Meet the some of the folks who work behind-the-scenes at Ricardo Levins Morales Art Studio.
Elaine “Marigold” Avery is our Minister of Finance. Her special talents include singing, DJing (as in mixing records) baking, gardening, carpentry and cabinetmaking. Marigold is dedicated to social justice and building a more democratic society. Working at RLM Arts, she draws on her collective experiences from The Wireless Virus free radio collective (Milwaukee, WI), the Free Radio Twin Cities Collective, Arise! Bookstore and the Seward Cafe. She has an Associate of Applied Science in Cabinetmaking and certificates in Small Business Accounting from Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She’s also a mom.
Tori Hong is our Minister of the Interior. Tori assists the artist with his left-brain functions and packs and ships most of the orders that come in the shop. In 2014, Tori graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Social Justice, Leadership and Communication Studies. Outside of RLM Art Studio, Tori helps coordinate the Twin Cities People of Color & Indigenous Peoples Figure Drawing and Painting Group – send them an email if you’re interested in learning more! In their free time, Tori enjoys cuddling with their cats, being amazed by the world around them, and creating all kinds of art. You can find their work online at artbytori.tumblr.com.
Jeff Nygaard is The Button Man at RLM Art Studio, making all of the pin-back buttons that you see on the website, as well as all sorts of custom buttons for use in organizing drives, campaigns, rallies, and almost any special event or occasion you can imagine. He also makes stickers, magnets, and a variety of other promotional/organizing products. But, beyond buttons…
Jeff is a working-class intellectual of Norwegian, German, and Irish heritage who grew up in a small town in southern Minnesota. Jeff has been an activist, writer, editor, and teacher based in Minneapolis for the past 40 years, and has worked at a variety of jobs, including work as a snow shoveler, courier, grocery store worker, and cab driver. Since September of 1998 he has published his own free newsletter on media, politics, and culture called “Nygaard Notes: Independent Periodic News and Analysis.” His work has appeared in the Star Tribune, Z Magazine, Counterpunch, Access Press, and various other publications.
E-mail subscriptions to Nygaard Notes are free, and paper subscriptions are available for the cost of printing and mailing. Find subscription information on the web at nygaardnotes.org, or email Jeff at nygaard (at) nygaardnotes.org.