Jennifer Arave (community representative) is a dancer and choreographer in Minneapolis. Her work ranges from group community action, solo conceptual and somatic performance, and collaborative “corps” work. Her process is collaborative in nature; and with dance, she brings dancers along with her vision, but allows each dancer to establish an individual tone within the context of the whole. She believes that collaborative artmaking and decision making, including movement and dance, is a viable modality for cultivating change in community through action. Jennifer has been on the Public Art Advisory Panel for over eight years and is grateful for its existence as a steadying breath through these uneven years. Jennifer holds an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College and a BFA in directing from Virginia Commonwealth University. She continues to train and study with esteemed dance and movement teachers around the world.
Kris Brogan is a community developer who works to create property development partnerships, secure property for the creation of new housing, establish parameters and remove barriers for business development, and assist in the renovation and re-purposing of commercial buildings. She lives and works in north Minneapolis, always looking for opportunities to support housing and economic growth. In her work and volunteer activities she always keeps space for art through creation of public art, support of art organizations, and installment of art in development projects.
Frank Fitzgerald (landscape architect representative) is a Senior Landscape Architect at Coen+Partners, where he brings skills in site and planting design, detailed design, and urban planning. His prior professional experience includes several years as a Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Design Center for American Urban Landscape. At the Design Center, his work focused on incorporating green infrastructure into the urban environment at a variety of scales. Frank’s current work bridges his previous work in urban design with several years of residential and garden design experience as well as a life-long interest in plants. In 2016 he was awarded the Lob Pine award from the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The Lob Pine is the highest award given by the Minnesota Chapter and recognizes exemplary leadership and mentorship over an extended period of time. Frank’s personal garden has been featured in Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, Star Tribune and Better Homes and Gardens and a Lake Minnetonka garden he co-designed was selected for inclusion in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens.
Ann Godfrey (arts administrator representative) currently works as a public art consultant and has served as project manager for several City of Minneapolis public art projects including Bde Maka Ska, 26th Avenue North, West 29th Street and Water Works. Prior to consulting, Ann spent 20 years working as an arts educator at museums including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Art and Minnesota Museum of American Art. In addition, she developed the first education department for Hennepin Theatre Trust, implemented a legislative funded "arts for all" program for twin cities high schools and has worked with other small arts organizations to improve their education offerings. Ann's work has always focused on making the arts more accessible and it continues to be her priority. She feels so fortunate to work with incredibly talented and creative artists every day.
Breyonne Golding (planner representative) is a senior city planner with the City of Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development since 2017. Passionate in helping others envision and shape their environment particularly in marginalized communities, she joined the city to assist with the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Her array of experience consists of citywide community engagement in creating vibrant public spaces, neighborhood revitalization efforts, housing program development and ecological urban design. Prior to joining the City of Minneapolis, Breyonne worked for New York City Department of City Planning, and was an urban design intern for Project for Public Spaces in New York City. She holds a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Connecticut, a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Ohio State University and a Masters in Ecological Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design.
Jeff Handeland (engineer representative) is a Principal Professional Engineer in the Transportation Engineering & Design division of the City of Minneapolis Department of Public Works. Jeff has 25 years of civil engineering experience in Minnesota, including 15 years with the City of Minneapolis. Jeff started with the City in street design. He now manages a team which includes graphic designers for webpages and inspectors for permits. Public Works permits range from underground utilities to art. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including snow sculpting with his two daughters.
Leann E. Johnson (artist representative) is a graphic designer, illustrator, and ceramic tile artist living in Minneapolis. She has exhibited her artwork locally and nationally and has illustrated for publications such as Saint Paul Almanac and the New York Times. Leann is also a former Minneapolis Arts Commissioner.
Mariana Mansfield (artist representative) has spent most of her life in Minneapolis, working tirelessly as a visual artist and educator. She earned a BFA in Illustration and Art Education from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Mansfield is an accomplished painter and graphic designer and her work has been in galleries locally and nationally. Her most well-known work, The Mourning Passage (names of 169 people of color killed by police, painted on the street on Chicago Avenue near George Floyd Square) has been featured on the covers of multiple national newspapers, and in numerous documentaries. It inspired a wave of street painting across the country. As an educator Mansfield has worked as a paraprofessional with high schoolers with developmental cognitive disabilities, as well as elementary students with non-verbal autism. She currently works as the American Indian Education Program Tutor for the Elk River Independent School District. As a woman of color, Commissioner Mansfield aims to bring arts to communities of color in creative ways that will beautifully portray the diverse mosaic of people that make up the City of Minneapolis.
Jack Moebius (Arts Commission representative) is currently working as a projects manager and Executive Administrator for the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. His background includes a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, an AS in Environmental Science and a BS in Biology | Botany from Portland State University. His is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Affairs at the Humphrey School. Jack lives in Ward 12 in Minneapolis with his husband Nathaniel and cat Lynx.
Colleen O’Dell (community representative) is a Senior Planner and licensed Landscape Architect with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, as well as a recurring faculty member at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She manages the Park Board’s public art collection and also works on community engagement, policy development, and environmental design and construction. A Minneapolis native, she attended college in Oregon, graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, studied in China, worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan, and previously managed exhibitions and artists grants at Northern Clay Center.
Paul W. Ogren (engineer representative) is a licensed professional engineer in Minnesota. He is a graduate of Purdue University with dual degrees—A Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering and Land Surveying. He has eight years’ experience in the private sector in Chicago, Illinois and Minneapolis and 33 years’ experience with the City of Minneapolis Department of Public Works, where he has held a variety of engineering positions. He has been an active member of the Public Art Advisory Panel since before its inception.
David Smith (Arts Commission representative) was raised with an artist and teacher for a father, so his creativity and love of art was nurtured from a young age. He enjoys learning about, and trying his hand at, all kinds of things, exploring 3D printing, digital art, print making, glass blowing and neon bending. He is employed as a Mechanical Design Engineer with Sleep Number. A lifelong Minneapolis resident, David is a homeowner in Northeast Minneapolis near the Arts District. In his free time, he enjoys working on his house, brewing beer, tending a large vegetable garden, and landscaping his yard with native plants and wildflowers.
Lucy Thompson (Arts Commission representative) spent 31 years as a Principal Planner with the City of Saint Paul, where she worked on several public art initiatives: updating the City’s Public Art Ordinance, working with key City departments to implement the ordinance, selecting public artists for City infrastructure and City-financed development projects, and selecting and managing planning consultant teams with a public artist as a team member. She believes in the power of public art to express and celebrate community identity, revitalize neighborhoods, engage residents in meaningful discourse, reveal pain and bring joy. Lucy is interested in creating opportunities for artists of color throughout the city, especially in communities that are neglected or under-represented.