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Board of Directors

Jake Kreilick
Melissa Blunt
Immediate Past President
Heidi Starrett
Micki Frederikson
John Calsbeek
Board of Directors
  Kim Anderson – Katie Patten – Jeremy Canwell – Karen Kaufmann – Julie Robitaille – Scott Woodall


Executive Director | Tom Bensen

Tom BensenTom Bensen has lived in Missoula since 1986, and has been the executive director of Arts Missoula since June 2004. Before then he spent 7½ years as director of First Night Missoula. After joining Arts Missoula the two organizations merged. Before life in the nonprofit world, Tom taught high school history and was an owner of Freddy’s Feed and Read, one of Missoula’s legendary cultural institutions. He has served on several local non-profit boards, and has also served on the advisory committee for First Night USA. He has been a singer with the Missoula Symphony Chorale, Dolce Canto and the Ed Norton Big Band. He enjoys being outdoors, whether it is hiking, biking, skiing, walking the dogs, or mowing the lawn. His wife Susan works for Montana Public Radio, and they have one son, Peter, a Hellgate High School graduate. (Email: tom[at]

SPARK! Director | Sienna Solberg

Since 2007, Sienna Solberg has dedicated her professional career empowering and supporting youth by working in various capacities through afterschool programs, therapy programs and volunteer work. She holds a BA in psychology with a minor in studio fine arts from the University of Montana. Sienna has effectively collaborated with numerous community agencies, designed and implemented fundraising and community awareness events, coordinated hundreds of afterschool programs, organized trainings and professional development, served on the Friends of Flagship advisory board, and was nominated for Missoula’s 2017 Outstanding Neighborhood Volunteer award for her leadership and fundraising efforts to install a community park playground. In her spare time, Sienna enjoys everything art, anything creative and spending time with her family. (Email: ssolberg[at]

Marketing Director & Director of First Night | Matt Anglen

Matt AnglenOriginally from Missoula, MT Matt left home to study Playwriting and Digital Cinema at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. After a handful of years getting to know the term “starving artist” in more intimate detail, Matt returned to Missoula with his soon to be wife to begin a family. As the program director, Matt is responsible for scheduling artists, volunteers and venues for such events as Germanfest, The Last Best Solstice, First Night Missoula, as well as other Arts Missoula Events. Matt also coordinates promotions for First Friday events and keeps the monthly gallery guide current. Matt has a strong interest in graphic design and is responsible for many of the poster designs for Arts Missoula events. He has a passion for art and culture, and couldn’t be happier with his current job. (Email: matt[at]

Public Art Coordinator | Kirsten Paisley

Kirsten is both the Public Art Coordinator for Arts Missoula and liaison to the City of Missoula Public Art Committee. She is responsible for project administration and public correspondence pertaining to public art in Missoula and offers administrative support to Arts Missoula and SPARK! Arts’ wide array of events and programming. Originally from Ohio, Kirsten graduated from Butler University with a BM in Vocal Performance. While in Indianapolis, Kirsten sang with the Indianapolis Opera. In 2012 Kirsten toured for Missoula Children’s Theatre as a Tour Actor/Director for 2 years before moving to Missoula in 2015 to become MCT’s Director of Performing Arts Camps. Kirsten has been involved in numerous productions around Missoula; including onstage as Ursula (The Little Mermaid), or Kala (Tarzan) or behind the scenes as Music Director or Choreographer. She has always had a passion for the arts and is excited for the opportunity to help provide the Missoula community a way of regularly interacting with the art world. (Email: kirsten[at]

Director of Global & Cultural Affairs | Udo Fluck

Dr. Udo Fluck is excited to bring two decades of experience in educational program development and training to the position of Director of Global and Cultural Affairs. Udo has directed intercultural and global-competence-building programs at the University of Montana between 2004 and 2016. In recent years he expanded his efforts, providing seminars for Montana’s classrooms, communities, non-profits and businesses, promoting cultural and international cooperation and understanding. Born and raised in Wiesbaden, Germany, Udo came to Missoula in 1989 for his undergraduate and graduate education. He maintains his connection to UM, teaching evening and weekend courses and seminars in cultural awareness and global skill development. Udo, his wife Nancy and their two children enjoy skiing, music, cooking and entertaining local and international friends. Udo is excited to promote and provide increased visibility for Arts Missoula, strengthening cultural diversity and enhancing socio-cultural cooperation. (Email: udo[at] To learn more about the Office of Global & Cultural Affairs, please click HERE!