As a teaching artist, I offer classes and art residencies to people with and without disabilities. I offer classes through COMPAS, VSA, VSA National—an affiliate of The Kennedy Center, MS Society, and independently. I have worked with VSA Minnesota for over ten years and received a Janey Award for creating accessible art projects. In 2011, I received a National Teaching Artist Fellowship from VSA National - A Kennedy Center Affiliate.
I have a BFA in Fine Arts and a Masters degree in Art Education, Special Education. After 25 years of living with multiple sclerosis, I understand facing difficulties head on and finding ways around problems instead of letting them stop me. I believe in bringing out the best in the communities and individuals I work with allowing them to focus on what they can do instead of any perceived limitations.
“She was able to get all of the students involved, even when they were anxious in working with clay. Often it was heard “when is Anne coming back?”
The Achieve Program Brooklyn Park, MN
“Anne’s organizational skills, lesson planning, level of inclusion and appropriateness far exceeded our expectations. Each day Anne arrived early and stayed late. I was amazed at the level of visual art she was doing with our students. This residency included students in grades kindergarden through sixth, as well as, mainstream and special education students. It is my hope that my own students have the opportunity to work with Anne again.”
-Erin K. M. Olsen
-More letters of recommendation on request
Lionsgate Academy Tile Mural Project
100 junior and senior high school students diagnosed with Autism collaboratively designed and created this public mosaic piece for the entrance to their school.