ARAC Board

The function of the ARAC Board is to serve as a panel for the review of grant applications and to facilitate arts development in the Arrowhead Region.  ARAC recruits board members through an open nominations process.  Council members must reside in one of the seven counties in the Arrowhead Region: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis. Sitting ARAC members elect a board of seventeen individuals: one member who resides in each of the seven counties served by ARAC, one member representing Duluth, eight at-large members appointed to provide a balance in specific disciplines or art forms not currently represented on the Council, and a university student liaison member.

ARAC members are chosen for their knowledge, expertise, and involvement in the arts. For more information on how you can become a member of the ARAC Board, email

ARAC Board members transition off on an annual basis.  ARAC accepts applications for board membership all year and individuals may apply at any time.  Click here to download application.  Board terms are three years in duration (one year for the student liaison position) and expire at the end of June. Board members may choose to serve more than one term.

Board Member Login


Jan Carey, Chair
At large: Hibbing
David Beard
At Large: Duluth
Literature/Visual Arts
Mark King
Carlton County
Ken Bloom, Vice-chair
At-large: Duluth
Visual Arts/Music
Adam Guggemos
At-large: Duluth
Tara Makinen
Itasca County
Erling Ellison, Treasurer
Aitkin County
Theater/Visual Arts
John Gregor
At-Large: Lake County
Visual Arts/Literature
Dana Mattice
Literature/Visual Arts
Ann Russ, Secretary
Cook County
Peter Pestalozzi
At-Large: St. Louis County
Visual Arts/Literature
Moira Villiard
Student Liaison
Visual Arts/Music
Michelle Ronning
Lake County
Visual Arts
Catherine Meier
At large: Duluth
Visual Arts/Literature
Kate Fitzgerald
At-large: Grand Marais
Literature/Visual Arts
Shannon Sweeney
At-Large: Proctor