After moving to Boulder in 2013, Kathy was able to rediscover her high school interest in ceramics. She took classes from Nancy Utterback and others at the Pottery Lab, and was able to pursue more advanced classes through ESAI. During Covid, she started painting with pastels. When it comes to art, Kathy relates to those who don’t necessarily identify as an artist, but experience tremendous restorative value from immersing themselves in the practice of art. It gives her energy to serve the larger community.
Before moving to Boulder, Kathy lived in Massachusetts while raising her family. During that time Kathy worked in the computer industry, developing online information technology (before the internet was a thing), and then continued to provide innovative information solutions in the tech industry as the Internet Revolution transformed how we access information. As a graduate of Stanford’s Product Design and Art Design programs, Kathy approaches everything she does as an opportunity for creative problem solving, a process that starts with identifying a need. A great example of this approach came while helping to solve a communication problem in the small town where she lived, where the only news source was the gossip you heard at the local coffee shop, library and town transfer station. Kathy created and published a digital news website and introduced the use of online discussion forums (pre-Facebook) to the community. In addition to techies, she also got small-town farmers, shut-in elders, and stay-at-home parents to participate in the online discussions and rely on her newspaper for the scoop on local activities and politics. That activity ultimately contributed to a broader and better-informed voter base, and showed her she could be successful as a community organizer. So, when Kathy saw the public-school arts programs suffering from funding cutbacks, she played an instrumental role in establishing a non-profit group that ultimately opened doors to opportunities for students whose families were more economically challenged.