The Laramie Public Art Coalition is pleased to announce the hire of a new director, Michelle Visser. The position is currently held by Meg Thompson Stanton, who announced her resignation in January in order to transition to other professional opportunities.
Visser brings to this position a rich background in arts education and community engagement. She moved her 23 years ago to attend UW for her education degree, but access to outdoor recreation and the intentional efforts to enrich lives of the community are two factors that have kept her and her family here. Visser’s educator experiences included teaching art at the elementary level through a grant-funded program, ArtReach, in Teton County, Idaho. This program provided art instruction to students who would otherwise not have this opportunity as part of their educational experience in the K – 5 grades. Currently, she is the Teen Coordinator for the UW Art Museum where she has developed T.O.A.S.T. – Teen Open Art Studio Time, through collaboration with local teens.
Visser has been active in community projects over the past twelve years including helping found the Laramie Montessori Charter School, contributing to the Big Hollow Food Co-op as a volunteer in its founding days, and later becoming a board member, to currently volunteering in support of the Pilot Hill Project.
Visser states, “I have felt drawn to working on community-oriented activities for much of my adult life. Becoming the LPAC coordinator allows me to continue to contribute to our community through public art. I am very excited about the opportunity to collaborate with so many others that are already working intentionally for the benefit of Laramie and its residents.”
Board chair Margaret Brown says “contracting with Michelle will ensure that LPAC can continue promoting public art projects as well as other community engagement efforts. Michelle will be a quick study for this position, given her background with nonprofit organizations and art programs. We’re pleased that she applied for this position!”
The Laramie Public Art Coalition’s mission is to enhance the unique visual and cultural vibrancy of Laramie and Albany County, in a manner that encourages participation and engagement from all our citizens and visitors. LPAC does not select art, but exists to facilitate those who want to engage in a public art project.