North Street Collective gives artists and the local community time and space to share their stories and produce new work. At the North Street Collective, artists and creative thinkers:
have time, space, and support to produce new work;
ask questions and try new approaches;
share knowledge and build connections;
explore stories about place, identity, and the natural environment; and
infuse new energy, ideas, and activity into local economic, civic, and cultural life.
We offer a curated Artist Residency Program, an apprentice program, exhibits, classes, and workshops, pop up community art… and we with everyone we can to share our work and build community!
Natasha is an educator and artist who appears frequently in musical productions of all sorts in the Bay Area and throughout the US. Natasha is the founding artistic director of the SF-based Women’s vocal ensemble, Musae. She performed her original one woman show, “Learning to Breathe” at the Marsh Theater in San Francisco and has collaborated with numerous prominent performers, writers, stage directors and conductors.
Natasha has also dedicated a substantial portion of her professional life as an educator and advocate for public education. A Teach for America Corps member and Coro Fellow, Natasha taught junior high school in the South Bronx, where she founded the school’s drama program and developed an early college English curriculum that emphasized inter-disciplinary writing and the arts. After returning to San Francisco, Natasha played a leadership role in several initiatives in support of public schools. Natasha is the former Executive Director of the Silver Giving Foundation and Senior Partner of California Education Partners.
Artist Noel Woodhouse was born and raised in Willits and earned a B.S. in Spanish from UC Davis and a certificate in Green Building from Merritt College. He has returned home to educate and inspire a new generation of Willits youth. He teachers Green Building at local high schools and at Mendocino Community College. He is the founder of Willits High School’s Green Building Program.
Hannah holds a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University and is currently a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley. In June 2014, she will begin her tenure at UCLA as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Hannah’s research interests include the anthropology of capitalism; U.S. oil and gas firms in Africa; the economic imagination. She is married to the sculptor James Crosby.
Gary attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and Stanford University, and served for more than thirty years as deputy counsel at the University of California Office of the General Counsel. He is a lifelong community leader and supporter of the arts, and is married to the violist and artist Gerry Morrison.
Arts Council of Mendocino County Executive Director, Alyssum Weir, was formerly the assistant director at I-20, a contemporary art gallery in the Chelsea district of New York City. Alyssum has also managed the studios of contemporary artists in New York City; was the membership coordinator at Grantmakers in the Arts (Seattle); and completed internship programs at the Alliance for the Arts (NY) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC). Alyssum is also a jewelry artist whose work can be found at boutiques in Mendocino and Sonoma. She graduated from Kenyon College in 1996 with a B.A., double major in English Literature (poetry emphasis) and Psychology; and from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2004 with an M.A. in Arts Administration.
North Street Collective is a Program of Community Initiatives, an organization that enables individuals and groups, working together, to create and invest in projects that benefit the public.
We are so grateful for the support and inspiration of the following partners: