The Pitch Questionnaire with the American Jazz Museum's Haleigh Harrold

The Jazz Museum's development manager, on life in KC.




Name: Haleigh Harrold

Occupation: Development Manager, American Jazz Museum

Hometown: Creswell, Oregon

Current neighborhood: The Northland

Who or what is your sidekick? My 3-year-old daughter, Temwa

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? International aid worker

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Where do you drink? The Blue Room

What's your favorite charity? MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault)

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Zona Rosa

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests?
City Market

Finish this sentence: "Other than the Kauffman Center, Kansas City got it right when ... " It supported local artists.

"Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Constructed streets without sidewalks.

"Kansas City needs ... " More Trader Joe's.

"People might be surprised to know that I ... " Spent many summers fighting forest fires with my buddy Smokey the Bear.

"If I were in charge ... " Art and recess would be more important.

What TV show do you make sure you watch? 60 Minutes

___ take(s) up a lot of space in my iTunes: R&B

What movie do you watch at least once a year? Bits and pieces of the Tinker Bell movies, and it's more like once a week. I love my little girl!

What local tradition do you take part in every year? Fourth of July at Riverfront Park

Celebrity you'd like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Definitely Erykah Badu

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: My little sister Jayme

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Slow computer

What subscription do you value most? Arts Journal newsletter

Last book you read: Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Favorite day trip: Columbia, Missouri

What is your most embarrassing dating moment? On my first real date, the boy just kept talking about things I had zero interest in, and I was so embarrassed for him.

Interesting brush with the law? I got pulled over and didn't even realize it because I happened to be parking anyway.
Police officer: "Excuse me, miss, do you know why I pulled you over?"
Me: "You pulled me over!?!"

Describe a recent triumph: Walking after breaking both of my feet and being in a wheelchair for a couple of months.

The American Jazz Museum pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with Ella: First Lady of Song, through June 1 in the Changing Gallery. The art exhibit is free and open to the public.

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