Saturday is our big Women in the Arts event at the Weisman Art Museum! Did you register to attend Women In the Arts yet? We thought we'd share a quick sneak peak of our amazing artists who will be sharing what they've learned about leadership, creativity, and what it means to make a career in the arts. The event is FREE and open to women of all ages. See you Saturday!
Sarah White is an eclectic singer, emcee and musician and has played both nationally and internationally, best known in Minneapolis for her previous involvement with Black Blondie and Traditional Methods. While her passion to grow and break molds keeps her sound ever-changing, her love of art keeps it classic. Sarah has independently released 2 solo albums, her voice is featured on record label releases from the Midwest to Tokyo and she won Scion’s Best Electronic Vocalist Competition in 2009.White currently fronts her new band, Shiro Dame, known for its "neon soul" sound. Debuting in 2013, their sound is ever-changing, undefined, electric medicine to music heads seeking new aural experiences. Shiro Dame is comprised of Sarah White on vocals, Rico Simon Mendez on guitar, synths, & beats, Blayr Alexander on drums, Dameun Strange on keytar and Ry Dill on bass. Sarah is also a mother, a photographer and a creative with a Minneapolis-based event production company.
Laura Zabel is executive director of Springboard for the Arts, an economic and community development agency based in Minnesota. Springboard provides programs that help artists make a living and a life; and programs that help communities tap into the resource that artists provide. Some of Springboard's projects include: Community Supported Art (CSA), which is based on the Community Supported Agriculture model and connects artists directly with patrons; the Artists Access to Healthcare program, and the Irrigate project, a national model for how cities can engage artists to help reframe and address big community challenges. Springboard's programs have been replicated in over 50 communities across the country. Springboard recently launched the Creative Exchange: a new national platform for story and resource sharing in partnership with Issue Media Group and the Knight Foundation. Laura is a frequent speaker on topics related to arts and community development at convenings such as the Aspen Ideas Festival, Urban Land Institute and Americans for the Arts and was recently named a 2014 Bush Foundation Fellow. She has been named one of the 50 most influential people in the U.S. Nonprofit Arts and received the Visionary Leader award from the MN Council of Nonprofits. Laura serves on advisory boards for the Knight Foundation, Twin Cities LISC and the University of Kansas. Laura is also an actor and lives in Minneapolis with her comedy writer husband, Levi Weinhagen, and their 8-year old daughter.
Jan Elftmann is a local Minnesota artist and educator hailed for her ability to incorporate art into her everyday life, and everyday life into her art. Jan is the founder and director of the ArtCar Parade of Minnesota on the fourth Saturday in July and she has been a contributing artist with the Art Shanty Project for the last six winters. Jan has a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Julie Ann Stevens is an artist and facilitator of new arisings through experiences of “Art to Hearts”. Her early expressions were photojournalistic, recording the story and soul of images as they arise in nature and human encounter. This continues to inform her current paintings which are inspired by patterns in nature that invite people to experience the depth dimension in themselves and in relationships with others. Her work is guided by her participation in the Living School — a global network of people learning to cultivate a contemplative mind through teachings and practices, and deepen their awareness of common union with Divine Reality and all beings. She is the author of Dance With Me, An Invitation and Wild Wellies Wanted and 7SWANS.
Stephany Wieland has been making for years and now documents her adventures through Making It WIth Stephany. If she can’t find it, she makes it. If she has found it and it’s crap, she makes her own improved version. She isn’t great at 1 thing, but she is pretty damn good at a lot of different things. She has been a 911 dispatcher, a professional photographer, a phone operator, a self taught seamstress, a head cook at an Italian restaurant and one helluva Halloween costume maker. She is amazing at tricking children into eating vegetables and taking naps. She can also host the shit out of a YouTube video. She has dabbled in millinery and veil making, is a decent baker but a better cook. She is a mom, an accomplished runner (ok, 1 marathon and some 1/2 marathons) and a seasoned garage sale/thrift shopper. She knows her way around a table saw and nail gun. She is OK at basic graphic and web design, crochet, and professionalism. She is terrible at math, knitting and snowboarding. Sometimes, she is funny.