Background: Before joining The Cedar in 2018, David served as the Director of Operations for Augsburg University’s Center for Global Education and Experience, where he was awarded Augsburg’s 2018 Employee of the Year award for his work developing the Center’s work in experiential education, social justice and community engagement. As a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), David also served as a leader on Augsburg University’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. In his previous role as the Executive Director of Access Works, David led a cutting edge social service agency providing harm reduction services to injecting drug users and other at-risk populations. David studied Political Science at Macalester College, got a Masters in African History at the University of Minnesota, and obtained a Mini-MBA for Nonprofit Organizations at the University of St. Thomas. As an artist, David has played with a variety of groups including Ticket to Brasil and High & Mighty, and has recently turned his focus to the study of Afro-Latin dance.
Background: The Cedar was one of the first places Emmy fell in love with after moving to Minnesota in 2012. She joined the team two years later in the Development Department. In April, 2018, she transitioned from role of Director of Development and Communications to Booking Director, where she liaises with local, national, and international artists and agents to fill The Cedar's calendar with year-round concerts and events. Emmy has over ten years experience in development, marketing, and programming at arts institutions including The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and the Cunningham Dance Foundation, which supported the work of late choreographer Merce Cunningham. She earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina Upstate and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from The New School in New York.
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Director of Operations
Background: Dave has been Director of Operations at The Cedar for over 15 years. He is responsible for maintaining the converted former Cedar movie theater building that houses The Cedar performance space and offices, as well as financial and artist relations duties. Dave came to The Cedar after tour managing artists that include Ani DiFranco, The Jayhawks, and Helmet. He is also a committed year round bike commuter!
Contact Dave about:
Artist advance information
Director of Events
Background: Mark first came to The West Bank in 1976 to go to a jazz club called The Rainbow Gallery. He has lived and worked on The West Bank since 1978, except for 6 years spent in Jackson WY. Mark first came to The Cedar in 1978 when it was still a movie theater, and saw "Eraserhead" by David Lynch. A big fan of music, Mark has no musical abilities. "My talent is getting the bands on the stage and the audience in the hall". Work experiences have involved Managing/ Supervising at everything from Burger King to being a Collective Manager at the now defunct North Country Co-op. Also, Mark has been a Naturalist/ Interpretive Guide since 1980, including guiding people into Yellowstone National Park and the mountains of WY for 25 years with Jackson Hole Llamas. Mark has been on The Cedar's paid staff since 2001. In addition to working with our crew of hundreds of volunteers, Mark volunteers for Sax Zim Bog, Hawk ridge Nature preserve, and MN Audubon.
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Assistant Director of Events
Background: Michael was a patron of the Cedar for many years before becoming a Volunteer/House Manager and eventually Assistant Director of Events. Drawn to the venue through his love of live music (African, Scandinavian, and Nordic in particular) he is so proud to be a member of the staff/family that continue to bring incredible music to the people of the Twin Cities and beyond. He credits his parents and siblings with helping him become the nurturing entity he is, which he employs to welcome artists and patrons to our space. He loves camping and fishing. He is passionate about the vibrations/sounds created by the acoustic 6-string guitar as he noodles in open tunings (but he'll never share that with you!)
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Director of Development
Background: Mary brings extensive nonprofit management and international education experience to her work as Director of Development. Mary began her career with a New York-based nonprofit that placed volunteers in international development projects around the world. After returning to Minnesota, she spent nearly a decade with the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA), promoting study abroad and experiential education for undergraduate students. Her first gig in fundraising was with AchieveMpls where she oversaw development initiatives that encapsulated annual fund efforts, major donor cultivation, corporate and family foundation giving and sponsorships, legacy gifts, and annual fundraising events. As of 2018, she does the same things for The Cedar and is thrilled to be supporting a mission focused on intercultural appreciation and understanding. She earned her bachelor of arts from Sarah Lawrence College, and has completed several writing, management, and fundraising certificate courses at the University of St. Thomas' Opus College of Business. Beyond the U.S., Mary has family in Australia and the Seychelles Islands. Her personal interests include music, theater, racial justice issues, camping in Minnesota State Parks, and international travel--she's been to 30 countries in total...so far.
Contact Mary about:
Individual Donations - online, check, stock, vehicle donation, etc.
Tribute gifts or planned giving
Grant funding opportunities from government or corporate entities, or family foundations
Questions on general financials and nonprofit charity ratings
Background: Through the generosity of AmeriCorps VISTA, Maya left her birthplace of California in 2014 to enter the world of Minnesota nonprofits and eventually landing at The Cedar Cultural Center in December 2016. Her employment locally has included an internship at Coffee House Press, art demonstrations for children in local parks through Mia, and box office management with Bedlam Lowertown. Her education includes a BFA in Studio Art / Philosophy which she intends to someday top off with a Creative Writing MFA. Maya is actively involved in the Twin Cities’ literary scene and beyond as Story Editor for Paper Darts magazine, a 2015 Givens Emerging Writing Fellow, a 2017-18 Loft Mentorship Series fellow, a 2017 Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation alum, and more with hopefully more achievements to come.
