Meet Our Staff

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Liz Greenbaum, Founding Executive Director. Liz has been working with artists/instructors creating classes since founding Articulture in 2000. For ten previous years, she was curator of Bloomington Art Center; and seven of those years as education coordinator she created programming, hired, and worked with instructors. Previous to that she worked at FORECAST Public Artworks and as an arts educator. Greenbaum received her BFA from Michigan State University, postgraduate teaching certification from Eastern Michigan University and her MA in Arts Administration from St. Mary’s University of MN.



Lisa Cole, Registrar and Administrative Coordinator. Lisa is a recent graduate from St. Olaf College with a degree in studio art and a concentration in gender studies. After working as a summer intern and teaching art camps at Articulture, she returned in fall 2015 to work in the office. Lisa loves exploring different mediums in her work including photography, watercolor, bronze, and printmaking.


Katie Burns, Development Director. Katie began working with Articulture in 2013 through a partnership project while she was coordinating an arts program through a local non-profit that serves adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses. The partnership focused on bringing arts and healing classes in a safe and supportive environment to the participants who often are not able to access the arts due to challenges related to their illness. The partnership was wonderfully successful and Katie continued to work with Articulture as a volunteer development coordinator and grant writer during 2015.

As a result of a grant award from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council in 2016, Articulture was able to bring Katie on as a part time staff member for development and grants work. Katie’s leadership in the area program coordination and development will support the mission and vision of Articulture through her continued grant writing and relationship building with other local partner organizations. Katie shares the strong belief with Articulture that the arts should be accessible to all regardless of ability, age or socioeconomic background. She believes that art help to give someone a voice, an outlet and an opportunity to grow in ways they hadn’t thought possible.

Katie came to Articulture with more than 8 years of experience in environmental education from The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. She has experience in event planning, project development, grant writing, outreach program management and volunteer program management in the non-profit sector. Her passion for bringing the arts to the community at large was realized through her arts program coordination work at a local Twin Cities non-profit where more than 400 local artists living with a mental health diagnosis were engaged in workshops, classes and a public art show. She successfully planned and curated two public art shows in St Paul which successfully shared more than 1,000 pieces of original artwork created by local artists who live with a mental health diagnosis. In her past life Katie enjoyed 6 years of conservation and population medicine field research working with local, state and federal agencies with project focus on grassland bird species distribution and habitat preference in South Dakota, flying squirrel and elk population studies in the Black Hills of South Dakota and surveillance studies for avian influenza and Newcastle disease in migrating waterfowl throughout the upper Midwest.

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