About Kulture Klub Collaborative
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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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.
Program Development Specialist
Board of Directors
Professional Musician and Educator
Zach 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.
Digital Communications Organizer
Reclaim the Block
Zola Richardson is an organizer at Reclaim the Block, a member of Burn Something Collective (a group of Black & POCI artists working at the intersections of curation, publishing, and mentorship), a 2020 Black Futures Lab Public Policy Institute fellow, and a writer + visual storyteller.
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
Romisha has been working with various non-profit organizations for over 12 years, currently working as the Database Specialist 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.
Rapid Results Institute
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 is an investment advisor at Doxa Advisors, providing financial planning and advice to small businesses and families. Previously, he was 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.