UAA Board of Directors

Board Officers

Vanessa Martineau

Vanessa is a Director of Financial Aid at Western Governors University (WGU), operating out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Vanessa’s career in financial aid began at Neumont College of Computer Science in 2013. She has developed a passion for expanding access to higher education and fostering responsible borrowing and financial wellness for students. Her professional association experience includes serving as the Professional Development/Training Committee Chair for the Utah Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (UASFAA), the Training Committee Chair for the Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (RMASFAA), and an Advisory Board member for the Salt Lake Emerging Arts Professionals (SLEAP).

Vanessa has taken on several roles with the Utah Arts Alliance since 2012 including Development Director, Urban Arts Festival Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Board Secretary, Board Vice Chair, and her current role as UAA Board Chair.

When she isn’t working, Vanessa loves to foster cats and kittens through Best Friends Animal Society.

Lia Summers

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Victoria Bernier​

Victoria (aka Vita) is the Chief Financial Officer for the I J & Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center and the Chief Executive Officer of Hammer Spring Distillers, both in Salt Lake City. Victoria earned a bachelors in accounting and an Executive MBA from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. She currently serves as the board treasurer for the Utah Arts Alliance and Youth Futures shelter home. Past work experience: Victoria spent nine years as the Chief Financial and Operations Officer for Discovery Gateway children’s museum, four years as partner with The C.P.A. Network, a local public accounting firm. Her early experience in the nonprofit sector was as the Controller for Planned Parenthood Association of Utah.

Vita has a passion for outdoor adventures including hiking, camping and snowshoeing and worldwide travel.

Crystal Young-Otterstrom

A two time Enlightened 50 (E-50) recipient from the Community Foundation of Utah, Crystal is a certified Utah Change Leader, was named one of Utah Business Magazine’s 40 under 40 in 2013, received a 2020 Star Award from the SCERA, and has been featured as a Utah’s Educated Woman of the Week. Crystal is the Executive Director of Utah Cultural Alliance/Utahns for Culture/Nowplayingutah.com. Collectively, these three entities work together to advocate for and amplify Utah’s diverse arts, humanities, and cultural industries and the incredible contributions they make to Utah's economic, family, and community life. Crystal serves on the boards of SLC Planning Commission, Utah Arts Alliance, Americans for the Arts’ SAAN Council (State Arts Advocacy Network), Utah Women & Politics PAC, LDS Dems (emeritus chair), BYU Political Affairs Society - UT chapter (co-chair), Better Utah Institute, and UTOPIA Early Music. Past work experience: Crystal spent eight years as a marketing, campaign, and event planning consultant at Brand.Pink and was the Audience Development Manager at Utah Symphony | Utah Opera for eight years before that. Crystal is a composer and coloratura soprano. She earned her bachelors in music theory with minors in humanities, economics, and marketing as an undergrad at Brigham Young University and earned her masters in musicology and composition from the Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens College, City University of New York).

Board Members

Kent Rigby

Kent Rigby is a licensed architect, artist, musician and sound engineer. His notable awards, volunteer work, elected offices, and gallery affiliations include: 

Winner, Mayor’s Award for Visual Art, June 2000. // Public Relations Coordinator, Salt Lake Gallery Association, 1994 - 1995. // Vice President, Salt Lake Gallery Association, 1995 - 1996. // President, Salt Lake Gallery Association, 1996- 2004. // Member Left Bank Gallery artists co-op, 1994 - 2002. // Director of Public Relations, Left Bank Gallery, 1994 - 1998. // Managing Partner and Director, Left Bank Gallery, L.L.C., 1997 - 2002. // Curator, New Visions Gallery, 2003 – 2004. // Member, Advisory Board, Salt Lake Olympic Committee, Cultural Olympiad, 2002. // Member, Advisory Board, Down Town Alliance, First Night New Years Eve Celebration, 1998 - 1999. // Curator, Annual First Night New Years Eve Celebration, Visual Art Exhibition, 1997 – 1999. // Juror, Utah Arts Festival, Visual Arts, 1999, 2004. // Gallery Director, Utah Arts Alliance, 2006 – 2013. // Recording Arts Director Utah Arts Alliance Midnight Records Productions 2007 – Present. // Utah Arts Alliance Board of Directors, 2015 – Present.

