meet our Executive Director
Emily Christensen is a Holland-based artist who is passionate about creating art for communities and creating communities for artists. With a BA in International Studies and Sociology from Hope College and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from the University of Chicago, Emily offers a global perspective on how the arts affect individuals and cultures near and far. She has volunteered and worked with youth in Holland, Zeeland, Chicago and Lansing for over 20 years through organizations like Young Life, Youth for Christ, Catholic Social Services, Lakeshore Vineyard Church, Cran-Hill Ranch, Holland Public Schools, Hope College and the University of Chicago. In addition to teaching after school and summer arts programs in Lansing, Holland and Bethlehem, she has served as a founding board member of Capital City Vineyard Church, 3-Sixty, and Eighth Day Farm. Emily is delighted to be a part of CultureWorks, where creativity blossoms into careers, and where students are encouraged to grow holistically - physically, mentally, spiritually, and relationally - as artists.