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Mission

Our mission is to provide students in Flint and Genesee County with access to art programs designed to reinforce interdisciplinary learning, promote creative thinking, and teach expression through a variety of media.

Vision

The Young Artistic Minds organization will employ teaching artist to work with classroom teachers to create the highest standards of instruction in arts education through visual arts and art history. By providing art education to our young students they will increase their knowledge to be creative thinkers, problem solvers, communicators, and collaborators that will develop and stimulate their imagination across all disciplines.

The Young Artistic Minds organization will provide art classes in the schools where they have put them on the chopping block due to budget constraints. Our classes will include: drawing, painting, two & three-dimensional design, photography, sculpture, as well as learning to exhibit their artwork. Students learn about the famous artists from around the world.

We will provide workshops and lesson plans for teachers and school administrators who would like to integrate art into their curricula.

Who We Are

 

Anna Schuller, Executive Director/  Founder & Treasurer     

Schuller is married to her wonderful husband, Frank. for almost 20 years. She has three grown children, eleven grandchildren, and one great-grandson who starts second grade this fall.  She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts-Studio Art in Photography at University of Michigan-Flint.  Schuller  also received her Master’s  in the  Arts Administration Program through the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan Flint.  In her earlier career she worked as a Supervisor for two different financial institutions. She has worked as a Para Professional in the Davison schools and taught religious education classes to first and second graders at her church. She has served as President of the Board of Directors for her churches 50 & Over club for five years.  She also worked at Red Ink Flint Art Gallery as Office Manager/Director.

Kurtis Dunckel, Board of Directors, President

Dr. Kurt Dunckel graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in physiology in 1978 and DVM in 1982 from the College of Veterinary Medicine. He started Dunckel Veterinary Hospital in 1991 and built the current building in 1995. Dr. Dunckel’s special interest is in all types of surgery. He is the past president of the Saginaw Valley Veterinary Medical Association and of the Davison Optimist Club. He has also been involved with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters for several years and in his spare time loves to golf. Dr. Dunckel and his wife Debbie have two sons, Ryan and Alex, 2 grandchildren, one  cat “Sparty” and Australian Cattledog “Hogan”.

 Kimberly A. Laux, MA, Board of Directors,
 Vice President

Laux is currently a lecturer/advisor for the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint. She has taught communication courses at Saginaw Valley State University and worked in the fields of research and university/public/media relations at the University of Michigan-Flint as well as abroad at the Institute of Arable Crops Research (now Rothamsted Research) in Harpenden, England. For the past decade, Laux has worked as a freelance writer for several clients/publications, including the University of Michigan-Flint, College for Creative Studies, Cana Family Institute, Cranbrook, Real Detroit Weekly, The Flint Journal, FAITH Publishing and livestrong.com among others.

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 Kira Urban, Board of Directors Secretary

Urban was born and raised in Chile. She came to the United States as a student during the year 2017 and  absolutely loves it. She is  planning on attending MSU when she graduates from Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan and majoring in business.  Urban is  passionate about painting and how you are able to express yourself through art. Art in general has been a big part of her life and  has helped her through some things in life and helped her become who she is today Art  has helped Urban grow and  has always been a way for her to just be herself.