Meet the some of the folks who work behind-the-scenes at Ricardo Levins Morales Art Studio.
Elaine Avery (she/her) is our Minister of Finance. When not counting beans, she enjoys dancing, singing, DJing, baking, gardening, carpentry, cabinetmaking and throwing dance parties.
Jeff Nygaard (he/him) 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.
Rowan Fakhoury (they/them) is the Minister of Commerce :), packing and shipping all the beautiful gifts you get for yourself and others :P. They are a mixed, queer, trans & disabled little dandelion puff. Floating & breathing in this world as a community herbalist/brujx, facilitator, farmer, bodyworker (biodynamic craniosacral, reiki & sobada practitioner) , full-spectrum support companion— focus on abortion & loss, organizer, space holder, collaborator, humxn. Their practice is rooted in deep listening, ritual and co-creating a fluid container for nourishment, rest, liberation, joy and unknowns. Navigating the seen + unseen— finding collaboration in the tangible and intangible realms. When not at work, they can often be found giggling and snacking among the plant and other nature & humxn friends.