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Deborah Mikula Executive Director
debbie@lansingarts.org (517) 853-7581

Deborah Mikula

Executive Director

Deborah E. Mikula has been the Executive Director of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing since 2013.  She is a native of Michigan and her work has entailed leading strong and successful nonprofit arts and cultural organizations here in Michigan and Washington DC.

She is a renowned expert on the resources and programs that an arts council provides to artists and arts organizations and places a high priority on any creative project that creates a sense of place, showcases a community’s authentic heritage, and contributes to the economic prosperity of a region.

Debbie served for a year as the Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of ArtServe Michigan and for ten years prior as the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies (MACAA) where she regenerated the enthusiasm and helped to build the capacity of arts and cultural organizations across Michigan with her expertise and knowledge.

Through her leadership, MACAA was recognized as one of the state’s outstanding arts institutions when it was awarded the 2004 Governor’s Award for Arts and Culture.  Prior to this, Debbie was the CEO of Cultural Communications and served as the Executive Director of the League of Historic American Theatres in Washington DC, a national nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and reuse of historic theatres in the United States.

Debbie has a bachelor's degree in Theatre from Michigan State University and earned her Graduate Certificate in Arts Management from The American University in Washington DC.

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Meghan Martin Portrait

Meghan MartinProgram Manager
meghan@lansingarts.org (517) 853-7582

Meghan Martin

Program Manager

Meghan Martin joined the Arts Council in 2017 as Program Manager. She hails from DeWitt and has lived and worked in the region for the majority of her life. In this time, she earned her B.A. in Journalism from Michigan State University (Go Green!), she worked for the Michigan Press Association and the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, and continues volunteer on the Fenner Nature Center Communications Committee.

Meghan was first drawn to the arts as a daughter of a fine artist and elementary art teacher. She further-pursued the arts as she grew older, taking advantage of the many art programs in school—ranging from choir, dance, improv and theater troop, and musical theater. Meghan continued to follow the arts in recent years, partnering with the Arts Council on projects such as the Creative Placemaking Summit.

Meghan has worked in a variety of roles, gaining experience in programming support, graphic design, and communication and event planning. She is passionate about developing placemaking projects that support the Greater Lansing Area and continuing the efforts to make this a thriving, active community for all. Meghan’s role at the Arts Council includes managing the grant programs, coordinating the annual Creative Placemaking Summit and other professional development events, providing technical assistance to members, and leading outreach efforts for the organization.

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Dawn Gorman Communication & Events Manager 
dawn@lansingarts.org (517) 853-7584

Dawn Gorman

Communications & Events Manager

Dawn Gorman has lived in Lansing for more than 30 years and isn't shy about sharing her #LoveLansing pride. Dawn has an extensive background in communications, marketing, writing, branding and event planning and has been involved in and supporting the arts for most of her life. She holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Critical Studies of the Teaching of English as well as a Specialization in Film from Michigan State University. She has several years’ experience working in the publishing and communications industries and has written for a number of publications, including newspapers, print magazines and e-news. She has also taught writing at both Lansing Community and Kellogg Community Colleges.

Dawn’s roles at the Arts Council include overseeing, managing and coordinating communications, social media management, media relations, marketing and branding as well as event planning. Additionally, Dawn serves as a community liaison, building relationships, consulting with members and leading efforts to promote the arts within our region.

With more than ten-years combined experience, Dawn’s extensive communication and writing
skills provide the Arts Council of Greater Lansing with multiple avenues for raising arts awareness and engaging the community as well as advocating for and promoting the arts, which is key to the Arts Council mission.

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Taylor Rupp Portrait

Taylor RuppAdministrative Assistant & Arts Night Out Coordinator
taylor@lansingarts.org (517) 853-7580

Taylor Rupp

Administrative Assistant & Arts Night Out Coordinator

Taylor Rupp is a Saginaw native, but an East Lansing transplant. She earned her M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management from Michigan State University, where she also earned her B.A. in Inderdisciplinary Studies in Social Science, with a Sociology Concentration, as well as Minors in Theatre and Arts and Cultural Management.

The Arts have been a part of her life since a young age, and she has always felt compelled to pursue them. Since settling in Lansing, she has gained both academic and professional experience in the arts focused around programming, community development, educational outreach and grant writing. She has worked for arts organizations such as the Wharton Center for Performing Arts in Front-Of-House Management, and the Anton Art Center as Grant Coordinator, as well as the State-wide arts agency, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. 

