Kathrin Kuehm is the new chief financial officer for the Artisphere, the county-owned arts venue in Rosslyn. Kuehm (pronounced “Keem”) is responsible for the Artisphere’s budget, handling both day-to-day operations and larger reporting and auditing functions, reported Karen Vasquez, the county’s director of Cultural Affairs, which oversees the Artisphere.
Kuehm is responsible for meeting various revenue and expenditure targets while keeping track of the number of visitors, tickets sold, rental income and other metrics outlined under the Artisphere’s new business plan. That plan, approved by the county board last November, scaled back some operations of the failing venue but kept it open and active.
The tax subsidy for the Artisphere is $1.58 million in the county manger’s proposed 2013 budget. That is down from a high of $2.1 million during the 2011 fiscal year, which ended last June. The original planning in 2009 called for a subsidy of under $1 million.
The new business plan calls for a CFO "to help carefully manage the complexity of financial operations at the Artisphere given the volume of contractual relationships, purchasing activity, and required financial reporting.”
“I’m still settling in,” Kuehm said in a recent interview, adding that she has seen “nothing unusual” in the budget during these first weeks on the job. She comes to the county from the Shrlington office of Larson Allen, an accounting and business consulting firm.