Weavers Guild of Minnesota Staff
Beth Bowman, Executive Director
WGM Role: Strategic Plan, Advancement: Marketing and Communications, Operations, Management
Beth is an arts and culture leadership professional with over 20 years of experience. She has worked with many arts and culture organizations including: Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, The Soap Factory, Artspace Projects, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, The Hippodrome State Theatre and The Children’s Museum of Minnesota. She is currently a mentor in the Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (LOTT) Fellows Program. She currently serves as a board member with The Goldstein Museum of Design and has previously served on the Givens Foundation for African American Literature and The Cycling Museum of Minnesota boards. Beth was President of the Board of Directors for The University of Minnesota College of Design as well as The College of Visual Arts Alumni Board. She has served in a committee/advisory capacity for The Minnesota Orchestra, The Cedar Cultural Center, The Minnesota State Arts Board and DOCOMOMO MN. She has led panels and projects with Art Basel Switzerland, American Craft Council, The Walker Art Center, Metropolitan Council, SooVac and Springboard for the Arts. She was a media delegate for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in 2014. She holds two graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota.
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Karin Knudsen, Guild Coordinator
WGM Role: Fiber Source Store, In-kind Donations, Guild Membership, Guild Services and Activities
Karin has extensive experience working with stakeholders, managing projects and writing content for non-profits. Her background is in arts administration as both an artist and a facilitator, and retail management. Her expertise is writing and communication with a focus on crafting engaging, clear content and creating teaching materials. Karin holds a Master’s Degree in Anthropology. She is a practicing fiber artist, specializing in katazome, a Japanese surface design technique which she teaches, and is also a weaver and indigo-dyer.
Kristen Stoeckeler, Education Coordinator
WGM Role: Education Programming, Workshops, Equipment/Space Rentals
Kristen’s work has been to engage the public with arts and media to foster public space, encourage critical thinking, and promote social justice. Working most recently in arts education, Kristen has served as both an educational program coordinator in the nonprofit sector and as an educator. A PhD candidate in Theatre History and Performance Studies, she specializes in adult education and pedagogy and has taught extensively at the undergraduate level. A performing artist by training, she also has expertise in writing and content creation for curriculum development, marketing materials, grantwriting, audiovisual production, and academic research. She is currently serving as a board member for Zenon Dance Company and School.
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