Our Staff At Great River Arts is dedicated to providing the community with a variety of arts experiences. If you'd like to help us, check out our volunteer opportunities.
Michelle Kiley, Interim Executive Director
As an experienced community development professional and emerging creative placemaker/public artist, Michelle seeks to curate people inspired spaces. Her work results in collaborative and customized concepts (temporary or fixed) for a public space(s). Michelle holds a B.A. in Local and Urban Affairs and an M.S. in Tourism, Planning, and Development from St. Cloud State University. In 2017, she was selected as one of twenty individuals across the state, to participate in the “Emerging Public Artist” workshop - hosted by Forecast for Public Art. In addition, she is an alumna of the 2018 “Teaching Artist Roster Program,” offered through the Central Minnesota Arts Board (CMAB).
MATT DUCKETT, Education and exhibitions Coordinator
Matt Duckett is a painter and musician. His paintings explore traditional lifestyles and musical subcultures throughout the Midwest and around the world. He has recorded Scandinavian cultural legacies in rural Wisconsin, and spent a number of years investigating the interplay of heritage and hardship in Chicago's unique Irish music scene, where Irish immigrant and Irish American experiences overlap in intriguing discourse. Recently, he spent a number of months traveling to remote tribal villages and disaster-stricken refugee communities the Philippines, examining issues displacement and identity.
Duckett’s work has exhibited across the United States and internationally, in galleries including the Salmagundi Club in New York City and Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ. His work has been featured in national publications including Fine Art Connoisseur and Poets & Artists.
Duckett has been passionately involved in developing arts communities in the various places he's lived, working with a variety of non-profits, artist incubators and state and local arts boards to foster arts and education.
Sarah Sindelar, Program & Events Assistant
Sarah Sindelar was born in Aitkin, MN and raised in Cedar Rapids, IA. She graduated from Luther College in Decorah, IA before receiving her licensure in massage therapy at Carlson College of Massage Therapy. She currently practices out of Luxe Salon & Boutique.
Passionate about movement arts, outdoor education and creative expression, Sarah worked as an Outdoor Recreation Program Coordinator at Luther College organizing immersive experiences for college students.
Sarah is thrilled to be a part of Great River Arts and loves the variety of classes, concerts and community engagement that make this location a linchpin in Little Falls.
Mark Slupe, Great River Television Station Manager
After a successful career as a photojournalist, Slupe looks forward to his role as Station Manager for Great River Television. A native Minnesotan, he was born, raised and educated in Windom. More recently he graduated from Central Lakes College’s Videography program. Slupe enjoys an outdoors lifestyle which includes camping, fishing, cross-country skiing and he dreams of traveling the world someday.
Leah Kingsley, Events and Communication Coordinator
Leah Kingsley was born in Aitkin, MN and raised in Central Minnesota. She has also lived in New York. She received a Certificate of Latin American Studies at Central Lakes College, where she also received her Associates degree. She then transferred to St. Cloud State University, where she recently graduated with a BFA in Art History and a minor in Graphic Design. Additionally, she works in women's advocacy and is very interested how feminism and art intersect. Leah also enjoys traveling, reading, and learning other languages (currently Spanish & French), and finding a new coffee shop to try.
The Great River Arts Board of Directors volunteer their time and expertise to support creativity in our community.
Mark Gerbi, President
Neree Jackson, Vice President
Ron Bieganek, Treasurer
Michelle Kiley, Secretary (currently on a six month leave of absence)