Meet the bright, beautiful souls that make our organization shine. Feel free to reach out and say hello, we don't bite.
Jen has spent the past 15 years teaching in Montessori schools, learning life lessons from children. Before that, she worked on an organic farm and studied English & Art at Kalamazoo College. In her role at Crosshatch, she is delighted to have a hand in building great educational events, making meaningful connections between people, and promoting good food. Her best day ever would include reading poetry, eating apples, walking the dog with her family, and swimming in Lake Michigan. email@example.com
After spending both her undergraduate and graduate years at California Institute of the Arts, Amanda moved to Northwest Lower Michigan in 2001. Here, she set roots in her community and has focused on her passions: food and art. In 2005, Amanda and her husband Brad founded Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology (née ISLAND). Amanda serves as chair of the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference, which works to build a local vibrant agricultural community. She raises a small flock of chickens and enjoys waltzes and group dances. firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad Kik is the co-founder and co-director of Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology. Brad’s varied background—film study, environmental activism, graphic design, community organizing, traditional music, ecology and permaculture—plays a key role in directing the intention behind Crosshatch's work in the community. Brad also serves on a number of boards reflecting Crosshatch's diverse approach to community building: Earthwork Music, a collective of Michigan musicians; Grass River Natural Area, a 1000+ acre wetland preserve in Antrim County, Michigan, near where Brad calls home; and the Alliance of Artist Communities (AAC), who support and advocate for artist residency programs. Brad also acts as the co-chair of the ecological residencies cohort for the AAC, and helps convene and present their Emerging Programs Institute each year. email@example.com
Jeannie is passionate about food, farming and art. At Crosshatch, Jeannie (with the help of the NMSFC Planning Committee) coordinates the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference. Jeannie also serves as the Artist Residency Coordinator, developing Crosshatch's art programming and residency projects. As a graduate of the University of Michigan's Theatre program, Jeannie is elated to feed her art-filled soul. When Jeannie isn't working in her homestead gardens, feeding chickens, or taking care of children, she is traveling, dancing, cooking, reading, or writing. She knits a fine hat if you can sit her down. firstname.lastname@example.org