Arts Wisconsin welcomes new board members

Arts Wisconsin welcomes Angela Allen of Milwaukee, Beth Dary of Kenosha and Emily Goretski of Madison to the Board of Directors, for a term of three years each beginning in July 2017.  The Board of Directors, representing the breadth and range of Wisconsin’s multi-faceted arts and creative community, guides and advances Arts Wisconsin’s mission of civic engagement through the arts and creativity for everyone, everywhere in the state, and advancing the arts as essential components of Wisconsin’s economic, educational and civic success.

  • Angela Allen, PhD., Milwaukee, is the Director of the Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Program with Milwaukee County UW-Extension.  She has been both a local and national community program coordinator and community educator in city and neighborhood planning, digital media arts, and education. Education has been central to Angie’s sustained community development efforts, emphasizing resident engagement, capacity building, and community-institutional partnerships.    A native of Detroit, she holds degrees from University of Michigan and Michigan State University.  Angie is currently working with the Kettering Foundation on a national “Urban Issues” guide to community and economic development and placemaking.
  • Beth Dary, Kenosha, is currently the Executive Director of Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace in Kenosha Wisconsin. Her affiliation with Lemon Street Gallery began in 2005 as an artist member, specializing in textile arts. Through the years she has served on the Management Council, Board of Directors, the ceramics instructor to middle school students as part of an afterschool program and as a Gallery Associate. Accomplishments include fundraising events that challenge community leaders to experience art-making while raising money for new and emerging artist’s membership program. Beth recently served on the steering committee that worked with the Bolz Center for Arts Administration and the City of Kenosha Commission on the Arts to produce the Kenosha Creative Economy Strategic Plan for the City. Her previous careers both as an artist and an internal auditor in the financial industry provide a unique perspective on the Arts as an economic force and as a vital component to establishing creative problem solvers in our future generations.
  • Emily Goretski, Madison, is the Programming and Community Engagement Coordinator at the Overture Center for the Arts in downtown Madison.  She is responsible for executing and negotiating contracts for all season events as well as coordinating artist services including: payment, lodging, transportation, catering, and outreach events. She also manages the MadCity Sessions, a free local concert series, and a community talent search program, Overture’s Rising Stars.   Emily is a graduate of UW-Stevens Point with a major in Arts Management and Spanish and a minor in Communication.  She began as an intern at the Overture Center in 2015 and has remained there since. Emily loves working in programming because no day is the same and it plays to her hyper-organized and creative nature. She enjoys collaborating with artists, agents, community members, and her incredible colleagues.  In her free time, Emily enjoys film, literary and visual art, playing Frisbee, rollerblading, and baking. This is her first time serving on a board of directors, and she is excited to help realize the mission and vision of Arts Wisconsin.

The new board members join current 2017-2018 board members:

  • Ann Huntoon, Director, Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, Stevens Point President
  • Melinda Childs, Development Director, Artstart, Rhinelander Vice President
  • Jenny Toutant, Director of Education, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Secretary
  • Megan Kulick, Mineral Point
  • Debra Lewis, Mayor, City of Ashland, Ashland
  • Lu Lippold, writer and filmmaker, Pepin
  • Christopher Naumann, architect, Green Bay
  • Ben Richgruber, Director, Eau Claire Regional Arts Council, Eau Claire
  • Melanie Tallmadge Sainz, Director, Little Eagle Arts Foundation, Wisconsin Dells
  • Jennifer Stephany, Director, Appleton Downtown, Appleton.

Arts Wisconsin said goodbye and thanks to retiring board members:

  • Daniel Goscha, Madison
  • Kate Rericha, Sturgeon Bay
  • Taeli Turner, Madison

Arts Wisconsin is Wisconsin’s community cultural development organization and the leading independent multi-disciplinary arts organization working for and speaking up for the arts, arts education and creative economy statewide.  Since its founding in 1992, Arts Wisconsin has provided advocacy, professional development, management and leadership services, communication and visibility, and resources and tools to people, organizations and communities making the arts happen throughout Wisconsin.

For more information on the arts in Wisconsin and Arts Wisconsin, contact Anne Katz, Executive Director, at 608 255 8316 / |