Kayla brings a passion for the power and possibility art provides in rural communities and economies.
She is a strong, emerging advocate for arts in northern Minnesota and across the Northern Great Plains. As Gallery Director at MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, she curates gallery presentations that are aesthetically impressive, incorporates research and visibility narratives, and coordinates member and public programs. She has presented to the Minnesota Indian Business Alliance, Intercultural Leadership Institute and Northern Great Plains History Conference on topics such as international cultural exchange, artist statements, the cosmology of Lakhol wočhekiye and the emergence of Lakota culture across mixed media industries.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in American Indian Studies from St. Cloud State University, and is pursuing a Masters of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership at the University of Minnesota. She has been a fellow at the Intercultural Leadership Institute and has participated in the National Education for Women (NEW) Leadership Development Institute. She has been published in the Banff Centre for Art and Creativity’s Indigenous Art Journal, and has been an ambassador for the InterCorps Council of Minnesota.
Kayla is an enrolled citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She was a Promise Fellow at Greenway High School, previously served as Vice Chair of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and is currently a member of the program advisory committee for the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Locally, she is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids and Greenway and United Way of 1000 Lakes. She also serves on the Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission.
Trustee since 2019.