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BOARD CANDIDATES (Part 2)

05 December 2021 1:49 PM | jess hirsch (Administrator)


TERESA AUDET (she/her) 

Teresa Audet is an artist from Minneapolis working in wood, fiber arts, and basketry. Audet holds a BFA in Furniture Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has studied at the Mount Fuji School of Fine Woodworking in Yamanashi, Japan. Currently, she is working towards an MFA in Woodworking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Audet has had numerous exhibitions, residencies, and taught classes at craft schools nationwide, including Fireweed, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Arrowmont School of Crafts.

INTERESTED IN

Fundraising SUPPORT: grant writing, event planning

Fundraising INTERFACE: organizing events and attending, developing relationships

Partnerships: seeking out community partners for collaboration (sharing space, hosting/conducting classes/demos/panels, new community members, etc)

Education: instructor relationships, supporting education coordinator, thinking about other future staff roles

Education: student focus, developing tracks for classes and certificate programs, virtual programs and resources

Volunteer organization: helping bring in and organize volunteers for in the shop, for events, for social media/outreach

Event organizing: support role (food, decor, cleaning/prep/take down).

Woodworking/craft/powertool experience, ability to assist with open shop or tool upkeep (this is not a board responsibility, but board members could help with open shops in the future)

DRAW TO FIREWEED

I would love to see Fireweed have a larger reach and be able to connect with some similar organizations around the country!

WOODWORKING EXPERIENCE

have taken woodshop classes (at Women's Woodshop/Fireweed, other folk schools, shop classes in school, etc)

traditional hand-craft (spoons, basketry, woodblock printing, shaving horses, etc)

carpentry/handy-person vocational work

powertools

lathes (bowl turning etc)

sculpture

Other:

furniture, boxes, joinery, hand tools

BOARD EXPERIENCE

Has been on a board as a staff representative

MEERA BHAT (she/her; they/them)

Meera Bhat (she/her; they/them) lives in South Minneapolis, a settler on Dakota land.  She works as the Global Director for Equitable Conservation at The Nature Conservancy, centering racial, gender and socioeconomic equity in environmental conservation work across over 70 countries. She partners with BIPOC-led organizations across the country and the globe in service of climate, environmental and community well-being. Previously she worked as a program manager at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, researching the ecology of infectious diseases in diverse settings such as South America, Western and Sub-Saharan Africa, the southwestern United States and Manhattan. An advocate for urban agriculture and community access to vacant land in New York City since 2010, including helping to found a community garden and serving on the (working) board of the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust for four years, the last two as Vice President, Meera worked with communities to support the historical legacies of BIPOC and immigrant gardeners, ensuring that public open space was available to all. They've studied math, molecular and computational biology and urban planning at various institutions across the country. 

INTERESTED IN

Finance (creating a budget, accounting responsibilities, understanding the financial health and goals of the organization)

Fundraising SUPPORT: grant writing, event planning

Fundraising INTERFACE: organizing events and attending, developing relationships

Research: delving into ways other similar or connected organizations work, looking into cooperative models, etc.

Event organizing: support role (food, decor, cleaning/prep/take down).

Leadership in meetings or at events (do you like keeping folks on task?)

DRAW TO FIREWEED

I took a power tools for BIPOC folks pre-pandemic and feel like a friend and supporter of the woodshop! Board service is important to me and I'd love to help Fireweed as it evolves and grows into its next stages.

WOODWORKING EXPERIENCE

Has taken a class at Fireweed

BOARD EXPERIENCE

Has been on a board as a member and vice president


LIESL CHATMAN (any pronoun)

Liesl believes that craft nucleates community and connection. She currently serves as the director of the IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, Leadership) center at the Science Museum of Minnesota. IDEAL is a  principle-based group that recognizes all of us as change agents and our relationships with each other as the most valuable resource for change. As a queer professional woman in science education, Liesl has a decades-long interest and work in gender equity and the intersections between racism, classism , and patriarchy. Now as she nears retirement, she's thinking more about ableism, strength, mobility, eyesight, accommodations, and interdependence in conversations around inclusivity and access. Liesl is a spoon carver and kolroser and has taught both at Fireweed and North House Folk school. She dreams of a mycelium model for Fireweed—that our work will inspire and support other marginalized woodworkers, craftspeople and makers to create space within their own communities. 

DRAW TO FIREWEED

I have been an instructor and a fan.  As a queer professional woman in science education, I have a decades-long interest and work in gender equity and dismantling patriarchy.  As I get older (I'm almost 63) I'm also thinking a lot about ableism, strength, mobility, eyesight, accommodations, and interdependence.  I've been a greenwoodworker for about 10 years. As a board member, I feel I could really contribute to Fireweed, an organization that I believe in.

INTERESTED IN

Finance (creating a budget, accounting responsibilities, understanding the financial health and goals of the organization)

Fundraising SUPPORT: grant writing, event planning

Fundraising INTERFACE: organizing events and attending, developing relationships

Partnerships: seeking out community partners for collaboration (sharing space, hosting/conducting classes/demos/panels, new community members, etc)

Education: instructor relationships, supporting education coordinator, thinking about other future staff roles

Education: student focus, developing tracks for classes and certificate programs, virtual programs and resources

Staff/HR: developing policies and helping develop processes around hiring (in general and for specific staff needs in the near future)

Research: delving into ways other similar or connected organizations work, looking into cooperative models, etc.

Event organizing: coordinating people, places and outreach for member events, holiday sales, volunteer events, craft hangs, etc (community building focus, could also tie into fundraising).

Leadership in meetings or at events (do you like keeping folks on task?)

