Tami joined Paint Creek Center for the Arts in February 2014. She brings to PCCA 15 years of successful experience with fundraising, special events, community leadership, and organizational management. Previously she was Executive Director of the Eight Mile Road Association where she worked with a Board of Directors comprised of 16 elected officials and a number of business leaders in Southeast Michigan. In this role, Tami established and facilitated collaborative initiatives that advanced important regional relations with tangible results. Tami has also held the position of Sponsorship Manager at the Michigan Thanksgiving Day Parade where she was responsible for raising $3 million annually for two major civic events in Detroit, America’s Thanksgiving Parade® and the International Freedom Festival, as well as sixteen auxiliary events. Under Tami’s leadership, PCCA is expanding its community reach and is creating more opportunities for people in the region to participate in and appreciate the arts.
Director of Art Education
Ellie joined the PCCA staff in January 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Fine Arts from Herron School of Art and Design. Ellie has extensive experience in art education and art workshop development, both as teacher and administrator. Ellie has worked for several non-profit art centers creating educational programming for all ages in places such as North Carolina, Indiana, Michigan, Ghana and India. Ellie believes that art should be accessible to all people and is dedicated to fostering artistic growth in the PCCA community.
Manager of Exhibitions
and Art Market
Megan joined PCCA in April 2015 as a faculty member bringing her love of traditional and multi-media painting to the classroom. In October 2015, Megan joined the PCCA staff as the new Manager of Exhibitions and Art Market. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting and a minor in Art History from Grand Valley State University. While in Grand Rapids, she gained extensive curatorial experience while being a member of Avenue for the Arts and participating in popular events like Art Downtown, First Fridays, and Free Radical. Megan plans to continue educating and sharing her love of art with the PCCA community as well as showcasing the wide range of local and regional talent in our Art Market and Main Gallery.
Amanda joined PCCA as a volunteer in July 2014, and became a member of the PCCA staff first as an Office Assistant in September 2014, and as Programming Coordinator in July 2015. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Wayne State University with a minor in Fine Art. Amanda has a true passion for the arts. She previously worked as a Gallery Associate at an art gallery featuring Asian and Pre-Columbian art and antiques, has travelled to Germany, France and Italy to experience the vast amounts of art and culture, and recently spent a year volunteering in the Gallery Service department at the Detroit Institute of Arts. As part of the Programming Coordinator duo, Amanda handles parties and events, as well as social media content. She also handles the food and entertainment aspects of the Art & Apples Festival. Amanda is so pleased to be a member of the PCCA team, and looks forward to her continued growth with the organization.
Shelby joined the PCCA staff in August 2015. She has completed a 2 year communications internship. Throughout her internship, she was able to gain experience in graphic design, photography, videography, and other forms of digital media. She has produced graphics and motion videos for events as large as 8,000 people. After her time there she worked at a photography studio where she was able to lead and develop their social media and gain more experience with photography. Shelby is excited to be a part of the PCCA team where she can continue to create digital art daily!
Saturday Office Manager
Francis Joined Paint Creek Center for the Arts as an Office Assistant in 2013. From a young age, Francis has enjoyed the artistic opportunities that taking classes at PCCA has provided, as well as seeing the works on display in the gallery. More recently, Francis has enjoyed partaking in a number of PCCA’s ceramics classes. When not at PCCA Francis works locally for Lang’s Inc., a small food production and distribution company. Francis enjoys working with both the staff and faculty of PCCA and can be found at PCCA’s front desk each and every Saturday.