About Kulture Klub Collaborative

Our Story

KKC was founded by artist Dorit Cypis in 1992 and is now under the direction of Crystal Brinkman. Since its inception, KKC has partnered with YouthLink to access the homeless youth community. KKC is a valued member of the homeless youth serving community, with numerous partners in the metro area, and thousands of dollars of in-kind donations.

No other arts organization in Minnesota works with this population in this long term way. Without KKC, these youth would not have access to consistent arts programming. Entering its third decade of programming, KKC has served over 6,500 homeless youth. KKC has attended over 1000+arts events at over 100 local arts and cultural venues in the Twin Cities.

KKC is an independent 501(c)3 arts organization that brings together artists and homeless youth in the Twin Cities. Through multi-disciplinary workshops, open mics, artist residencies, and art outings (ArtView), KKC brings dignity and respect to these special young people as they enter adulthood.

 

 

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Staff

Crystal Brinkman

Crystal Brinkman

Executive Director

Crystal is the Executive Director of Kulture Klub Collaborative.  As an experienced youth worker, she is committed to creating change and opportunity for young people.  She helped found the social enterprise and non-profit bicycle shop Full Cycle and managed that program for seven years.  As a long time performing artist and musician, Crystal has been in several local bands and continues to perform with various ensembles.  She believes that art can heal and transform lives and our communities and is passionate about helping to make that happen.

Krysta Rayford

Krysta Rayford

Youth Development Specialist

Krysta is the Youth Development Specialist at Kulture Klub Collaborative. A performing and teaching artist based in Minneapolis, Krysta graduated from the University of Wisconsin and returned to the Twin Cities to facilitate arts programming. An experienced youth counselor with a background in special education, Krysta is very excited to be a part of KKC. She believes that access to the arts is a gateway to wellness, empowerment and transformation for all.

Board of Directors

Zachary Bagaason

Board Member

Professional Musician and Educator

Zack is a musician, producer, and educator in the Twin Cities. Through youth work in the Beacons program, Zach developed a small studio and workshop called “Beats & Rhymes” that continues to teach hands-on experience in songwriting and production in various Beacons afterschool sites. This lead to contracting with more organizations, such as KKC, Intermedia Arts, HOPE Community, & Pillsbury United Communities, doing similar work with youth, young adults, and senior citizens. Since 2009, he’s been an adjunct instructor at McNally Smith College of Music teaching Hip-Hop production. Zach continues to create in his spare time, and by joining the KKC board, seeks to help provide more access to quality learning opportunities for young artists.

Ashley Duffalo,

Board Member

Design Studio Manager

Walker Art Center

Ashley currently serves as board president. She comes to the Kulture Klub board with over 14 years of programming and project management experience. She is currently the design studio manager at the Walker Art Center, where she previously held roles as the program manager for both family programs and public and community programs. Ashley’s passion for socially engaged art, working with artists, and empowering youth through the arts led her to join the board in 2013.

Romisha Gray

Treasurer

Events and Philanthropy Coordinator

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota

Romisha currently serves as board treasurer.  She has been working with various non-profit organizations for over 10 years, currently working as the Events and Philanthropy Coordinator for Goodwill-Easter Seals and the Scheduling Manager for The Barbara Schneider Foundation an organization that provides crisis intervention training.  Romisha currently specializes in database management and assists with budgeting for her organizations.  Romisha was born in Louisiana, raised in Minneapolis and currently lives in Little Canada, MN.  During her spare time, Romisha likes to create wilderness adventures, finding peace and beauty in the world around her.

Angelina Momanyi

Board Member

Educator

Anoka-Hennepin School District

Angelina is a teacher and community organizer. She joined the KKC board in 2016. She graduated from Macalester college with a degree in American Studies. Angelina is currently pursuing her Master’s in Teaching at Hamline University. She believes in youth, charcuterie, and the power of social justice through art.

Ethan O’Brien

Board Member

Communications Officer

Program in Human Sexuality

U of M Medical School

Ethan O’Brien is the Communications Officer for the Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Ethan worked with Kulture Klub as an arts administrator prior to his current position. Ethan is passionate about economic, racial, and gender justice. He enjoys being close to the ocean, and being with his family. Ethan is dedicated to the future of Kulture Klub!

Katherine Suchomel

Secretary

Director of Development & Communications

Minnesota Alliance With Youth

Kate joined the KKC board in 2012 and is board secretary. She is the Development and Community Relations Coordinator at Women’s Advocates, Inc, the first shelter for battered women and their children in the country.  She executes the shelters’ fundraising and grant writing, coordinates the volunteer program and educates the community about the issues of domestic and dating violence.  A former Peace Corps volunteer, Kate has experience with various nonprofit organizations in fundraising, program development, outreach and event planning.  Kate is a frequent volunteer with the Headwaters Foundation for Justice and a member of their Social Change Fund Committee. Kate graduated from the University of Minnesota and is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at the Humphrey Institute.

Malik Watkins

President

Professional Rap Artist

Fresh Heir, LLC

Malik joined the KKC board in 2011 and he currently serves as board development committee chair and Vice President. He joined the board with a strong interest in the arts, working with youth of color and education. Malik’s previous experiences were in business as an Operations Analyst, Assistant Operations Manager and Senior Account Manager with Travelers Insurance and Axis Capital. He is now pursuing his passion as an entrepreneur, hip hop artist and youth teacher. In addition, he is involved with event coordination/planning and mentoring in the Twin Cities. He loves spending time in Minneapolis and St. Paul and currently resides in Richfield, MN.

Maya Weisinger

Board Member

Community and Public Partnerships Coordinator

Walker Art Center

Maya is the Access and Audiences Coordinator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. She focuses on building and sustaining relationships with community members by creating lines of access to resources, programming and opportunities at the Walker. Maya aims to build more equitable and inclusive practices into programs through contemporary visual and performing arts, moving image and public programming. Maya graduated with a BA in American Studies from Macalester College in 2012 and is dedicated to engaging the intersection of social impact and the arts through all of her work. Maya serves on the board of USA Cooperative Youth Council, an organization which works to empower youth to engage in the philosophy and practices cooperation, especially as they relate to leadership development. She also serves as an AchieveMpls Graduation Coach at Roosevelt High School. Outside of work she takes the stage as a singer, guitarist and violinist in a local band called Avalon Moon.