I'm a native Montanan with a degree in Communication Studies from the University of Montana. I've enjoyed working in the non-profit world, as well as the brink gallery here in Missoula for the last several years. Living Art allows me to blend my love for art with my desire to help others and do meaningful work.
Things I say: Oh my word!/OMW!
Skills: writer, lost item finder, uncanny knack for remembering people's names whom I've only met once, gift-giving - I buy Christmas and birthday gifts year-round
I love: Sci-fi, LEGOs, reading, hiking the 'M' with my kids, and travel
Tracy Pohndorf, MFA, is the Program Director at Living Art. From a very young age Tracy was drawn to making art and has maintained this relationship throughout her life for many reasons: for fun, for refuge, for clarity and for strength. Clay has been her medium of choice and she thinks playing with clay is one of the perfectly messiest and relaxing things you could ever do. Tracy’s in her 6th year at Living Art and couldn’t be happier to be working at a place where art feeds the soul and is seen as a part of everyday life and health. She considers the best part of the job to be holding a space where people can discover the power and practice of creativity.
Favorite way to relax: Hiking far away from cell service. National Parks are like sanctuaries for me.
Things I say: Do I have everything…do I have everything…do I have everything…yes I do!
Superpower: I’m told I’m a “super connector.” I analyze info & find meaningful connections.
Amy is the founder of Studio Verde Creative, a full-service creative agency specializing in shaping and sharing stories through branding, graphic design, and website design & development.
A graduate of Leadership Montana, Amy serves on the Missoula Alumni Committee, is a founding board member of the Red Ants Pants Foundation, and serves on the board of directors of Garden City Harvest.
Amy celebrated living two years cancer-FREE in September 2017 and continues to celebrate every day. She is an ambassador for the American Cancer Society - Cancer Action Network, and is committed to helping improve health outcomes through building resiliency. She is a member of the Silver Lining Foundation, dedicated to supporting women following diagnosis and treatment of cancer, primarily through Dragon Boat racing.
Favorite workshop at Living Art: All of them.