Arts Midwest is thrilled to welcome our two newest staff members: Anna Bagiackas, Board & Leadership Liaison, and Ellen Mueller, Director of Programs.
In her role supporting Arts Midwest’s executive leadership, Anna will be providing administrative support to our President & CEO and Vice President and coordinating all engagement with the Board of Directors and State Arts Agencies. Anna might be a familiar face to some—it’s because she supported the Arts Midwest Conference from 2016-2018! We’re so glad to welcome her back to our team as she returns to the Midwest.
Leading the Programs team, Ellen will direct and implement a portfolio of regional arts programs, including World Fest, We the Many, Creating Connection and other programs to be developed. Outside of the office, Ellen is an artist working in a variety of media, and a published writer.
We’re so excited to get to work with Anna and Ellen!
Board & Leadership Liaison
Anna Bagiackas grew up in Minnesota and Wisconsin, immersed in the music and arts scene of the Twin Cities. She spent the last four years living in Germany and while she loved traveling throughout Europe, she is excited to be returning to the Midwest. Prior to this role, Anna worked as a writer and editor for Stars and Stripes Europe and various Twin Cities publications. She also supported the Arts Midwest Conference and worked in a number of arts organizations in the Twin Cities, including the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, JazzMN Orchestra, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Minnesota Orchestra, Park Square Theatre, and Macalester College’s Music Department. Anna earned a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. She also earned a graduate certificate in editing from the University of Chicago.
Director of Programs
Ellen Mueller (she/her) lives and works in Minneapolis, Mni Sota Makoce (Minnesota), on Dakota and Anishinaabe land. Ellen has a 10+ year background in teaching in higher education, as well as program and department management. She also works as a freelance artist-career coach, with over 10 years of experience. As an artist, her creative work examines how capitalist systems affect everyday living, with particular focus on issues related to the environment, hyperactive news media, and corporate management systems. Media range from drawing, collage, and sculpture, to video, zines, and social practices. Ellen has published three books: Elements and Principles of 4D Art and Design (2016, Oxford University Press), Remixing and Drawing: Sources, Influences, Styles (2018, Routledge Focus), and Some Social Practice (2020, Creative Commons). Currently, she is under contract with SUNY Press for a forthcoming book, Walking as Artistic Practice (expected 2023).