Jason Bowcutt

Jason is the Community and Performing Arts Manager for the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. In this role he has overseen the state’s Performing Arts program, launched and produced the annual statewide arts conference, and has facilitated and managed the Change Leader Program which received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in May 2018. Jason is a graduate of the University of Utah’s Theatre Program and spent many years working as a professional actor and director in New York and at theatres across the country. After doing this for many years he moved his attention to producing and became one of the Co-Founding Directors of the New York Innovative Theatre Foundation, also known as the It Awards. Launched in 2004, the It Awards is a community building organization for New York’s indie theatre community. 

Lesly Allen

Lesly’s passion for the arts began in her teens with photography and later studying the art form as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University. Lesly served several years with the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Art Works for Kids program at her daughters’ school as a classroom volunteer and fundraiser. Lesly received a Masters Degree in Community Leadership Arts Administration from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. She was the creator and administrator of the 9 Pillars Mural Project, an outdoor mural project raising awareness about youth experiencing homelessness.  Lesly serves the Utah Arts Alliance in a variety of capacities, including Development Committee Chair, grant writer and past Urban Art Festival Artist Market Place Coordinator. As Arts Council Director for South Salt Lake, Lesly works to support South Salt Lake’s creative community through public art projects, arts programming and events, including SSL’s annual Mural Fest.

Mauro Romualdo “Jamaika”

Mestre Jamaika (Mauro Romualdo) found his passion for capoeira at seven years old living in Teixeira de Freitas, Bahia, Brazil. He began training under Mestre Gil, of Capoeira Garras De Ouro. By age 15 he was traveling throughout Brazil to train and compete (under the direction of Mestre Loka of CapuraGinga), later winning three consecutive titles in the Brazilian Capoeira Confederation Championships, all before age 20.

Certified to teach under the title of “Professor” in 1997, Mestre Jamaika’s exceptional skill and explosive acrobatic talent have since placed him among the most sought-after instructors within the capoeira community, teaching and performing at workshops and events throughout the world for the past 25 years. 

In June of 2013, Jamaika was awarded the title of “Mestre” by Mestre Amen.

Mestre Jamaika continues to give workshops all over the United States and the world for other capoeira schools as well as for arts and professional dance programs. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Amanda, and plans to continue sharing Afro-Brazilian culture and strengthen community through capoeira. 

Andrew Barrett Watson

Andrew Barrett Watson moved to Utah in 2013 from Pittsburgh. He lives in Ogden, where he works for Onstage Ogden, bringing great classical music & dance performances to Northern Utah. Before joining the Board of the UAA, Andrew managed the Arts Hub and special events for the organization.  While in Pittsburgh, he was with the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and opened a Middle Eastern café & performance space that was voted Best Coffeehouse in Pittsburgh. Andrew has worked most of his life in and around the performing arts. He believes that great cities deserve great Art!

Sitori Holbrook​

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Michael S. Anderson

Mike’s practice involves complex commercial disputes, often involving complicated contracts, intellectual property, insurance, securities, and constitutional, international, and comparative law. As a result of his unique background, he also has developed expertise specific to media and entertainment law and handles a wide variety of issues for his clients throughout the television, film, and music industries. He has experience at all levels of litigation from trial court to final appeal and especially enjoys helping innovative startups find creative solutions to practical and legal dilemmas.

As a leader of Parr Brown’s Entertainment Law practice, Mike has represented numerous executives, entertainers, and artists on a variety of deals, litigation, and other projects throughout the entertainment industry, including directors, screenwriters, actors, producers, record labels, bands, musicians, composers, publishers, authors, sports leagues, teams, athletes, radio shows, networks, newspapers, artists, painters, sculptors, talent agencies, agents, theaters, dance companies, arts organizations, conventions, concerts, community events, festivals, and many others. He has helped with everything from basic agreements in the early stages to major-label recording contracts, hit television shows, and award-winning films. Mike volunteers his time helping several local events and arts organizations, founded the Entertainment Law section of the Utah State Bar, and speaks regularly on media and entertainment law issues.

