Debbie has been very active in the Delano Community since she moved into the area in 1997. She considers herself as a “community catalyst” by bringing various individuals, organizations or institutions together. She is the spark that ignites them to work together to bring positive changes to Delano.
Debbie has led or been actively involved in many start-up projects, organizations and events in the community, including the Delano Dream Team, Delano Farmers Market, Big Woods Garden Club, Delano Area Community Garden, Delano Fall Heritage Festival, Delano Council for Arts and Culture, Delano Old-Fashioned Christmas, Delano Sculpture Garden and the Delano Community Market. Debbie was a field consultant for the Initiative Foundation’s Healthy Community Partnership
program. She worked with other communities in Central Minnesota to help them identify projects that are healthy to the whole town or city. Debbie believes that art is a critical part of a healthy community. It gives the town or neighborhood pride and a unique identity,
making it more inviting to families, investments and economic growth.
Sarah Hellmich is a long time Delano resident, with an interest in our community. While her boys were in school, she was active in Delano PIE and school activities. Now that her boys are grown, she chairs the Delano Area Community Foundation, is active in the Delano United Methodist Church and holds the treasurer position for the Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture. Sarah believes that art and culture are an important part of a healthy community; that can bring people together.
Solveig Lawrence (Secretary) has served on the Delano Arts Council since 2018. She has been a lifelong arts enthusiast beginning with her exploration of the Minneapolis art and music scene as a high school student. After graduating from Minnehaha Academy she moved to Chicago to earn her degree in Communication Arts from DePaul University where she apprenticed with CBS news division. That led her to New York City where she worked as an account executive and editor for New York Advertising Agencies. She concurrently studied acting at Stella Adler Studios in New York City, and later earned her master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota. Solveig currently teaches at Hilltop Elementary in Westonka where she continues to share her love, appreciation, and support for the visual and performing arts with her students.
Tamra lives in Independence, MN and works for theGreat River Regional Library Tamra works as a liaison between the library and the Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture. She thrives when surrounded by any art in the vicinity and constantly dabbles in new art ventures. She also teaches youth art classes in the community to share her appreciation for art to the next generation.
Amy Johnson lives in Delano and joined the Arts Council in 2017. Amy joined the council to help expand music and performing arts programs in the area. She helped form the Delano Community band in 2017 and organized several fundraising concerts.
Amy holds a masters degree in organizational management and operates a small communications consulting business. She also writes as a freelance correspondent for the Herald Journal.