[ the A-Team ]
Artists. Believers. Pirates. Protagonists. Star Wars Nerds. Optimists. These are our people. This is Arts ink.
- Ginger with an attitude
- BS in Theater and Music Performance from Lawrence University
- Teen-Lit enthusiast
- Rubber ducky tattoo haver
- Newcastle lover
Amy is a working mother of five (Beckett, Sawyer, husband, cat and her newest “baby,” Arts ink) and she wouldn’t have it any other way. That ducky tattoo on her foot has a meaning — to remind her to let things roll off her back like water off of a duck. And she does. Amy is an exceptional planner, strategist, beer-drinker, listener, manager, communicator, confidant and friend. You’ll see. She will have you immersed in an in–depth conversation and you can literally see her wheels turning — and she’s tracking it all. Oh, and she really knows her way around a spreadsheet, too.
Amy has for her entire life, loved the arts and the non-profit world. When asked if she still uses her acting skills, she replies, “Every day.” From marketer, concepter, writer, seller, and so on, the woman has done it all. After years of working in arts-related fields, Amy was struck by a vision and she executed it: She saw a need in the Twin Cities artistic community for an agency specifically geared to the Arts. From there, Arts ink was born. These days, Amy is motivated by a single-minded focus: to make a positive, meaningful change in the bustling artistic world in which we live. And, make no mistake, when she sets her mind to something, there’s no stopping her.
At Arts ink, Amy is not only our CEO and co-founder, but she’s also our source for inspirational energy and don’t forget: laughter. She’s a jokester who is most-often amused by her own humor — which makes her all the more charming. She’s a visionary. Amy has this power to get clients and employees alike ultra jazzed about what could be and if that’s not enough, she also finds ways to make it happen. We’re just glad we get to be around to watch.
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- Has watched every episode of I Love Lucy. At least 3 times.
- Believes coffee, whiskey, and gin taste like love. (Not together.)
- Was the sports editor of her high school newspaper.
- Has often been told she would be the “perfect wife” (and is still on the market, gentlemen).
- BFA in Acting / Minor in Advertising from Drake University
For Whitney, love of the arts came early when at eight years old, she produced her sold-out neighborhood dance recital Everybody Dance Now. Now, over two decades later, as a performer, producer, director, educator, writer, and administrator there are few artistic waters she hasn’t dipped her toes into. She came to the field as an actor first but now gets her energy by handling the offstage details so artists can be artists. She found her Twin Cities’ sea legs — steering ships of all sizes — with Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Program and most recently as Mixed Blood’s Chief Operating Officer. Oh, and she writes songs and musicals sometimes, too — most notably For Tonight, which has had life in New York, Connecticut, Michigan, and on the Isle of Man. When she’s not creating or administering art you can find her heart beating obsessively for the Chicago Cubs and her hometown boys — Nebraska Husker football.
Powered by coffee and optimism, Whitney followed the “ginger” siren signal that led her right to what we consider to be her best role yet — Arts ink’s Director of Strategic Operations. Her level 10 laughter and quirky wit give us more power!
Those who have worked with her will verify her ability to be the adult in the room when it’s time to “get ‘er done.” Though we generally prefer child-like behavior here at Arts ink, we’re looking forward to watching her “get ‘er done.” All of it. Sink or swim.
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- Has a ball gown collection that puts pageant contestants to shame
- Desperately wants to like guacamole
- Believes tall, dark, and handsome applies to both men and beer
- Nickname: Carmen Sandiego
- MA Arts & Cultural Management St. Mary’s University; BA Communications/Theatre, Business Minor from Concordia; 2016 James P. Shannon Leadership program
Have you had the privilege of meeting the one-and-only Emily Skoblik-Diallo? In all honesty, we were surprised we hadn’t yet crossed paths with her in the arts world. She walked in and it seemed like we’d known her forever. Though we were looking for a Sales Manager, the spark in her lit a fire in us. Thus emerged the role Emily was born to play — Director of Client and Organizational Development. Given her education, local hangouts, and interests it was if Emily’s path was leading right to our door. She had a few stops along the way that make her all-the-more valuable to our team of Arts inkers. Emily comes with years and years of experience in the arts, including both contract and long-term positions at respected institutions such as Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Minnesota Public Radio, Springboard for the Arts, Children’s Theatre Company and Minnesota Opera.