For the last five years, Super Lawyers has named Mike a “Rising Star,” a recognition awarded to no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers each year, for his work in litigation and entertainment law.

Our Staff

General Operations

Derek Dyer

Derek Dyer is an artist, arts administrator, and advocate for the arts and social causes.

Derek is the founder and Executive Director of Utah Arts Alliance (UAA). Since 2003 Derek has guided the UAA and helped establish its five venues: The SLC Arts Hub, The Urban Arts Gallery, The Art Garden, Counterpoint Recording Studios, and the Dreamscapes – Salt Lake City’s Immersive Art Experience as well as its many programs and events including the Urban Arts Festival, which is the largest free art event in Utah, Illuminate – Utah’s Light Art and Creative Tech Fest and Mural Fest a public art festival. Derek is also the founder of KUAA 99.9FM Salt Lake City’s Multilingual and Multicultural community radio station.

Derek has been an active Board and Committee member for numerous organizations including: Visit Salt Lake, Utah Cultural Alliance, SLC Downtown Alliance, South Salt Lake Arts Council, The Grand Theater, Element 11 – Utah’s Regional Burning Man Event, and has served on advisory boards for Americans for the Arts, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Salt Lake City Corp, and Salt Lake City Arts Council. He has served as a featured juror for major exhibits by the Bountiful Davis Art Center, The Eccles Art Center, and the Woodbury Museum.

Derek is also an artist and has exhibited extensively at the local and national levels. His work has been published in several books and magazines internationally including the 2005 Guinness Book of World Records, for his World’s Largest Disco Ball art piece.

Awards: Derek received the Joe McQueen Lifetime Achievement Award by the Nurture the Creative Mind Foundation. The Community Foundation of Utah named Derek as one of the top Enlightened Entrepreneurs of Utah. Catalyst Magazine named Derek as one of the top “Change Agents” in the State of Utah that have created positive change in Utah. The City of South Salt Lake awarded Derek as the Top Local Arts Advocate in 2019. Last year Derek and Utah Arts Alliance received the prestigious Salt Lake City Mayor’s Artist Award for Service to the Arts.

Rio Wimmer

A lover of the arts from a young age, Rio has been in, on, and around the stage for most of her life. Starting her performance career with belly dance, moving to hooping, on to fire, and full circle back to dance in other forms: twerk and burlesque, this little firecracker is at home on any stage, in front of any crowd. Performances include: Burning Man, Urban Arts Fest, Midway Ice Castles, Burly-picks, and more! She’s just as likely to build a stage as perform on it, dabbling in stage crew since 2009 working concerts, conventions, and fundraisers. Rio has been involved with producing events for years from fundraisers to competitions, producing her own since 2014. From planning, to building, then performing her life is a party, yet Rio somehow manages to keep everything organized around the office. This bookish bookkeeper joined the ranks of the Utah Arts Alliance in 2016 as office manager and tries to wear as many hats as needed. Her attention to detail has the office and events in tip top shape.

Michael Christensen

In 2010, Michael Christensen founded a small artist collective in Salt Lake City with a handful of idealistic artisans and creators. Continuing this pursuit, Michael met Derek Dyer, founder and executive director of Utah Arts Alliance. Together, they established the Connect (a free, monthly art event where artists are invited to exhibit their art).

In 2012, Michael was hired among the first of UAA's paid staff as the programming director -- in this capacity, Michael aided the development of numerous programs and departments. Michael was promoted to UAA Operations Manager in early 2020 -- a role in which he could exercise his interests in policies & procedures, organizational structure, communications, as well as project management.

Michael is also a certified "Change Leader" through the Utah Division of Arts and Museums arts administrator program.

Ali Jane McGregor

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Amaris Morin

Amaris has a wide range of experience and skill sets she draws from to inform her work at the Utah Arts Alliance. She has worked as a Yoga Instructor for various yoga studios and clients in Utah since 2013. In 2018, Amaris earned her BS in Integrated Studies with emphases in Psychology and Community Health from Utah Valley University. Her Senior Thesis, “Mindfulness in Communities: An Exploration in Connection Using Meditative Practices” explored how meditative practices can create more connected communities. Amaris has furthered her passion for community building by writing grants for the Utah Arts Alliance since 2018. She now oversees a variety of grants and fundraising projects as the Grants Manager.

