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.

Joy Spika

Joy Spika

Program Development Specialist

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 President

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.

Crystal Vital-Schwartz

Youth Services Manager

Model Cities 

Romisha Gray

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.

Marney Thomas

Member

Director of Membership and Advocacy

Minnesota Social Service Association

Marney joined the board in 2019 after being a long time supporter of all things KKC! Marney considers herself a youth worker at heart, despite moving on from the field to pursue her passion for public policy and social justice. Marney is a recent graduate from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the former Director of Partnerships and Community Engagement for YouthLink. In addition to trying to keep up with her two small children and being in awe of experiencing our world through their eyes, Marney enjoys a good game of Bocce ball!

Sam Winter

Treasurer

Director of Finance
Thrivent Financial

Sam is the Director of Finance at Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500 financial services company located in the Twin Cities.  Sam currently serves as Board Treasurer.  Away from work, he’s a runner, art enthusiast and traveler.