Julie Mulvihill is the Executive Director for the Kansas Humanities Council, where she joined the staff in 2001 as the Director of Programs. Prior to joining the council, she served as the Education Coordinator for the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka and the Curator of Education for the Johnson County Museums, located in the greater metropolitan Kansas City area. She taught American history and English for seventh and eighth graders on the Wind River Reservation in Ethete, Wyoming, as well as in Lawrence, Kansas.
Mulvihill is on the board for Kansas State University’s Center for Engagement and Community Development, is part of the Governor’s Cultural Affairs Committee, has taught at the KU, and often assumes a leadership role in the state’s cultural and arts initiatives and anniversaries, including the sesquicentennial of statehood, the creation of the state’s first book festival, and the Poet Laureate of Kansas program. She has been active on the federal funding committee for the American Association of State and Local History, the Kansas Museums Association, the Kansas Center for the Book, Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, and the Smithsonian Institution’s MOMs’ advisory committee.
Mulvihill is a native Kansan and lives with her husband in rural Jefferson County, not too far from the roots of two other dreamers — noted regionalist painter John Steuart Curry and Samuel Peppard, who mounted a mast and sail to his farm wagon in 1860 in an attempt to ride the wind to the gold fields of Colorado.