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New year, new team members!

We’re getting off to a great start this year by welcoming two amazing new staff members to the Arts Midwest team!


Katie Ortman (left) and Carlianne Hayes (right). Photo by Billy Keefe.

Katie Ortman joins us as a program associate for international initiatives, a role that will allow her to pursue her passion for international artistic programming. She brings an impressive breadth of experience from her position as grants and research coordinator at Des Moines Arts Center and her previous position Des Moines Social Club, where she oversaw artistic programming ranging from performance, visual art, and educational offerings. Katie is returning to the Twin Cities after living in Des Moines for several years following her graduation from Drake University, where she majored in English.

Carlianne Hayes is our new part-time administrative associate, and she will provide support to both Torrie Allen and Adam Perry. She previously held an administrative assistant position at Lauren Property Management while she worked toward her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota. In addition to her work with us, she also teaches voice lessons, coaches a high school tennis team, and is even a certified yoga instructor as well. Talk about a diverse skillset!