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

Alissa Paris

Alissa Paris

Youth Development Specialist

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.

Alissa Paris is a performance artist, choreographer, and youth advocate from the West Bank neighborhood in downtown Minneapolis. With a BA in dance theater and social justice, she cares deeply about the intersections of social change and art. She has worked for over ten years as a hip-hop dance instructor working with youth and adults, and also performing around the twin cities. She has showcased her skills as a choreographer at Intermedia Arts, Patrick’s Cabaret, the MN Pride Festival, and the MN Fringe Festival to name a few. Paris has been involved with the Black Box Theater Program at Washburn High School since 2009, mentoring young adults as they explore identity and social change through performance art. She is the director of MidWest Mixed, hosts of the biennial MidWest Mixed Conference. She is both excited and honored to be a part of the Kulture Klub team, where she can serve the community she grew up in.

Joy Spika is a dedicated youth worker, teaching artist, muralist and musician. She is a practicing artist who has been enganging with both youth and emerging artists in the Twin Cities since receiving her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Joy is passionate about working with young people who want to explore the possibilities of what the arts has to offer them, and hopes to help elevate the experience of Kulture Klub.

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.

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 and currently serves as the chair of the Board Development Committee. 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. 

Katherine Suchomel

President

Director of Development & Communications

Minnesota Alliance With Youth

Kate joined the KKC board in 2012 serves as president. Kate works with Minnesota Alliance With Youth, spearheading the development and communications activities at the Alliance, securing funding from a wide base of donors and aligning communications, media and advocacy to actively engage supporters.   Before joining the Alliance team, Kate managed the development and community outreach programs at Women’s Advocates, Inc., the first domestic violence shelter in the nation. Kate enjoys gardening, playing soccer, and exploring her “Nordeast” Minneapolis neighborhood with her husband and two sons.

Ethan O’Brien

Secretary

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. He currently serves as Secretary and chair of the Development committee (DEVO). 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!

Malik Watkins

Board member emeritus

Professional Rap Artist

Fresh Heir, LLC

Malik joined the KKC board in 2011. 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 emeritus

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.