David Kubinski

A Salt Lake City resident since 1995, David joined Utah Arts Alliance (UAA) in 2015. A Cleveland, Ohio native, David had a successful 32 year career with the American Cancer Society and among his positions was National Vice President for Division Services where he oversaw the operations of eight Western states, including Utah.

A graduate of Ohio University, he comes to UAA with 20 plus years of diversified progressive fundraising experience. David has a keen desire in seeing UAA thrive and believes Utah deserves the best in art programs and artist support.

David has been active in community affairs through Rotary of Salt Lake, University of Utah Crimson Club, YMCA and Little League Baseball as well as other organizations. He and his wife Brooke, who is an artist, reside in the Salt Lake City, “Avenues” neighborhood and are avid Utah Opera and Symphony patrons.

Jonathan King

Jonathan is a former medical social worker that has joined our team in the arts. With his arts and entertainment background in producing events, shows, and gatherings he has a passion for creating and fostering the Arts and all forms. Whether you have a small paint night or a Statewide Gathering, Jonathan is ready to help make your ideas a reality.

Sky Hatter

In 3rd grade Sky Hatter raised some red flags when she wrote “E is for dolphin because dolphins use echolocation.” in an alphabet book assignment. It was clear early on that she was going to be doing something that combines her two loves: art and science.

She earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and began a career in graphic design that spanned editorial, books, and scientific exhibit design. In 2019 she co-founded S.T.E.A.M.punk Academy and became the Chief Creative Officer. These days she has her dream jobs: being half of the marketing team for the Utah Arts Alliance, the Co-founder and Creative Director of S.T.E.A.M.punk Academy, and the Communications Coordinator for USEE.  She also does freelance graphic design work for various non-profits and paints pet portraits by commission.

Kat Aleman

Kat Aleman is a transplant to Salt Lake City from Austin, Texas where she worked in the music and entertainment industry starting at age 17 in high school and throughout her early 20s. After realizing that punk rock doesn’t pay the bills she then found a career in the medical field but alas, arts and entertainment will always be her home and here she is!

Kat lives her best life as a co-marketing coordinator for Utah Arts Alliance and also works with the UAAs events team on festivals and events including Illuminate Festival, Urban Arts Festival and the SLC WHITE PARTY. She’s not here to tell anyone how to party. She’s just here to say, 'Please, party as hard as you can.’

Paula Webster

Paula Webster, at heart, is a local interests enthusiast and "yay!" maker idealist. She also has a personal interest (and obsessive enthusiasm) over keeping a rolodex of the best vendors, this side of the Wasatch Front, to promote connections and share resources.

As the Spanish Marketing Associate & Translator for the Utah Arts Alliance, she advocates for the UAA's mission to uphold practices in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusivity, by making art opportunities available to everyone. As part of the Events Department, she's able to apply her knowledge of Arts Administration to the production of exciting & creative events. She has also been able to serve her communities in all areas of culture, arts, & film, through supporting & encouraging friendly networks between entrepreneurs and businesses.

Her top desire is to increase awareness about how accessible & interconnected SLC’s unique “social topography” is, by sharing just how diverse our community is, can be, and to keep fostering growth within this beautiful & natural landscape here in Utah.

Her other labors of love include (surprisingly, for being a social ham who recharges with quiet introversion) doing local open mic comedy sets, background acting, karaoke, climbing/hiking, and camping at Green River. The love of her life is her deaf and blind 18 year old cat named Lola (after The Kinks song) because it truly is "a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world, except for Lola".

Kim Angeli

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Kaycee Lane

Kaycee Lane is a transplant from North Carolina and has lived in Salt Lake City for the past 11 years, with her husband, local artist Patrick Charles. She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and minor in History and Criminology with an emphasis in Diversity.

Kaycee is a Jill of all trades, there’s not much she can’t do. Her rich professional and artistic background is why the Utah Art Alliance has welcomed her as the Volunteer Program Manager and Coordinator and an artist in residence at Dreamscapes.

