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Joshua Feist

Program Director, Big Read
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Joshua started at Arts Midwest in 2008 as an administrative assistant and somehow managed to earn the trust of the organization to assume the responsibilities and title he currently holds. As Program Director for NEA Big Read, Josh works collaboratively with the National Endowment for the Arts as well as nonprofits and libraries around the nation to deliver engaging one-book, one-community programs.

Pronouns: he/him/his

Areas of Expertise

Art history, community-wide arts programming, emergency medicine, event planning, grants administration, photography/videography, project management, Salesforce database administration/setup/automation, stage management, Star Trek

Recent Publications

Storytelling in Puerto Rico (Arts Midwest)
Arts Midwest visits the St. Croix Valley: Part 1 (Arts Midwest)
Oh, the Places You’ll Go: Library Conference Edition (Arts Midwest)

Artistic Practice

In his artistic life, Josh photographs events, performances, and people as a freelance photographer. You can typically find him capturing images at the annual Arts Midwest Conference. See some of his proudest work at JFeistPhotography.com


Josh earned his M.A. in art history at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN, and earned a B.A. in art history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He is also a certified EMT and holds a license from the state of Minnesota.

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