Whether studying the arts in New York City, or being a teaching artist in East Lansing schools, Taylor is dedicated to connecting communities through a mutual passion for the purpose of life: creation.

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Ryan Logan Portrait

Ryan LoganGraphic Designer 
ryan@lansingarts.org (517) 853-7583

Ryan Logan

Graphic Designer

Thanks to his upbringing in a family of creatives, Ryan Logan obtained his passion for arts and entertainment at a young age while growing up in Charlotte, Mich.

Fueled by his dedication - some may say addiction - to creative expression, Ryan developed a Swiss Army Knife's worth of creative skills while obtaining his Bachelor's degree in Advertising from Michigan State University. With his knowledge of photography, graphic design, animation, and more, he is dedicated to helping the Arts Council convey the benefits of the arts to the Lansing area.

Ryan's photography and design work has received several awards, including seven Addys, and prior to joining the Arts Council, he served as a teaching assistant at Michigan State University and as a graphic artist at The State News in East Lansing.

More samples of Ryan's work can be found on his personal website: www.ryanmlogan.com

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Our Board

As a mission-based non-profit organization, we are so honored to have active, passionate, insightful and dedicated individuals on our board of directors. If you would like to be considered for board membership, please contact Deborah E. Mikula, executive director at 517-372-4636 ext. 2 or by email at debbie@lansingarts.org.

2017-2018 Members

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Patty Lloyd Barnas, President

Market President, Lansing

First National Bank of Michigan

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Kirk Meadows, Vice President

Senior Attorney

Jackson National Life

Ginny Haas Portrait

Ginny Haas, Secretary

Retired, Director of Community Relations

MSU Governmental Affairs

Kathie Feldpausch Portrait

Kathie Feldpausch, Treasurer

Senior Vice President & CFO

Michigan Realtors

Terry Carella Portrait

Terry Carella

Director of Communications

Cooley Law School

Stella Cash Portrait

Stella Cash

Vice President of Development and Strategic Partnerships

Sparrow Hospital

April Clobes Portrait

April Clobes

President & CEO

Michigan State University Federal Credit Union

Sharon Ellis Portrait

Sharon Ellis

State ADA Compliance Director

Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget

George Orban Portrait

George Orban

Community Volunteer

Craig Mitchell Smith Portrait

Craig Mitchell Smith

Artist

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Nathon Triplett Portrait

Nathan Triplett

Political Director

Equality Michigan

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Janet Lillie

Asst. Vice President for Community Relations

MSU Office of Governmental Affairs

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Julie Pingston

Senior Vice President & COO

Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Stephen Serkaian

Executive Director, Public Affairs

Lansing Board of Water and Light

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Taylor Gast

Attorney

Foster, Swift, Collins and Smith

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Rachel Elsinga

Senior Planner of Economic Development

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

Previous Board Members

Close to 200 individuals have served as past and current board members of the Arts Council, and left their indelible hand prints on the extraordinary work that we have accomplished.

See the full list of past and current board members here.

2017-2018 Committee Assignments

If you would like to join a committee or are interested in learning more, please contact Debbie Mikula, Executive Director, at debbie@lansingarts.org.

 

Executive - Board Members Only

The executive committee of the board may exercise any powers and authority of the board in the management of the business affairs of the Corporation during the period between board meetings. They serve as the annual evaluation committee of the executive director and serve as the board development committee in the recruitment of candidates to the board. They also develop plans for annual board orientation and oversee board professional development opportunities.

Chair:  Patty Barnas

Members:   Ginny Haas, Kirk Meadows, Kathie Feldpausch

Finance 

Develop annual operational budget. Review financial policies and procedures. Provide financial oversight and address other financial issues, including investments, as needed.  

Chair:  Kathie Feldpausch 

Members:  George Orban, Ryan Lowe

Education

Support the needs of the smARTS program and Creative Exchange as necessary. Assist in advancing and promoting any other relevant educational experience, activities, and programs aligned with serving the Arts Council artists and arts organizations.  

Chair: Janet Lillie 

Members:  Hope Rollins, Michelle Word, Katrina Daniels, Alice Brinkman, Sarah Pinder, Terry Carella

Collaboration

Support the development of partnerships and collaborative relationships that position arts and culture as integral to developing creative communities. Work to build strong alliances with municipal leaders, economic development, schools, CVB, commercial associations, etc. Assist in incorporating the Cultural Economic Development plan into overall work of the Arts Council and bring focus to placemaking initiatives in the tri-counties including public art, art walks, etc.

