Angela Brown has been working in development, multimedia and data management systems for 15 years. She has facilitated communications on behalf of federal agencies and served as essential personnel during the terrorist attacks of 9/11. She is an AmeriCorps VISTA alum and has worked with nonprofits and small businesses in Washington, D.C. and Chicago. She earned her graduate degree in Media and Cinema Studies from DePaul University and, after a brief time in television research, was inspired to join Arts Corps to support youth in cultivating their voices through the creative arts. She is passionate about media literacy, photography, and filmmaking and is the caretaker of an adorable cocker spaniel.
“I’m so excited to join the Arts Corps team and work on the Creative Schools Initiative. As a youth I found it challenging to develop the discipline to focus my creative efforts. I dreamed of becoming an artist but could never quite find the agency, medium or voice to express my feelings, thoughts and imagination. I appreciate that having teaching artists in the classroom supports youth in developing creative habits of mind. I am enthusiastic about joining an organization that works hard to showcase just how integrated art is and can be in your life. I look forward to documenting and evaluating this important work and hopeful that the role revitalizes my own creative habits.”
Growing up, Christa studied voice and theatre with hopes of someday becoming a professional performer. Volunteer experiences during her college years in Chicago, however, led her away from music and toward a career in community organizing. Christa worked for several years as the National Field Organizer for Sojourners, a progressive Christian social justice organization. Following her time in DC, Christa completed a Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC. After moving to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Christa worked as an organizer with Sound Alliance, a coalition of religious, labor and community organizations working for the common good. Christa is delighted to come full circle at Arts Corps, a place that integrates art and social justice with impressive amounts of creativity and joy.