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Rapper Killer Mike To Join High Museum’s Board

Killer Mike is one of four new board members the High announced this week. 
Killer Mike is one of four new board members the High announced this week. 
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Atlanta rapper Killer Mike is joining the board of the High Museum of Art.

Mike Render, known popularly as Killer Mike in his role as one half of the hip-hop duo Run the Jewels, is one of four new board members the High announced this week.

The museum has tripled its non-white audience in recent years from 15 percent to 50 percent. But diversifying board membership — an area where many major art institutions struggle — has been harder for the High.

“You can say ‘OK, we’ve made great progress when it comes to diversifying our audience,’ and then you start asking different questions,” museum director Rand Suffolk said. “Does our board ultimately reflect the audience that we serve? If that’s not the case, what steps are we taking along that line?”

Twenty percent of the High’s voting board members are non-white, according to the Museum.

In a statement, Killer Mike said he’s visited The High since middle school, and that he wants to help the museum better engage kids from the West and South Sides of the city.

“I want the community to be as happy about visiting the High Museum as they are about attending a ball game or any other city attraction,” he said.