Chair: Ginny Haas 

Members:  Tina Newhauser, Arnold Weinfeld, Michelle Carlson, Nathan Triplett,  Sam Schultz, Bill Mansfield, Becky Brewer, Michelle Rahl, Joy Walter, Kirk Meadows, Julie Pingston, Sara Wright, Elizabeth Hude

Celebration

Support the needs of the grant giving programs including the Young Creative Scholarships, the Individual Artists in the Community Grants and the Chris Clark Fellowships. Help plan and execute the fundraising events and award programs of the Arts Council.

Chair: Craig Mitchell Smith 

Members:  Jeff Magnuson, John Dale Smith, Suzanne Brouse, Stella Cash, Katrina Daniels, Megan Martin, Karen Grannemann, Nathan Triplett

Advocacy

The Arts Council is a regional leader for arts advocacy and works actively at the local, state, and national levels to assist constituents in voicing important issues regarding arts education, cultural economic development, cultural tourism and cultural issues. Assist in defining statements, making contacts locally and statewide to address issues of importance to our arts and cultural community.

Chair: George Orban 

Members:  Sarah Triplett, Dave Trumpie, Bruce Ashley, Sharon Ellis

Strategic Planning

Lead the efforts to update the 2018-2020 Strategic Plan

Chair: Patty Barnas

Members: April Clobes, Kurt Dewhurst, Josh Holliday, Rachel Elsinga, Kirk Meadows

Our Internships

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The Arts Council recognizes that on-the-job experience plays an important role in advancing the careers of arts, nonprofit, and cultural leaders. Likewise, we believe our organization benefits from the creativity and curiosity of students and young professionals who join our ranks. Our internship program takes great care to offer opportunities that make the most of those mutual goals. So read on and find out if you are a fit for us!

Where do you fit in?

Do you love art in all its vast, amazing, crazy, mind-stretching forms? Do you love creatives (painters, photographers, poets, dancers, sketchers, singers, actors, film makers, ukuleleists, Sharpieists…you get the picture)? Do you see yourself as a creative, artistic person? Do you have an interest in non-profit work? Are you a student who’s crazy about communications, fancy at photography, delightful at design?

It could be you!

If, as you read the description above, your heart got a little fluttery or you were shouting “Yes, yes, yes!” in answer to many of the questions, you may be just the person we’re looking for!

We need some smart, friendly, hard-working, energetic, skilled young creatives to help us around the Arts Council office. To be an intern you must be a college student enrolled in a degree program and available to commit to a minimum of *10 hours per week, (or up to 20 hours), for a minimum of 3 months. Our internships are unpaid, but offer a whole lot of hands-on experience and opportunity to grow your skill-set. Some of our interns have gone on to hold great positions in the non-profit sector. Only totally committed people who love the arts and enjoy working on a team need apply.

Communication INternships

Graphic Design Intern

Responsibilities:
Assist in developing marketing and branding
Help design a variety of printed materials, including banners, brochures, invitations, ads, etc.
Conceptualize and design graphics for web banners, projects, etc.
Update website content daily
Photograph various projects and events
Perform basic administrative duties, including answering phones, filing, running errands and other duties as needed

Skills:
Strong graphic design and typography skills
Solid eye for detail and composition
Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Strong multitasking and time management skills
Ability to work independently—a take it and run with it mentality
Creative thinking is a must!

NOTE: Please include samples from your portfolio or links to your work with your cover letter.

Communications and Event Intern

Responsibilities:
Contribute to overall marketing and branding vision
Continually find, group, sort, organize, and share the best and most relevant content that aligns with the Arts Council’s mission
Build and maintain local and media contact lists
Provide support to communications manager and program director as needed
Work with communications manager to find influential blogs, videos, and other content that is in alignment with our mission for posting on social media sites
Create original content (i.e. commentary, opinions, headlines) to supplement curated material
Update opportunities and calendar of events section on website on a regular basis
Create marketing materials
Create method of curating videos and other materials for social media and website
Assist communications manager in maintaining and growing the Arts Council's presence on various social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest
Perform basic administrative duties, including answering phone, mailing, running errands, and other duties as needed

Skills:
Solid writing and communication skills
Ability to work quickly and on deadline
Interest or background in marketing, PR, and/or social media
Experience or interest in journalism, researching, and writing compelling stories about people and events
Understanding of grassroots/word-of-mouth marketing
Strong online search and research skills
Ability to find new sources of content across blogs, websites, and other curation sites
Ability to read and understand monthly website statistics, such as Google Analytics
Strong multitasking, organizational and time management skills
Well-versed on current social media trends and online video scene
Creative thinking is a must!

