PortalWisconsin.org proudly presents our team of artists, arts advocates, historians and community activists, who volunteer their time to bring you this blog:
|Jodi Anderson is a crafter and artist who has spent all of her life loving Wisconsin, its geology and geography, its history and its people. In addition to blogging for ten years, she also writes and creates photo essays for other sites on such topics as crafting, living with serious health issues, and finding beauty in the mundane. Jodi keeps a journal at Daybook: A Keeping of Days and some photos at www.jodianderson.com.
|Jessica Becker is the Director of Public Programs at the Wisconsin Humanities Council, where she has worked since 2001. She has a Masters in Museum Education from George Washington University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At the WHC, Jessica works directly with humanities experts and cultural organizations around the state.|
|Michael Bridgeman recently retired as communications director for Wisconsin Public Television. He served on the Madison Arts Commission for ten years, including two as chair. He is also active with the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation where he leads historic walking tours and serves on the board.|
|Brian D’Ambrosio is a writer and editor living in Madison, Wisc., and Missoula, Mont. His articles have been published in local, regional, and national publications. For more information, visit www.briandambrosio.net.|
|Michael Goc has taken a break from blogging for Portal Wisconsin while he completes two book projects. He has authored numerous books on Wisconsin historical subjects. Eight of these have received Awards of Merit from the Wisconsin Historical Society, including Powder, People and Place (2003) and Forward in Flight (1998). Michael is the founder and president of the New Past Press Inc., which specializes in publishing historical books by Wisconsin authors. He is based in Friendship, Wis.
|Ricky Rolfsmeyer of rural Hollandale is the executive director of Wisconsin Rural Partners, and in 2011, he was elected the national chair of Partners for Rural America. He also serves his community as the school board president of the Pecatonica Area Schools, as volunteer director of Grandview Museum and Academy, and in many other organizations and projects.
|Al Ross has more than 30 years experience as a broadcast and creative marketing director. He currently produces and hosts Spectrum West, a Friday afternoon radio program airing on WHWC 88.3 Menomonie/Eau Claire and WRFW 88.7 River Falls, Ideas Network stations of Wisconsin Public Radio; the program showcases music, art, entertainment, literature and theater in West Wisconsin. Al is also a cast member of The Big River Radio Wave, a musical variety show performed and recorded live at the Big River Theater in Alma, Wisconsin, and re-played on WPR. He lives on the meandering shores of Bridge Creek in the thriving metropolis of Augusta, Wis.|
|Dayle Quigley founded Northwoods Strings in 2004 to bring string instrument instruction to the students of the Hayward and Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation school districts. The program has grown rapidly–from 14 students the first year to 67 today. Recently, she won the Rabin Youth Arts Award for her achievement in teaching and program development. In her spare time, Dr. Quigley is an ER physician.
|Evelyn Patricia Terry, a full-time professional visual artist based in Milwaukee, earned BA & MS degrees at the University of Wisconsin and an MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has artwork in over 400 public and private collections, including the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Haggerty Museum, Racine Art Museum and the Museum of Wisconsin Art. She is available to jury exhibitions, serve as guest curator, present lectures, host workshops, and exhibit theme-based artwork. Visit www.evelynpatriciaterry.com to learn more.|
|Emily Umentum is a development assistant at Northwoods Niijii Enterprise Community, Inc. in Lac du Flambeau, Wis., as well as an apprentice bookbinder. She has worked and volunteered with a number of community arts and education organizations in the Midwest and abroad. From puppet theaters to women’s shelters, organic farms to language schools, she brings a diverse array of experiences to bear in her writing.|