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Staff and Board Members

ArtFest Midwest is a coordinated effort of staff, board, sponsors and volunteers. Meet the members behind the festival.

ArtFest Midwest Staff

Virginia Barrette


Britney Appelgate

Volunteer Coordinator

Natasha Shipp

Volunteer Coordinator

Hannah Toresdahl

Communications Coordinator

Kasi Krehbiel

Finance & Logistics Coordinator

Deb Stearns

Research Lead

Hannah Gebhart

Assistant Director

Jackie Norris

Fundraising & Sponsorship Coordinator

ArtFest Midwest Foundation Board of Directors

The ArtFest Midwest Foundation is a local non-profit organization that is being established to award grants to local emerging artists and to improve access to related programming – all through the ArtFest Midwest event. If you're interested in joining the board, please contact Jackie Norris at

Jackie Norris, President of the Board

Robyn Mills, Public Policy Director, Iowa Alzheimer’s Association

Shana Rainey, Artist and Owner of Winged Goddess Studio

Jen Lawler, Artist and Owner of Jen Lawler Designs

Tyler Coe, Attorney at Dentons Davis Brown

Alicia Velasquez, Artist and Owner of The House of DOTŁ’IZHI

Vincent Lewis, Artist and Owner of Woodworks by Vincent

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