Driftless Art Collective is currently a Board Run organization. Our Board is composed of volunteers from the region who support our operations by providing insight, advice, valuable time, and consideration to make what we do possible.
As an organization, we feel we can support the region by having a healthy nonprofit business. We are run by a volunteer board and our board members cross the spectrum of artists and do-ers in the community. We rely on their efforts as well as the advice and support of industry professionals, and to support of the communities we serve through:
- Fiscal Sponsorship
- Advocacy & Education
- Leadership & Sustainability
- Membership Community.
Our current board
Acting President/Treasurer, 2015 – 2017
Board since 2013
Laurie owns and operates Crave Dance studio in downtown Decorah. A dancer herself, she has also worked with dance studios, teaching and administrating for over a decade.
Vice President 2016-2017
Jenni serves as Co-Director of ArtHaus with her husband Eric. Prior to moving to Decorah, she lived in eastern Nebraska, initially pursuing an MFA in Ceramics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln followed by a career as a studio artist and the Education Director at LUX Center for the Arts. In 2010, she become the Executive Director of the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, an artist residency program for visual artists, writers, and composers from across the country and around the world. Jenni maintains an active studio practice creating handmade functional pottery which is sold at venues throughout the United States, and travels often teaching clay-based workshops and presenting lectures on professional practices in the arts.
Christy Ebert Vrtis
Decorah filmmaker and film scholar, Christy is the director for the Oneota Film Festival. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts and psychology from Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) as well as a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Oregon in Eugene. Prior to moving to Decorah, Christy taught film and composition classes at the University of Oregon. Her work history also includes stints as an event services manager and event supervisor at the University of Oregon’s Erb Memorial Union and a production assistant at the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts in Eugene.
Board of Directors, 2014 –
Board of Directors, 2016 –
Board of Directors, 2016 –
Interested in joining our Board?
As a Full Board, we meet quarterly, and our Executive Board (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) meet between these to work out the nitty gritty.
Our defacto Board also includes representatives from our Fiscal Projects. Please email us if you’d like to discuss being a part of our team, or visit the Support page for other ways to get involved.