Staff Update: Best wishes to Steph, and welcome to AJ!

After 19 years with Art Buddies, our beloved Program Director Stephanie Vagle is moving on to a new venture. Steph recently accepted a faculty position with Shattuck-St. Mary’s as director of their weCreate Center starting in August 2016.

All of us at Art Buddies are truly grateful for Steph's years of work that have built Art Buddies to what we are today, and will dearly miss her warm spirit and expertise. We wish her all the best in her new endeavor (we love you, Steph!).

Scott Mikesh will remain at the helm of Art Buddies as President & Executive Director to continue our current programs and plans for growth, with the help of our newly contracted part-time Program Assistant, Alyssa (AJ) Ostlund.

Welcome to AJ Ostlund, Art Buddies Program Assistant!

AJ's passion for creativity, kids and community service is what brought her to Art Buddies in the summer of 2016. She brings with her a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Northern Michigan University and three years of professional experience as a graphic designer. She has first-hand experience working with artists and students from her internships with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and DeVos Art Museum, and is a member of AIGA, the professional association for design.

As an artist and designer, AJ understands the power of creativity -- that through art, individuals can improve communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. She is excited to use her creative passion and artistic experience to empower kids as well as mentors through her work as a part-time Program Assistant with Art Buddies.

We look forward to another great season of Art Buddies, thanks to the continued support of our generous volunteers and sponsors!