Business news from Grinnell

The Grinnell Area Arts Council is pleased to announce the addition of Monica St. Angelo as its new Operations Manager.

 St. Angelo, who holds a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, danced professionally before attending college, has worked in a variety of positions with Grinnell College, and is also well-known in the community for her work as a yoga instructor, business operator, choreographer and volunteer.

 “I’m delighted to return to my arts roots and join the Grinnell Area Arts Council in an official capacity,” states St. Angelo. “Since my family moved to Grinnell 19 years ago, GAAC programming has been an important part of our life here, whether Music in the Park, community theater, or kids’ classes. I’m looking forward to working with everyone involved in GAAC and playing a more active role in supporting the arts in Grinnell.”

 The position filled by St. Angelo will combine the functions of Katie In and Nikki Laug, both of whom have decided to leave the Arts Council at the end of the summer. In will pursue her career as a creative artist and Laug will move back toward her career as a school counselor. Both will assist with the transition at the Arts Council.

 “Katie and Nikki have been great employees at the Arts Council, and we will miss them,” says Arts Director Tom Lacina. “At the same time we fully understand and support their desire to follow careers they are passionate about. The addition of Monica St. Angelo as Operations Manager and the continuing work of Alesia Lacina in the areas of education and marketing graphics, Mary Emge in education, and Erik Jarvis in the areas of event management and building coordination, as well as the many other arts leaders involved, will continue to support strong arts programming for the community.”