Cultural Facilities & Venues

Alliance Theater

Jay Perry

Jay is an award-winning actor and member of Actor’s Equity Association, having performed in numerous local professional theatre productions as well as in regional productions coast to coast and off-Broadway. He has originated dozens of roles in world and regional premieres with Plan-B theatre company, and has performed with Salt Lake Acting Company, Pioneer Theatre Company, The Grand Theatre, Salt Lake Shakespeare, Pygmalion Productions, The Utah Symphony, Intermezzo Chamber Orchestra, Nova Chamber Music, Paradigm Chamber Orchestra, The Salt Lake Symphony, as well as in numerous film and tv projects. Jay’s voice has been featured locally and nationally by Ballet West, Squatters, Hertz, The Utah Arts Festival, Chair Entertainment for Xbox Live, Reading Horizons, KUER’s Radio West, and many others.

Jay worked for seven years as Program Coordinator and theatre school faculty at the University of Utah Youth Theatre, where he gained valuable experience in arts administration with the largest and longest running theatre school for young people in the state of Utah. Jay has taught acting, improv, speech, movement, and also directed young artists at Utah Theatre Arts Conservatory, the Egyptian Youth Theatre in Park City, Spyhop Productions, and as a teaching artist in residence at The Leonardo.

Jay’s passion for creating new opportunities for artists in his community led him to his work as Co-Director for the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, Utah’s largest annual independent theater festival, and to proudly represent the Utah Arts Alliance in his work with Alliance Theater.

When he’s not on a theatre stage or working behind the scenes, you can catch Jay performing with his family band, The Vitals.

Jonathan King​

Jonathan is a former medical social worker that has joined our team in the arts. With his arts and entertainment background in producing events, shows, and gatherings he has a passion for creating and fostering the Arts and all forms.   Whether you have a small paint night or a Statewide Gathering, Jonathan is ready to help make your ideas a reality.

Scix Maddix

Artist, Producer, Performer, Teacher, Monster Trainer

Art Castle

Jonathan King​​

Jonathan is a former medical social worker that has joined our team in the arts. With his arts and entertainment background in producing events, shows, and gatherings he has a passion for creating and fostering the Arts and all forms.   Whether you have a small paint night or a Statewide Gathering, Jonathan is ready to help make your ideas a reality.

Arts Hub

Jonathan King​​

Jonathan is a former medical social worker that has joined our team in the arts. With his arts and entertainment background in producing events, shows, and gatherings he has a passion for creating and fostering the Arts and all forms.   Whether you have a small paint night or a Statewide Gathering, Jonathan is ready to help make your ideas a reality.

Urban Arts Gallery

Scott Tuckfield

Scott Tuckfield is the manager of the Urban Arts Gallery. When he’s not at the gallery, you can find him painting, playing music with his bands “Under the Covers” and “Tonda Gossa”, or snuggled up with his wife and two cats. A devoted artist himself, Scott finds tremendous inspiration working with the many talented artists in the Salt Lake creative community.

Natalie Garza

Natalie is an artist and teacher in the Salt Lake area, as well as a gallery associate at the Urban Arts Gallery. She has a BA in psychology and studio arts from the University of Colorado Boulder. Natalie teaches adult art classes as well as mentors through Art Access Utah, and has plans to return to school to get a degree in art therapy. When she is not working she enjoys the outdoors through climbing, running, and skiing.

Alaina Bucknam

Alaina is a recent transplant to Utah, relocating to Sugarhouse with her husband in January 2021. She began to work with the UAA's event planning committtees around that time as a volunteer Development Ambassador and has since joined the Urban Arts Gallery staff as a Gallery Associate. She also works as a professional cake decorator. Alaina holds a master's degree in Art History from American University in Washington DC, specializing in the study of Northern Renaissance art through feminist and post-colonial lenses. She has presented her research at several notable venues, including the Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Her previous professional experience lies in the museum industry as an assistant to the Registrar and Collections intern. She intends to dedicate her career to the democratization of the art industry, advocating for the accessibility of art education, arts programming, and artist exposure. A native Vermonter, Alaina was drawn to Utah's amazing outdoor activities and loves to camp, hike, and ski in her free time. 

