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Our Staff

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Deborah Mikula
Deborah Mikula
Executive Director
debbie@lansingarts.org
(517)853-7581
Meghan Martin
Meghan Martin
Program Manager
meghan@lansingarts.org
(517)853-7582
Dawn Gorman
Dawn Gorman
Communication & Events Manager
dawn@lansingarts.org
(517)853-7584
Taylor Rupp
Taylor Rupp
Administrative Assistant, Arts Night Out Coordinator & Artists-in-Residence Coordinator
taylor@lansingarts.org
(517)853-7580
Ryan Logan
Ryan Logan
Graphic Designer
ryan@lansingarts.org
(517)853-7583

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.

2018-2019 Board Members

Patty Lloyd Barnas,
Patty Lloyd Barnas,
President
Market President, Lansing
First National Bank of Michigan
See the full list of past and current board members here.
Rachel Elsinga,
Rachel Elsinga,
Secretary
Senior Planner of Economic Development
Tri-County Regional Planning Commission
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Kathie Feldpausch,
Kathie Feldpausch,
Treasurer
Senior Vice President & CFO
Michigan Realtors
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Kristin Beltzer
Kristin Beltzer
Director of Appointments
Office of Governor Rick Snyder
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Stella Cash
Stella Cash
Vice President to the Provost
Michigan State University
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April Clobes
April Clobes
President & CEO
Michigan State University Federal Credit Union
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Taylor Gast
Taylor Gast
Attorney
Foster, Swift, Collins and Smith
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Christopher Harkins
Christopher Harkins
Senior Policy Advisor, Government Relations
Jackson National Life
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Janet Lillie
Janet Lillie
Asst. Vice President for Community Relations
MSU Office of Governmental Affairs
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Julie Pingston
Julie Pingston
Senior Vice President & COO
Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Lolo Robison
Lolo Robison
Director of Marketing
Capital Area Transportation Authority
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Stephen Serkaian
Stephen Serkaian
Executive Director, Public Affairs
Lansing Board of Water and Light
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Nathan Triplett
Nathan Triplett
Democratic Legal Counsel
Michigan House of Representatives
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Ashlee Willis
Ashlee Willis
Founder and Host
Lansing Mosaic
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Previous Board Members
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.

2018-2019 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:   Rachel Elsinga, Kirk Meadows, Kathie Feldpausch

Collaboration

Support the development of partnerships and collaborative relationships that position arts and culture as integral to developing creative communities.  

Chair: Julie Pingston

Members: Rachel Elsinga, Tina Newhauser, Arnold Weinfeld, Michelle Carlson, Sam Schultz, Joy Walter, Kirk Meadows, Michelle Rahl, Elizabeth Hude, Nathan Triplett

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

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

Fund Development

The Fund Development Committee helps the Board carry out its due diligence function related to assuring fiscal health through philanthropy and fund development.  

Chair: Steve Serkaian 

Members:  Kathie Feldpausch, Kirk Meadows, Taylor Gast, Stella Cash, Chris Harkins, Rachel Elsinga

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, Julie Pingston, Kristin Beltzer, Patty Barnas

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.

Hear what our interns have to say!

Nick Perialis, public relations intern 2018

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!