Yong Her

Yong Her

Organizational Support

My name is Yong Her. One of my first loves was the arts. I attended the Minneapolis College of Arts and Design, Augsburg College, and graduated from Metropolitan State University, with a degree in Individualized Studies. Within these institutions, I learned drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, ceramics and sculpting. The majority of my career has been working in non-profit organizations. One of my first jobs was at Compas Arts Organization. It gave me the opportunity to see the successes and struggles of working artists. From an organizational perspective, it allowed me to facilitate artists teaching their craft and skills to a host of students across Minnesota. In an educational setting, arts is always one of the courses cut when there are budget shortfalls. With the programs at Compas, I saw how the arts can and do bring communities together, foster creativity, imagination, and pride. Every year they would have a celebration and book printing of selected artworks and writings from students. Parents would bring their children from rural Minnesota to St. Paul, and you could see the smiles and feel the excitement.

My interest in working at MRAC is the opportunity to volunteer and be part of an organization which supports individuals, groups and organizations within the Metro region, and its suburbs. Even though I’ve worked in the non-profit world for many years, I spent a lot of those as a coordinator at the Bush Foundation and in an administrative capacity in other organizations. This is my way to re-engage with the arts, the community and my creative side. In my spare time, I greatly enjoy reading, gardening, biking and the great outdoors. Hopefully, I will put my skills to better use, although I have been enjoying painting peg dolls and small sculptures for my daughter. I look forward to engaging with the MRAC community.
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