Isaiah Asiata

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Emily Higgins

Emily is a graduate of the University of Utah where she received a degree in Strategic Communications with a minor in Statistics. Emily grew up with a passion for the arts and was a member of Tanner Dance for 10 years. During her college career Emily interned for Alliance for a Better Utah and Mood Magazine in New York City. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors through camping, mountain biking, and snowboarding.

Counterpoint Studios

Kent Rigby

Kent Rigby is a licensed architect, artist, musician and sound engineer. His notable awards, volunteer work, elected offices, and gallery affiliations include: 

Winner, Mayor’s Award for Visual Art, June 2000. // Public Relations Coordinator, Salt Lake Gallery Association, 1994 - 1995. // Vice President, Salt Lake Gallery Association, 1995 - 1996. // President, Salt Lake Gallery Association, 1996- 2004. // Member Left Bank Gallery artists co-op, 1994 - 2002. // Director of Public Relations, Left Bank Gallery, 1994 - 1998. // Managing Partner and Director, Left Bank Gallery, L.L.C., 1997 - 2002. // Curator, New Visions Gallery, 2003 – 2004. // Member, Advisory Board, Salt Lake Olympic Committee, Cultural Olympiad, 2002. // Member, Advisory Board, Down Town Alliance, First Night New Years Eve Celebration, 1998 - 1999. // Curator, Annual First Night New Years Eve Celebration, Visual Art Exhibition, 1997 – 1999. // Juror, Utah Arts Festival, Visual Arts, 1999, 2004. // Gallery Director, Utah Arts Alliance, 2006 – 2013. // Recording Arts Director Utah Arts Alliance Midnight Records Productions 2007 – Present. // Utah Arts Alliance Board of Directors, 2015 – Present.

Terrance DH

Hi I’m Terrance. I’m a recording engineer and music producer at Counterpoint Studios. I’ve been helping others make records for over 30 years. I’m also a song writer and musician and have played to audiences throughout the US and Europe for the past 30 years. I’m also a proud Dad to two great kids.

Dreamscapes

Suzanne Raia

Suzanne is the Manager of Dreamscapes Immersive Art Exhibit and Art Installation Manager for Illuminate Light Art and Technology Festival.

Suzanne moved to Utah in 2017, to pursue creative interests after 10+ years hustling and managing in the world of Manhattan architects and engineers, where she led teams, excelled at project management and rose to a Director Position.

Inspired by the local art scene, Suzanne has been working to apply her skills to support local arts and find and fill niches and gaps where there was room for creation and growth. She was grateful to discover the Utah Arts Alliance, whose mission coincides powerfully with her own worldview and desire to support artists through financial and material support, as well as networking and exposure in the world. Most recently, Suzanne led a team of artists and builders to create a brand new 17,000 sf immersive art experience in downtown Salt Lake City where she manages operations.

When not at Dreamscapes, you can find Suzanne running around town with her pup Rufus and exploring all the wonders of Utah.

Kaycee Lane

Kaycee Lane is a transplant from North Carolina and has lived in Salt Lake City for the past 11 years, with her husband, local artist Patrick Charles. She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and minor in History and Criminology with an emphasis in Diversity.

Kaycee is a Jill of all trades, there’s not much she can’t do. Her rich professional and artistic background is why the Utah Art Alliance has welcomed her as the Volunteer Program Manager and Coordinator and an artist in residence at Dreamscapes.

Sally Butts

As part of the Dreamscapes Team, Sally is responsible for executing art projects throughout the immersive arts museum. Sally works as hands on floor staff working closely with the public and creating a welcoming artistic experience for people to enjoy.

As a performer, Sally writes her own choreography and does her own costuming. She brings creativity to her performer persona, SuckerPunch Sally, and cultivates the burlesque community through participation, education and close involvement with her peers.

In short a DREAMER! Once the thought has formed, a CREATOR. Costuming Edits and Enhancement, Performance Artist, Conceptual Muralist, and an all around people person, bubbly, energetic, a can do kinda gal!

