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Michael Johnson

Community Engagement Manager
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Michael Johnson manages community engagement programs and supports operations for Creating Connection, a national social change initiative that leverages the relationship between existing public values and arts and culture. Prior to joining Arts Midwest, Michael worked for six years in the non-profit and higher education sectors.

Recent Publications

Family Farms Weave Connections Through Barn Quilts (Creating Connection)
Tackling Health Inequities Through Creativity (Creating Connection)

Creative Ventures

Outside of Arts Midwest, Michael paints in his Minneapolis studio and serves his creative community. Michael is on the board of the Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association and is a teaching artist for Big Brothers Big Sisters. He launched and directed Creative St. Paul, and has showcased work for Made Here and Art Shanty Projects. For more information about Michael’s art, visit his website or listen to an interview about his work.


Michael earned his MA in Arts and Cultural Management from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and earned a BA in Politics and Studio Art from Cornell College.

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