It really is some sort of strange miracle that Amy and Emily didn’t meet until 2015. The one degree of separation between Emily, Amy, and their shared friends and colleagues is nothing short of remarkable. If you analyze the events and performances they’ve both attended over time (which we have, because it is fun), mix in their shared love of beer and fundraisers, it’s a freaky fluke they didn’t meet in person previously. But wait, there is a reason. The stars aligned at the perfect moment and BOOM, fireworks. Quirky, noisy, arts-centric, musical, geeky, dramatic, knowledgeable, professional, appropriately inappropriate — Emily walked in with beautiful INK and INC. in her blood. She makes fundraising fun, events eventful, administration admirable, management manageable and hits the mark in marketing. She makes us LOL and luckily, she seems to find us pretty hilarious. Her skills and sparkling personality bring immeasurable energy and value to our growing organization, and more importantly, our clients. Ms. Skoblik not only loves fireworks, baby, she is a firework. Though we hadn’t met before, we know we’ll be saying” oooooooo, ahhhhhhhh” as she lights up the sky for years to come.
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- BA in Business Communications / Advertising and Studio Art from the College of St. Benedict
- Her go-to karaoke song is “Purple Rain”
- Maintained a short career as the St. Cloud River Bats mascot
- Enjoys Irish Car-Bombs any time of the year
- Owns a life-size cut out of Brian Dozier
Mollie came to us from a place with another circular logo. In her interview, we told her she would be required to jump from project to project, wear many hats and be ready and willing to take on any task that helped us meet our deadlines and clients’ goals. Then, when asked how she preferred to work, Mollie said “I like to work on one project at a time and stay focused.” Rather than telling us what we wanted to hear, she spoke the truth. We immediately targeted her as our perfect Senior Business Manager.
Mollie is a no-fuss, no-muss kind of gal. She challenges us and our clients to think differently. She implements systems, identifies opportunities and moves forward without asking permission – we love it. That Mollie, she’s a darn fine lass who is warmly welcomed by the Arts Inkers, all of whom consider St. Patrick’s Day to be a business holiday. Mollie never means to cause us any trouble, never means to cause us any pain. She only wants to see us working in the Purple Rain. Reign on Mollie, reign on.
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- Buys wine solely based on the design of the label
- Only child
- Straight shooter
- Has never seen Top Gun
- BS in Advertising, Minor in Art & Design
Voted most likely to make a list and to have multiple colored highlighters to cross things off said list — all held in some bright, fashion-forward, wish-you-had-one notebook. Danielle is a go-getter who works as hard as she plays. She has mad skills in graphic design, project management, and don’t forget — baking. Here’s the deal — if she’s on your project, you can sit back and have a cold one.
As Arts ink’s Senior Project + Creative Director, she is the master of keeping you (and us) on track … without being your worst nightmare. She’ll tell you what to do, when to do it and how to maximize your time. Sit back and enjoy — it’s a fun, productive and highly enjoyable ride when you’re working with Danielle. When you get a chance, meet her in person and ask her about her fixer-upper, favorite Bloody Marys, and Harry Potter. She’s bubbly, sassy and impossible not to love. And, that smile? Please. Bazinga.
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KATELYN (KITTY) DEVINE
- BA in Graphic Design Technology, Minor in Entrepreneurship
- Involuntary dancer
- Can do an impressive Gollum impression
- Considers cheese more of a lifestyle than a food
- Typography enthusiast
Katelyn Devine, Designer + Project Manager, is a lean, mean, graphic designing machine.
Aw, who are we kidding? We don’t call her Katelyn, she’s Kitty to us, as deemed by her biggest fan, Danielle. She’s lean — because she walks to the fridge at least 10 times a day to concoct such delicacies as the mac ’n’ cheese burrito and then skips or dances her way back to her desk. Mean? She’s anything but. Kitty is quirky, talented, geeky and loves animated movies, Harry Potter and musicals almost as much as the rest of us. Kitty is wise beyond her years – as evidenced by her remarkable communication style, graphic design skills and her calm, cool and collected nature; all critical skills in the creative chaos that is Arts ink.