Ashley Brown

Ashley "Zomby" Brown is a Utah local, born and bred right in Salt Lake City. She has studied arts throughout her professional and personal life, receiving recognition and degrees in Graphic Arts & Design, Photography, and Illustration.  She has been a general lover of all things art, and has been inspired throughout her life by going to "Urban Arts Fest", "Illuminate" and "Connect" programs that the Utah Arts Alliance has put together throughout the years. She started working with the Utah Arts Alliance as Dreamer in 2019 and life has never been the same since!

Her main focus, as of late, has been as a SFX Makeup Artist at Utah's own Fear Factory, as a sculpture artist and fabricator at Dreamscapes, or as a freelance bodypainter.

When she isn't covered in paint, you can find her kayaking, getting into shenanigans with friends, or snuggled up at home with kitties and a video game. 

Scix Maddix

Artist, Producer, Performer, Teacher, Monster Trainer

Derek Craig Green

Derek is a community-loving performance and drag-artist, who professionally dables in painting and crafting. He, or whatever pronoun you prefer to use, has shapeshifted into many a character on several community musical theater stages, thereafter moving toward the direction of the haunted attraction and immersive-theater industry's. Along with Dreamscapes, Derek calls Fear Factory SLC home, as a supervisor and trainer. Being open-minded, and willing to learn, he greatly anticipates what the magical future holds.

Martin Erickson

Martin (Merlin) has been making art all his life from big projects like 18' tall wood dinosaurs to small projects like electric pocket ATVs. He has been in the burner community starting in 2016 when he went to his first Element 11.

Rio Wimmer

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Jonathan King

Jonathan is a former medical social worker that has joined our team in the arts. With his arts and entertainment background in producing events, shows, and gatherings he has a passion for creating and fostering the Arts and all forms.   Whether you have a small paint night or a Statewide Gathering, Jonathan is ready to help make your ideas a reality.

Bo Dean

Greetings good citizens! I am a middle east coast raised enthusiast of family, friends, food, music, and art. I started my love for building in high school constructing sets, which I continued through college. Afterwards, I built various large artistic soundstages and Temples with various builder groups in Utah, Idaho, and Oregon. I love bringing arts and events to the masses. Cheers and see you somewhere nifty soon!

Abby Elison

Enter Abby, a college student studying psychology and criminology. Musician and singer! I love trying new things. So working at Dreamscapes has been perfect! I’ve always been in love with the arts. They are so inclusive, and they really make you feel special. That’s exactly what I try to do at dreamscapes everyday! Every new face is special to me.

Festivals & Event

Kim Angeli

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Paula Webster

Paula Webster, at heart, is a local interests enthusiast and "yay!" maker idealist. She also has a personal interest (and obsessive enthusiasm) over keeping a rolodex of the best vendors, this side of the Wasatch Front, to promote connections and share resources.

As the Spanish Marketing Associate & Translator for the Utah Arts Alliance, she advocates for the UAA's mission to uphold practices in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusivity, by making art opportunities available to everyone. As part of the Events Department, she's able to apply her knowledge of Arts Administration to the production of exciting & creative events. She has also been able to serve her communities in all areas of culture, arts, & film, through supporting & encouraging friendly networks between entrepreneurs and businesses.

Her top desire is to increase awareness about how accessible & interconnected SLC’s unique “social topography” is, by sharing just how diverse our community is, can be, and to keep fostering growth within this beautiful & natural landscape here in Utah.

Her other labors of love include (surprisingly, for being a social ham who recharges with quiet introversion) doing local open mic comedy sets, background acting, karaoke, climbing/hiking, and camping at Green River. The love of her life is her deaf and blind 18 year old cat named Lola (after The Kinks song) because it truly is "a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world, except for Lola".

Cleopatra Balfour

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Michael Christensen

In 2010, Michael Christensen founded a small artist collective in Salt Lake City with a handful of idealistic artisans and creators. Continuing this pursuit, Michael met Derek Dyer, founder and executive director of Utah Arts Alliance. Together, they established the Connect (a free, monthly art event where artists are invited to exhibit their art).

