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As an artist, Calder Kamin is drawn to the contradictory aspects of our relationships with animals and the environment. Her projects provide education about the ways humans impact biodiversity. Kamin earned a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She was a Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project Studio resident, and received an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, Missouri Bank Art Board and a Bread KC award. Kamin was the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s Art Truck Artist for the 2013-2014 school year and the first Artist-in-Residence at the Beach Museum of Art at K-State. She was one of 102 national artists to be selected for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s exhibition “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now”. Kamin is currently working on exhibitions for the summer and is a 2015 mentor for the Teen Artist + Mentor Program at the Contemporary Austin.

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When Vicky Valdez speaks to area entrepreneurs, it is with the voice of experience and authority. Ms. Valdez manages the City of Austin’s Small Business Program (SBP), although she is currently Acting Manager of the City’s Cultural Arts Division (CAD). CAD provides leadership and management for the City’s cultural arts programs and for the economic development of arts and cultural industries.  During her tenure, SBP has been recognized with numerous local, state, national and even international awards. Vicky has received personal leadership awards as well, most recently the 2013 Blazing Star from the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas.

Prior to her work at the City, Ms. Valdez was Deputy Director for a local non-profit agency and Lead Project Manager for all of its construction projects.  She has more than 15 years of commercial and residential construction experience and was a successful small business owner for six years. Ms. Valdez has an undergraduate degree in engineering from Texas A&M University at Kingsville and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also certified to deliver Kauffman FastTrac Growth Ventures training to small businesses to help them achieve their potential.

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With 18 years of experience in nonprofit and cultural programming, Meghan Wells currently provides leadership to the City of Austin as the Economic Development Department’s Cultural Arts Division Manager.  She is responsible for developing arts, culture, and creative industries as economic development strategies, overseeing current programming and services for the creative community, facilitating planning and integration of supportive initiatives into larger civic and community efforts, and seeking innovative policies to advance local, regional, and national arts conversations.  Meghan previously served the Division’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) program for eleven years, first as a Project Manager and, since 2010, as the Program Administrator.  During her tenure, the program commissioned over 70 new permanent pieces to the City’s public art collection of nearly 200 artworks and over 30 temporary artworks through the TEMPO program.  Prior to joining the City of Austin, Wells worked with the public art programs at Texas Tech University and Alameda County, CA, as well as with the USS Hornet Museum and the Missouri School Boards Association.  Wells has a Bachelor’s Degree from Rockhurst University, and a Master’s Degree from Texas Tech University.