NOTE: Please include samples from your portfolio or links to your work with your cover letter.

Photography and Videography Intern

Responsibilities:
Assist in developing a video program for promotion of the arts and the Arts Council Research and create best practices for video and photography
Photograph/video special events as needed
Photograph/video artist members and organizations
Edit video and create videos for YouTube and website
Edit photos for website
Perform basic administrative duties, including answering phone, mailing, running errands

Skills:
Experience in using video and creating videos for the web
Strong interest in video editing
Video editing experience
Digital design skills
Experience with Adobe products (Photoshop) is a plus
Ability to work in a team environment
Strong problem-solving and organizational skills
Strong multitasking and time management skills
Creative thinking is a must!

NOTE: Please include samples from your portfolio or links to your work with your cover letter. This position will start at 5 –15 hours per week. Candidate must be available for our special fundraisers and other events as needed. Hours will be negotiable based on projects etc. Could be part of the graphic design position if the candidate has strong skills in both areas.

TO APPLY: Email your resume, cover letter and other details as outlined to dawn@lansingarts.org. Please include samples from your portfolio or links to your work with your cover letter. Please put the type of internship you are applying for in the subject line and include your days/hours of availability in the cover letter.

Programming Internships

Program Intern

Responsibilities:
Work with program manager in the distribution of funding (develop contracts, set up review sessions, correspondence, manage application process through slideroom, etc.).
Research funding opportunitiesfrom local, statewide and national sources.
Invent and implement professional development workshops to enrich the knowledge of individual artists and arts administrators on current issues in the arts.
Work with communications manager to post influential blogs, videos and other content that is in alignment with our mission for posting on social media sites that is considered a funding resource to our membership base
Provide support to executive director and program manager as needed
Perform basic administrative duties, including answering phone, mailing, running errands and other duties as needed

Skills:
Solid writing and communication skills
Ability to work quickly and on deadline
Interest or background in grant programming
Strong online search and research skills
Ability to find new sources of content across blogs, websites, and other sites
Strong multitasking, organizational and time management skills
Creative thinking is a must!

NOTE: Please include samples from your portfolio or links to your work with your cover letter.

TO APPLY: Email your resume, cover letter and any other details as outlined to meghan@lansingarts.org. Please include samples from your portfolio or links to your work with your cover letter. Please put the type of internship you are applying for in the subject line and include your days/hours of availability in the cover letter.

Administration internships

Fund Development Intern

Responsibilities:
Contribute to overall fundraising vision for Arts Council including support from foundations, businesses, government, etc.
Research, create and expand database of funding deadlines, opportunities, and contacts from local, statewide and national sources
Help create and distribute sponsorship materials (letters, levels, benefits, forms) for fundraising events including A Taste of Art & Life, and Holiday Glitter
Provide follow-up by phone and email to solicit sponsorships
Work with communications manager to post influential blogs, videos and other content that is in alignment with our mission for posting on social media sites that is considered a funding resource to our membership base
Work with program manager in the distribution of funding (develop contracts, set up review sessions, correspondence, manage application process through slideroom, etc.)
Provide support to executive director and program manager as needed
Perform basic administrative duties, including answering phone, mailing, running errands and other duties as needed

Skills:
Solid writing and communication skills
Ability to work quickly and on deadline
Interest or background in fundraising
Strong online search and research skills
Ability to find new sources of content across blogs, websites, and other sites
Strong multitasking, organizational and time management skills
Creative thinking is a must!

NOTE: Please include samples from your portfolio or links to your work with your cover letter.

TO APPLY: Email your resume, cover letter and any other details as outlined to debbie@lansingarts.org. Please include samples from your portfolio or links to your work with your cover letter. Please put the type of internship you are applying for in the subject line and include your days/hours of availability in the cover letter.

Build your own

Do you have another area of interest or study that you would like to pursue? We love to get creative with our internships and could build projects in programing, fundraising, administration and other areas. Simply email us with your proposal, resume and cover letter, and we will see what we can make!