In 2012, Michael was hired among the first of UAA's paid staff as the programming director -- in this capacity, Michael aided the development of numerous programs and departments. Michael was promoted to UAA Operations Manager in early 2020 -- a role in which he could exercise his interests in policies & procedures, organizational structure, communications, as well as project management.

Michael is also a certified "Change Leader" through the Utah Division of Arts and Museums arts administrator program.

Chelsea Bailey

Chelsea has been a part of the Utah Arts Alliance for many years. Not just as a part of the staff, but as a performer as well. She helped found a hoop troupe called Hula Hoopology in 2012, and the space the UAA provided helped it to thrive. She went by Hoopninja during her years with Hula Hoopology as a hula hoop dancer and fire performer. She also coordinated classes, practices, events, and hoop jams with the help of the UAA. She joined numerous fire dance troupes such as Incendiary Circus, Utah Fire Tribe, Voodoo Darlings, and Samba Fogo. She performed for many amazing events including Burning Man, First Night, Element 11, Vernal Hollydays, Earth Jam, and many more throughout her hoop career.

Chelsea joined the UAA family in May of 2017 as a Gallery Associate at the Urban Arts Gallery. She has also been the UAA’s Artist Marketplace Coordinator for the Urban Arts Festival since 2019. She’s on the Events Team and loves the work she does with vendors and as a festival aid. Chelsea loves being a part of Utah’s art community and especially loves her job working for the UAA. The UAA helped her develop into the person she is today, and she is eternally grateful to be a part of such an inspiring organization.

Programs & Media

Arts Sector Project

Michael Christensen

In 2010, Michael Christensen founded a small artist collective in Salt Lake City with a handful of idealistic artisans and creators. Continuing this pursuit, Michael met Derek Dyer, founder and executive director of Utah Arts Alliance. Together, they established the Connect (a free, monthly art event where artists are invited to exhibit their art).

In 2012, Michael was hired among the first of UAA's paid staff as the programming director -- in this capacity, Michael aided the development of numerous programs and departments. Michael was promoted to UAA Operations Manager in early 2020 -- a role in which he could exercise his interests in policies & procedures, organizational structure, communications, as well as project management.

Michael is also a certified "Change Leader" through the Utah Division of Arts and Museums arts administrator program.

Connect

Michael Christensen

In 2010, Michael Christensen founded a small artist collective in Salt Lake City with a handful of idealistic artisans and creators. Continuing this pursuit, Michael met Derek Dyer, founder and executive director of Utah Arts Alliance. Together, they established the Connect (a free, monthly art event where artists are invited to exhibit their art).

In 2012, Michael was hired among the first of UAA's paid staff as the programming director -- in this capacity, Michael aided the development of numerous programs and departments. Michael was promoted to UAA Operations Manager in early 2020 -- a role in which he could exercise his interests in policies & procedures, organizational structure, communications, as well as project management.

Michael is also a certified "Change Leader" through the Utah Division of Arts and Museums arts administrator program.

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Suzanne Raia

Suzanne is the Manager of Dreamscapes Immersive Art Exhibit and Art Installation Manager for Illuminate Light Art and Technology Festival.

Suzanne moved to Utah in 2017, to pursue creative interests after 10+ years hustling and managing in the world of Manhattan architects and engineers, where she led teams, excelled at project management and rose to a Director Position.

Inspired by the local art scene, Suzanne has been working to apply her skills to support local arts and find and fill niches and gaps where there was room for creation and growth. She was grateful to discover the Utah Arts Alliance, whose mission coincides powerfully with her own worldview and desire to support artists through financial and material support, as well as networking and exposure in the world. Most recently, Suzanne led a team of artists and builders to create a brand new 17,000 sf immersive art experience in downtown Salt Lake City where she manages operations.

When not at Dreamscapes, you can find Suzanne running around town with her pup Rufus and exploring all the wonders of Utah.

Bo Dean

Greetings good citizens! I am a middle east coast raised enthusiast of family, friends, food, music and art. I started my love for building in high school constructing sets, which I continued through college. Afterwards, I built various large artistic soundstages and Temples with various builder groups in Utah, Idaho and Oregon. I love bringing arts and events to the masses. Cheers and see you somewhere nifty soon!