Katie Baker - Development Coordinator
Katie Baker has known her passion was in the arts from a young age. The first time she saw “Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh was in second grade. She remembers being enamored by the rich colors of the artwork. Her passion continued to grow when she wrote her first research paper on Van Gogh in ninth grade. While Katie has never been a successful artist, studying, researching and enjoying art has grown her heart. Art can calm, excite, inspire and educate its viewers while also being statements for politics and religion. Music has long been an important factor in her life as well. She began playing the flute in fifth grade and continued through high school. She attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan for three summers, played in her high school marching band and full orchestra. Katie comes from a long line of musicians. Her grandfather played in an Army band during WWII, both her parents played instruments and her cousins continue to play in a community band every summer in a small town on Lake Michigan.
Katie’s passion for the arts has flourished her career in the museum field and other arts. While she was the exhibition coordinator at an art and history museum, she was also on the board of directors for a local theater company. Since moving to the Twin Cities two years ago, Katie has interned at a museum and is currently the curator for the Hennepin Medical History Center inside HCMC. She is growing her knowledge of the arts as a graduate student at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for Arts and Cultural Management.
Katie has begun volunteering for Viva Musica because she understands firsthand the impact arts has on children and the joy it can bring to their life.