Her wand (Voldemort) is indicative of her dark side — wicked good impressions and purposeful placement of ear worm songs into our heads without us even knowing it, evil girl. Sometimes charmingly slow to catch on to our inside jokes, when she eventually does gets it, her belly laugh and wide smile make it all the funnier. Watch out — she can take it as well as she can dish it out, which is just the way we like it.
What would we do without our Kitty? We hope we never find out. Cool story, Bro.
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- BFA in Graphic Design, Minor in Mass Communication
- Must pet every dog she sees
- Former member of the Southwest Lakers Varsity badminton team
- Gets irrationally worked up over branding
- Loves Moscow Mules, hates the little copper cup they come in
Chloe Crimmins, our newest Inker and Graphic Designer extraordinaire, came to us a fresh U of M grad. Though she worked multiple design jobs / internships throughout her college years, we got lucky and snagged her right as she approached the working world gates. Chloe, a naturally curly blonde, adds variety to our office of brunette and red-headed beauties. She is a self-proclaimed “hippie child,” — an easy-going, care-free, yet fierce feminist who is always on board to take on new challenges — including challenging us to think differently and be better, stronger women. She approaches design with a highly conceptual mind and can spit out wicked cool illustrations. We find Chloe to be the hippest, most talented “hippie child” we never knew we needed.
Chloe grew up in an arts-loving family. A week rarely goes by that she’s not attending a concert, performance, or event. She is a true city girl — born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. Have a question about public transportation? Chloe’s your girl! Did we mention she has never tested to get her driving license? On a typical weeknight, you’ll find her meandering Uptown (namely Paper Source), trying out a new restaurant (wine included), or snuggling with her two dogs.
Ms. Crimmins is a crazy-sweet cocktail, with a perfect splash of sass. The mixologist got this one just right.
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- BA in Arts, Entertainment and Media Management from Columbia College Chicago
- Proud Slytherin
- Maintains an extensive vinyl collection
- Visits Disney World at least once a year (sometimes six)
- Obsessed with her dog, Draco… and every other dog she sees
Account Executive Mary-Kate Carsi is truly one-of-a-kind. She will dominate in any kind of musical trivia while watching Harry Potter and entering the latest online contest for concert tickets. (She wins. Every time.) She is always full steam ahead and keeps a strong base of loyal friends who understand her greatest desires in life — coffee, music, and Disney.
Mary-Kate is confident, motivated, and knows what she likes (and doesn’t like). Arts ink loves a strong personality — just look at this list of women — but so do our clients and that is why Mary-Kate fits the bill. She looks out for people, will sometimes bring YOU coffee (because, WINNER), and takes care to let you know you are appreciated. She is nothing but intense, but she is also intentionally thoughtful. We are certain there are many Disney characters for comparison but we will refrain from listing them here…
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- BM Voice Performance from St. Olaf College
- Consumes unhealthy levels of Vitamin Water Zero
- Despite being a vegetarian, loves the smell of Chick-fil-a … she blames this on her Southern roots
- Loves a good group hug at social activities
- At the age of five, named the family cat “Boo Boo Baby Bunny Feet Bazurk Banana-head, Basketball Basket Bean Basket Bubble Bubble Bubble Bubble Bubble Butterfingers Buttercup Bubble Queen of Sheeba”
Account Executive Maria Coyne is a multi-talented singer/songwriter/self-proclaimed Sara Bareilles super-fan. She is often found sing-speaking through the office, running on her seemingly endless tank of positive energy. Maria is from Atlanta, but she went to school at St. Olaf, making her well-acclimated to both Scandinavians and the weather. She has survived many a winter storm, and is up for any challenge. A piano and some bagel bites from Starbucks will put her in her happy place.
Maria claims to be “slow on the uptake”, but don’t be fooled — she is smart as a whip and will take you down with great comebacks and one liners. Nevermind a good tag-back to a previous inside joke — she’s quick… and this is why she is great at what she does. She listens. She responds. She makes things even better. We love her and our clients do, too.
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OUR EXTENDED TEAM
Every Arts ink project draws on the expertise offered by our extended team of talented designers, writers, project managers, social media experts, marketing and fundraising strategists, and more. You get the best in the biz; Arts ink’s team is comprised of champions.