New year, new faces at Arts Midwest

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As a small arts organization with many long-tenured staff, it’s not often that we have the opportunity to welcome new staff members into the Arts Midwest family.

The fall of 2017 was a time of significant change for Arts Midwest. When Susan Chandler departed from her position as Vice President after 31 years at Arts Midwest, our sadness was mixed with excitement for the future of Arts Midwest. Several staff members were promoted to leadership positions and we opened searches for a few new positions.

The process of hiring kept us busy, but we couldn’t be happier with the results. We are energized by and excited about the fresh perspectives and new ideas our three newest staff members bring to our work.

Luke RivardLuke Rivard joined the International Initiatives team as a part-time program associate in early November 2017. He brings experience as a musician and freelance teaching artist to his work in the department, primarily supporting both Arts Midwest World Fest and Folkefest. Luke graduated from Lawrence University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music.

Olivia Volkman-JohnsonOlivia Volkman-Johnson is our newest staff member, having joined our team as the Administrative Assistant in early December. She brings excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and enthusiasm for learning to her multi-faceted role. Olivia graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications just days before her first day at Arts Midwest.

Julie ZhouJulie Zhou began her time as a program assistant for NEA Big Read in late November and has already demonstrated that her experience as a writer and passion for literature make her an excellent fit for the position. Julie is already known on staff for her incredible baked goods, which have quickly become a highlight of Arts Midwest staff gatherings. Julie graduated from Carleton College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English.

Please join us in welcoming Luke, Olivia, and Julie to our staff!

Photos by Joshua Feist