Anna Ostendorf, Program Director
I have always been involved in creative activities to my parents’ delight and occasional dismay, depending on where I decided to make my mark. Fortunately, I have learned to direct my creative impulses in appropriate manners over the years (and when I color on my own walls no one minds.) I hold a BA degree from the University of Minnesota in Religious Studies with a minor in Cultural Anthropology. In both areas I am fascinated by the ways in which people express themselves and their beliefs through art.
I have worked with multiple nonprofits as a volunteer, staff, and board member since 2002. I am thrilled to get to work with ArtReach to make Red Wing a more vibrant place! I am passionate about art, animals, travel, and making my community a place I’m proud to call home.
ArtReach 2017 Board of Directors
Kristin Kraabel, Board President
I was raised in Red Wing with a culture of an Art Community. In high school I struggled with “fitting in” but the place I found peace was the art studio. I spent all my free time cleaning, wedging clay or working on a project; my art teacher is one of my heroes.
I graduated from Mankato State University in 2003 with a BS in Social Work/Corrections. After graduation as a child advocate I often used art as a way to make children comfortable and to teach lessons. In my current job there is no room for art but I participate daily in Mommy art (which means adding art to everything we do whether it is creatively painting finger nails or building snow men that turn into a snow landscape).
I loved going to ArtReach classes and taking my daughters to classes. My youngest daughter started volunteering with ArtReach (at age 8) after she accompanied me to an Adult Pinned class and was assisting the adult women in how to do their project. I volunteered as I could and after a year I wanted to do more. So, I jumped on the board and have had so so much fun teaching Free Art Days and being part of the culture of art in my town.
Kristin Bray, Vice President
I have the best job in the world. I am a high school art teacher. I look forward to going to work each day, because each day is different and fun and full of creativity and growth. Art is a wonderful learning tool, a safe escape mechanism and it opens so many amazing doors for people. I have been an art teacher for 5 years, 4 of those in Red Wing. I have had the amazing opportunity to be involved with Art Reach since I moved to town 5 years ago. The mission of Art Reach is very much the same mission I have in my classroom: I want everyone, regardless of income, age, health, natural talent, or life experiences, to be able to experience growth through the art process, regardless of what the end product is. I so enjoy my time at Art Reach because I am given the opportunity to both meet new people through art and to also connect my high school students to others in the community through art.
I’ve seen amazing things happen through the universal language of art, and I think that is exactly what Art Reach is all about.
Emily Nelson, Secretary-Treasurer
Growing up in Red Wing, I was very inspired by the creative and artistic leaders in our community. I attended Red Wing High School and benefited from the quality instruction that I received from the teachers in its strong art department. These teachers paved the way for my creative side and taught me how to view and experience the world through an artistic lens.
During the day I am a teacher in the Red Wing School District; I am licensed in k-6 Elementary Education, but am currently teaching 5-12 grade English Language learners. Through ArtReach I am able witness healing and joy every day, and I am proud to be part of such a wonderful organization committed to investing in the social good of our community.
I became a volunteer superstar the first day I stepped into ArtReach in 2009, and I have been one ever since. ArtReach is a precious gem to me. It has been one of the key ingredients for making Red Wing my home.
Throughout my life I have experienced the power that art has to transform, empower, and heal. It’s my personal belief that everyone deserves to have the opportunity, freedom, and space to create freely. I currently run a weekly open studio for adults and teens that meets at ArtReach on Tuesdays evenings. I feel very privileged to serve as a board member in this relevant and meaningful organization.