Contact Maya about:
General grants and funding opportunities
Online donation question and issues
Donor feedback and suggestions
Director of Marketing and Communications
Background: Alana joined The Cedar team in 2015. In her current role as Director of Marketing and Communications, she creates marketing and communication strategies for 200+ concerts, events, and grant-funded programs yearly. She also heads up The Cedar Commissions, The Cedar’s annual commissioning program for local emerging artists. After double-majoring in Theater and English Literature at Macalester College, she worked as Bedlam Lowertown's Communications Director and as a freelance arts marketer with organizations like Red Eye Theater, Theatre Forever, DaNCEBUMS, and the University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance Program. In her artistic life, she creates new works of theater as a core company member of Umbrella Collective and drums in two Twin Cities bands, Bella Yaga and The Controversial New "Skinny Pill."
Contact Alana about:
Cedar Commissions Questions
Website and Social Media Questions
Silent Auction and Donation Requests
Marketing Questions & Feedback
Marketing and Booking Coordinator
Background: Robert grew up in Western South Dakota, first on a hospital compound on the Rosebud Indian Reservation and then the Black Hills. He attended St. Olaf College where he studied study piano performance, English, and math and was an active choir member. After graduation, he worked with youth as a middle-school math, English, and writing teacher for Breakthrough Twin Cities and a high school College Possible coach at Patrick Henry in North Minneapolis. When not thinking about music or playing piano, Robert likes to bike and work on bikes, write non-fiction, and read. He joined The Cedar team in 2018.
Contact Robert about:
Opening act suggestions
Website and Social Media questions
Box Office and Office Manager
Background: MJ has enjoyed hearing beautiful music and heartfelt stories of musicians and community members at The Cedar since 2015, where she is currently the Box Office and Office Manager. MJ has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Minnesota, has completed graduate courses in holistic health, and has traveled and studied in Eastern Europe and India. While traveling, she has enjoyed the experience of climbing to the top the Vysoké Tatry Mountains in Slovakia and The Dhauladhar mountain range along the Himalayas in Dharamsala, India, where she shared local sweetly spiced chai with new friends. Outside of The Cedar, she enjoys volunteering for community radio. She loves interviewing artists and musicians who are excited about what they create, and received two Minnesota grants to create radio documentaries on a local documentary filmmaker and three local musicians. Currently, MJ volunteers operating the camera for a local health and social science television program, The Mary Hanson Show.
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Artist & Audience Coordinator, Midnimo
Background: Khadro is a free-spirited individual with a love of music and art. She worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Art for 4 years with youth and studio run activities. She now works on creating meaningful artistic programming and audience engagement strategies for activities in the Midnimo program: activities include the Midnimo Residencies, Youth Workshops, Cedar Youth Council and Midnimo Programs. She supervises the Cedar Youth Council "The Cedar Stars" who are are a group of young Somali high school students that aspire to be creative leaders in the West Bank Neighborhood.
Contact Khadro about:
Youth Council Collaboration
Questions about Midnimo and Youth Council
Project Manager, Midnimo
Background: Nastalie is a white queer performing arts curator, producer, and administrator. After studying dance at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and dancing professionally in Chicago, Nastalie moved to Minneapolis in 2007. Projects include performing with Wreck Family, collaborating with Bedlam Theatre, curating the experimental performance series Pleasure Rebel, and co-producing the annual Pride show Queertopia. Nastalie has held administrative roles with Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Minnesota State Arts Board, Walker Art Center’s Performing Arts department, and as Intermedia Arts’s production and events manager. While at Intermedia, Nastalie was awarded a Mentorship & Leadership Initiative grant from National Performance Network to develop capacity to collaboratively lead programming with a diverse group of artists. Nastalie’s personal interests include the body, dystopian fiction, camping, communication, and racial justice. Nastalie joined the Cedar team in 2018.
Contact Nastalie about:
Questions about Midnimo
Midnimo Residency itineraries and engagement opportunities
Tour Manager and Promoter, Midnimo
Artist In Residence
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jill Dawe Co-President
Music Department, Augsburg University
Steve Katz Co-President
Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLC
Brent Hickman Vice President
Strategic Capital Management, US Bank
David Edminster Treasurer
Data Manager, Travelers
Senior Paralegal and Risk Manager, Sherman Associates
VP Philanthropic Specialist, Wells Fargo
Retired Attorney, formerly of Meagher & Geer
Mary Laurel True
Service Learning & Community Engagement, Augsburg University
Program Manager, Optum