kay Ingenthron established MK Communications in 1985 to offer museums and historic sites comprehensive services in strategic and operational planning, marketing and audience research, and friend and fund raising. Working in partnership with clients, MK Communications has helped scores of museums achieve their goals in institutional planning through strategic planning, museum/community partnerships, image enhancement, heightened public awareness, and renewed community support. Until 1985, Mary Kay was vice president for public affairs at the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York.

Beyond her client work, Mary Kay has a long record of volunteer service to the museum profession and the communities in which she has lived. She founded one of the first museum/cultural tourism organizations, The Museums of Rochester, and in 1984 received the City of Rochester Award of Excellence for her work on behalf of the Rochester Sesquicentennial and the museum/community tourism partnership she initiated. In 1996, she founded and was program coordinator and instructor of the Marketing and Public Relations Institute for Museums and Cultural Organizations at the University of Kansas at Lawrence.

Mary Kay is a member of The Museum Group. She has served on the board of the Children's Museum of Kansas (chair and vice chair), American Association of Museums, Association of Midwest Museums, Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, and Greater Rochester Visitor Industry Council. She is a founding member and former chair of the Marketing and Public Relations Committee of the American Association of Museums.

To learn how MK Communications can bring people together to enrich your museum contact Mary Kay at

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MK Communications
8128 Swarner Dr
Shawnee Mission, KS 66219
913 894-5359 phone/fax
913 530-5235 mobile