Woodworking/craft/powertool experience, ability to assist with open shop or tool upkeep (this is not a board responsibility, but board members could help with open shops in the future)

Instructor: are you interested in potentially instructing workshops or courses in the future, leading a craft hang, or gaining skills to do so?

Other:   Organizational work in equity

CHANGES/IDEAS

I am open to many creative ideas—but one idea I have dreamed of for several years now is something like a Craft Vardo.  A Vardo is a handmade trailer; I imagine one that is magical with handwork.  I see the side of it opening out into a stage like structure/work space. It could also the the back that opens up.   It could go from park to park, school to school, community to community setting up chopping blocks, knitting circles, birchbark weaving— the craft could be endless—and sharing craft and stories in circle. I think this might a very fundable idea and create a lot of community, bringing tools and equipment and people into communities and co creating what happens in this mobile space

RELATIONSHIP TO CRAFT

have taken woodshop classes (at Women's Woodshop/Fireweed, other folk schools, shop classes in school, etc)

traditional hand-craft (spoons, basketry, woodblock printing, shaving horses, etc)

Other: working with craft instructors on the craft of teaching

BOARD EXPERIENCE

Has been on multiple boards

GWEN COMINGS (they/them)

Gwen Comings is a Minneapolis based artist working mainly in sculpture. They also have an interest in woodworking and making functional objects, specifically bandsaw boxes and spoon carving.They received their BFA in Painting and Drawing from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2009 and their MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. While at UPenn they taught the introductory course Sculpture Practices and served as the Welding Lab Technician. This experience underlined the importance of inclusivity in shop environments and trans visibility in the arts. 

They have previously been awarded the Jerome Emerging Printmakers Residency at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis, MN and a residency and fellowship at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. After living in Philadelphia for six years, Gwen returned to the Twin Cities in the summer of 2021 and is eager to become involved in the art and maker communities here. Currently, they work as the Art and Art History Department Coordinator at Macalester College. 

INTERESTED IN

Finance

Education

Staff/HR

Fabrication

Marketing/social media outreach

Research

Event organizing: coordinating and support

Leadership in meetings or at events

Woodworking/craft/powertool experience, open shop

Interested in becoming an instructor eventually

CHANGES/IDEAS

"I am interested in the possibility of expanding Fireweed's retail shop and using this avenue to expand scholarship support for both classes and membership. I am also interested in bringing in more visiting artists/craftspeople for demos and lectures and introducing more classes that support craftspeople's business skills. I think it could be exciting to establish some sort of presence at crafts fairs where Fireweed took care of the overhead cost and members sold their work. In general, I am very excited for the opportunity to brainstorm with other members of the board about future initiatives!"


Vision for the shop: "As a trans nonbinary sculptor and craftsperson and someone who has experienced unwelcoming and discriminatory shop environments, I am personally dedicated to Fireweed's mission. Currently I work as the dept coordinator for Art and Art History at Macalester College. I have previously worked at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Tyler School of Art and Architecture (Philadelphia). I plan to use these local and national connections (and my personal passion for inclusivity in shop spaces) to spread the word about Fireweed and recruit instructors, students, visiting artists, and supporters. "



KATIE REHANI (she/her) 

Prior to moving back to Minneapolis a few years ago, Katie had the opportunity to live, work, and travel to various places across the country and world. During this time, Katie was largely immersed in teaching, wilderness, and therapeutic environments, finding joy in the self-discovery and autonomy of these experiences. Cultivating community was integral to her success in these spaces, and craft-making provided a great platform for building connection with others. 


Katie currently works at YWCA Minneapolis as a youth program director. She brings a wealth of knowledge in program design and implementation, organizational sustainability, and curriculum development/implementation. At this point in time, Katie is personally drawn to the practical side of woodworking as it allows her to work with her hands and stretches her brain in creative ways.


INTERESTED IN

Finance (creating a budget, accounting responsibilities, understanding the financial health and goals of the organization)

Fundraising SUPPORT: grant writing, event planning

Fundraising INTERFACE: organizing events and attending, developing relationships

Partnerships: seeking out community partners for collaboration (sharing space, hosting/conducting classes/demos/panels, new community members, etc)

Education: instructor relationships, supporting education coordinator, thinking about other future staff roles

Education: student focus, developing tracks for classes and certificate programs, virtual programs and resources

Volunteer organization: helping bring in and organize volunteers for in the shop, for events, for social media/outreach

Staff/HR: developing policies and helping develop processes around hiring (in general and for specific staff needs in the near future)

Research: delving into ways other similar or connected organizations work, looking into cooperative models, etc.

Event organizing: coordinating people, places and outreach for member events, holiday sales, volunteer events, craft hangs, etc (community building focus, could also tie into fundraising).

Event organizing: support role (food, decor, cleaning/prep/take down).

Leadership in meetings or at events (do you like keeping folks on task?)

Other: In my work, I regularly review, edit, and contribute to grants, but have not fully written or led a grant process.

CHANGES/IDEAS

My experience is in youth development and I have seen the demand of craft and carpentry classes. I am interested in creating youth program opportunities that expand beyond a shop to schools and/or community organizations. There also seems to be a collaboration potential between Fireweed and youth employment that would be interesting to explore.

EXPERIENCE TO CRAFT

curious! no hands-on experience

traditional hand-craft (spoons, basketry, woodblock printing, shaving horses, etc)

Other: I have recently enjoyed learning how to refinish furniture. I would also add that for the above, my experience is informal. I have carved multiple spoons and have used a handful of power tools

BOARD EXPERIENCE

Currently a member of the Hennepin County Extension Committee.



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