Art Access Staff & Contractors

ART ACCESS STAFF

Shandra Benito, Executive DirectorSHANDRA EDIT 10

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Phone: 801-328-0703, option 3

Shandra is a social worker, disability rights advocate, trumpet player, and arts enthusiast from Seattle, WA. She is a graduate of the University of Washington Masters of Social Work Program and has worked alongside and served many different communities including individuals with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, immigrants, refugees, and native and indigenous people.

Most recently, Shandra worked as the head of fundraising at the Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services, while also serving on the City of Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities, and the Legal Voice Violence Against Women Task Force. She is proud to identify as a person with a disability, as a member of the Deaf community, and is thrilled to be able to bring her experiences working toward equality and equal access, non-profit development and fundraising to Art Access and Salt Lake City. Shandra joined Art Access as executive director in January of 2017.

 

 

Erin Call, Finance Director

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Phone: 801-328-0703, option 8

Erin previously worked as the controller at the Salt Lake Art Center and is amply qualified to manage the fiscal aspects of our organization. Erin attended both Brigham Young University and the University of Utah and majored in fine arts with an emphasis in painting.

In addition, she has over 20 years accounting experience in a variety of industriest.

Erin has lived along the Wasatch Front her entire life, currently residing in downtown Salt Lake City with her husband and young daughter. She loves the arts in general and has a particular fondness for the visual arts.


Elise Butterfield, Programs Director

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Phone: 801-328-0703, option 4

A Seattle transplant, Elise majored in International Studies and Dance at the University of Washington, graduating magna cum laude in 2014. She has worked with arts and development organizations across the Americas, with a particular focus on youth with special needs. Elise worked with Amigos de las Américas in various capacities, most recently in Nicaragua as the Associate Project Director of a first-year program on Arts and Youth Leadership for high school volunteers. She also worked as CFO and Program Director for a budding Seattle non-profit, Reach Out, where she supervised the development of arts and science summer programming for in-crisis youth.

Elise herself is a dancer and a yogi, and is passionate and curious about the power of physical movement as art and therapy. She investigated embodied and transgenerational knowledge in her undergraduate Honors Thesis at the UW. Elise also collaborated and performed in various concerts and projects in Seattle, including From Here, which explored accessibility as an aesthetic in dance. In her spare time she enjoys photography, gardening, and exploring the Wasatch Front.

 

Megan Hansen, Development and Volunteer Coordinator

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Phone: 801-328-0703, option 5

Megan graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors in Consumer and Community Studies and Family and Human Development. She spent her undergrad years focusing on the inequalities that are present in both U.S. society and the world. She hopes that through Art Access and the Utah non-profit sector that she can start to help tackle the consumer and societal issues that are present in Salt Lake City. She's been involved in the arts in a variety of ways since High School and especially enjoys theater. 

She has been an advocate for at risk youth with substance abuse disorders for the past several years and has also spent an extensive amount of time with the development team at Utah Health Policy Project working to provide affordable health care for Utahns. Her goal is to always be a friend and advocate for those who need it most. 

 

Heidi Olsen, Programs Assistant and Outreach Coordinator

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Phone: 801-328-9868, option 7

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A downtown Salt Lake City native, Heidi majored in art history with an emphasis in arts management and business at Brigham Young University. She curated two art shows at the Harris Fine Arts Center and also did the marketing for a travelling art show on BYU, UVU, and Weber campuses. She loves all aspects of sustaining and managing local art exhibitions. Constantly driven to contribute to artistic communities, she served as co-president for the art history association as well as a member on the students for the visual arts committee during her undergraduate. She received a talent award four times in a row that contributed to her research on female artists.

Heidi has an unrelenting passion for investigating corporeal feminism and depictions of the female body that challenge and overcome societal boundaries. She presented two papers at major conferences in Utah and published one of her essays in a feminist art program for the University of Nebraska. In her most recent job as behavioral interventionist, she provided behavioral therapy, often art based, to autistic children which strengthened her lifelong belief in the power of art and the importance of providing arts to everyone, including those with disabilities.

When she is not in the gallery, Heidi spends all her time rock climbing. In the winter she ice climbs, but she is the happiest in the summer when she climbs outside in Moab, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Red Rocks, City of Rocks, Yosemite, and St George.

 

 

 

 

 

ART ACCESS INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

Kindra Fehr, Teen Workshops Coordinator (ages 11-16)

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Since 1994, Kindra has taught children at the Visual Art Institute, The Salt Lake Art Center (now known as UMOCA), The Children’s Museum, and various schools across the Salt Lake valley. She is currently the art specialist at Montessori Community School while teaching adult and children classes out of her Sugarhouse studio. At some points in her career, she was working with up to 600 children per week.

Kindra earned a BFA in drawing/painting from the University of Utah in 1990, and she has also studied at the Lacoste School of the Arts in France. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.

After many years traveling abroad, Kindra now lives with her husband and their two children in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

 

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Nkenna Onwuzuruoha, Literary Consultant

After attending Art Access’ book group on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah in late 2016, Nkenna knew she would love to jump into the role of book group facilitator if the opportunity ever presented itself. AS fate would have it, that opportunity presented itself sooner than she anticipated. Literacy, access, and equity are core to the work that Nkenna does within the various communities she recognizes herself as being a part of here in Salt Lake. She’s happy to have Art Access as a new home.

Born in New Orleans to two Nigerian parents and raised in Marietta, Georgia, Nkenna is a first-generation American. She received her Bachelors in French and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago and went on to receive a Masters in European Literatures from the University of Bristol (UK). She has lived in Salt Lake City since 2011 and currently teaches at Salt Lake Community College and Westminster College as an adjunct instructor. Nkenna is also the outreach coordinator for Write Here—South Salt Lake’s community-based writing center. Outside of work and reading groups, Nkenna enjoys cycling around town with friends, traveling, and attending community-oriented events.

 

 

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