Kayla M. Schubert (she/her and ye/kšto) has been working at Arts Midwest since 2020 and is a Program Manager. Prior this role, she was the Gallery Director at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and has served in multiple leadership positions within regional arts initiatives.
Kayla is a dual citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the United States. Thus, at Arts Midwest, Kayla spends her days on multiple projects including administration of the GIG Fund, supporting the action steps of the Living Commitment to Native Communities, and maintaining the relationships built across the Community Creativity Cohort 2. Kayla co-facilitated the Community Creativity Cohort 2 from 2020-2022. She works with the grants and programs departments to collaborate on the GIG Fund, as well as advocating for equity within tribal and rural grantmaking.
She does this through an intersectional and relational perspective of working within and alongside nonprofit and community leaders to identify areas where cross-sector partnerships can uplift and find strength through learning together. By sustaining relationships at a community level through local events, supporting grassroots initiatives, and attending conferences, she is able to see the connections between organizations, missions, and visions to identify the spaces where collaboration can strengthen communities.
A couple of Arts Midwest resources Kayla love to share include:
A little more about Kayla:
Kayla’s favorite Midwestern artists are Buckanaga Social Club, Keith BraveHeart, and Susanna Gaunt. She is creatively energized through exploration and photo documentation of the seasonal cycles of medicinal plants in her local landscapes.
When Kayla isn’t working, she can be found foraging and exploring the land with her daughter, caring for her beloved houseplant collection, and listening to the Phenology Report.
You can connect with her on LinkedIn.