Springboard has a team of Artist Career Consultants (ACCs), each of whom is a working artist, well-established in his or her field, with considerable experience in mentoring and teaching individual artists. ACC bios and areas of specialty are listed below. You can request a specific ACC, or we can match you with one, when you sign up for Consultations.
Rural Program Director, Fergus Falls
Background: Music (classical piano, teaching) and Administration (community development). Michele Anderson is a composer, creative writer and pianist with a BA in Music from Lewis and Clark College, and an MA in Cultural Sustainability from Goucher College, where she was awarded the inaugural Rory Turner Prize in Cultural Sustainability. In 2015, Michele was selected by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for their Catalytic Leader Award.
Background: Music (composition, multimedia) and Administration (leadership). Noah Keesecker is a composer and multimedia artist. He has been a McKnight Fellow and a recipient of awards from the Jerome Foundation. He has been a Knight Foundation Fellow for Emerging Leaders, an Americans for the Arts Emerging Arts Leader liaison, and serves on the Board of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. He holds a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Minnesota. www.noahkeesecker.net.
Adjunct Career Consultant, Lowertown St. Paul
Background: Music (hip-hop emcee, songwriting, poetry, spoken word, artist development) and Administration (social justice, activism, customer service, clerical, leadership). Troy King is a recipient of the McKnight Fellowship for performing musicians and has worked with Springboard for the Arts as both a grant recipient and project coordinator. Attended NC State University before moving to Minnesota in 2011 and has released a mixtape as well as two full-length albums. kingfuvi.com/
Background: Visual Art (ceramics, studio practice, online communication and sales). Anna Metcalfe graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2009 with her MFA. She is a ceramic artist interested in the junction of public art and craft, and makes work inspired by water, agriculture, food and community. She has been the recipient of several MN State Arts Board grants as well as a Jerome Foundation Grant for Public Art. www.annametcalfe.com.
Background: Theater (acting, directing, producing). Zaraawar Mistry is a co-owner of Dreamland Arts, a 40-seat theater attached to his home in St. Paul. He has performed in and directed many works for several Twin Cities theater companies, and mentored dozens of artists in the creation and production of original works for the stage. He has an M.F.A. in Theatre from UC, San Diego and a B.A. from Bennington College in Vermont. http://dreamlandarts.com/zaraawar-mistry/.
Background: Theater (acting, directing and teaching), Dance (dance, choreography), and On Camera (film, commercial, hosting). Adia Morris is a freelance artist and educator. She has performed at the Guthrie Theater and Park Square Theatre, and danced with Threads Dance Project. She has taught dance and theatre workshops for Guthrie Theater, Youth Performance Company, and Minneapolis Public Schools. Adia earned her BA in Classics from Duke University.
Naomi RaMona Schliesman
Artist Development Coordinator, Fergus Falls
Background: Visual Art (sculpture, installation, mixed media, performance and teaching). Naomi RaMona Schliesman received her BFA from the University of Minnesota, Moorhead, and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has shown her art nationally and has participated in artist residencies and fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale, Kimmel Hardening Nelson Center for the Arts and Hospitalfield Arts in Arbroath, Scotland. www.lrac4.org/artists.
Background: Visual Art (public art) and Literature (non-fiction). Andy Sturdevant is a writer, public artist and occasional performer. He has written about art, history and culture for a variety of Twin Cities-based publications and websites. His artwork has been exhibited at venues in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Seattle, and he has presented public programs with many organizations locally and regionally. Andy holds a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Louisville. www.andysturdevant.com.
Background: Writing and Publishing. For 34 years, David Unowsky owned and ran Hungry Mind (later known as Ruminator), one of America’s great bookstores which also fostered a literary magazine and a publishing company. As a writer he has been published in Bookselling This Week, Ruminator Review, USA Today, and mnartists.org. Currently David is a bookseller and events manager at SubText: a Bookstore, and a sales and marketing consultant for the Saint Paul Almanac.