Kim McCarty, Executive Director
Kim brings over 20 years of experience in community relations, marketing, communications, human resources and fundraising to PlatteForum. Kim’s most recent position was as the director of Marketing & Development with the Art Students League where she helped ASLD create new funding sources while dramatically increasing the League’s exposure. Kim studied journalism and art at Arizona State University and continues to dabble in visual art and creative writing as a hobby. She has volunteered for multiple nonprofit organizations, has sat on multiple boards including the Art District on Santa Fe, and is a member of the DAM Associates and MCA Denver.
Rebecca Vaughan, Artistic & Programming Director
Rebecca received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and BFA cum laude in Sculpture at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Ms. Vaughan has fifteen years of teaching at the college level and mentoring emerging artists, having served as the former Chair of Fine Arts and Head of Sculpture at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. She also worked as the Program Director of the Art Students League of Denver and held a residency as a Resource Artist at Redline Denver from 2011-2013. Previously she worked as the project manager for Ann Hamilton’s 2008 Circles of O performance, and assisted in other projects in Dialog: City, a city-wide arts event for the Democratic National Convention in Denver. She served as an Artist-Teacher for the Vermont College of Fine Art and was a visiting instructor at Bowling Green State University, OH.
Amanda Flores, Youth Programming Coordinator
Amanda is a youth activist dedicated to creating space for students to explore the arts. After graduating from Colorado College with a degree in Creative Writing, she realized her passion for community building and social change. Amanda found that one of the most valuable aspects of art-making was sharing the process and experience with others. She spent the last three years developing a one-on-one mentorship for youth experiencing homelessness to develop a personal art practice and address social justice issues affecting their lives. Through her work Amanda has fostered a deep appreciation for the different ways youth learn and how art holds space for everyone’s experience. She is a lover of poetry, experimental art-making, walkabouts in the forest and wild rumpus.
Board of Directors
Beth Moyski, (Chairperson) Downtown Denver Partnership
Michael Gadlin, (Vice Chairperson)
Artist, former PlatteForum Resident Artist (2010)
Daniel Flora, (Secretary) OZ Architecture
Keith Ambuhl, (Treasurer) Entrepreneur
Jerry Barnett, (Immediate past Co-Chairperson) Moments Notice Entertainment
Renata Dolz, (Immediate past Co-Chairperson) The Art Connection
Jonathan Kelley, Wells Fargo
Mariette Moore, ARTINFO
Brendan Picker-Mahoney, Arts & Venues, City of Denver
Megan Vizina, Colfax Community Network
Kim McCarty, Executive Director, PlatteForum (non-voting)
Leilani Abeyta, ArtLab Intern, Senior at Colorado Academy High School (non-voting)
Rogelio Munoz Vargas, ArtLab Intern, Senior at DSST Cole High School (non-voting)
Interested in joining our board? Contact us to learn more!
I believe that our youth is often marginalized and I believe that art allows them to express themselves and be better heard. At PlatteForum the skills taught related to communication skills, discipline, delivery, and leadership reach beyond the creation of art and provide the youth with self-confidence and skills that result in skills for life.
“I value the incredible job PlatteForum does in connecting talented artists with underserved youth in Denver, giving both artists and youth an opportunity to learn from one another. It’s wonderful to see what a positive impact PlatteForum has had in our community.”
"I have been involved in the arts since I was very young, and I am excited to be part of an organization whose mission is to help the city's youth experience such a wide variety of artistic styles. PlatteForum's positive and immediate impact is inspiring and life-changing for both the kids and the artists. I'm very proud to be part of this team!"
"I have been active in the arts community for years, but I really found a home at PlatteForum because of the extraordinary things that happen when youth and the arts connect. An active member of the board for the past six years, I am also very proud to have mentored ArtLab intern, Hajia Muya, who was the first in her family to graduate from high school."
“When Pablo Neruda wrote, ‘For my life, give me all lives, give me all the sorrow of all the world and I will transform it into hope,’ he may as well have been referring to the creative experience PlatteForum brings to at-risk youth in Denver. The work that is taking place at PlatteForum is redefining how we will educate the diverse generations that are to come. At PlatteForum I have seen first-hand the ability art has to guide youth through the examination of a social, economic, or political issue in their community and to motivate them to become an agent of positive change. It is an honor to be a member of the PlatteForum Board of Directors.”
“I am passionate about the powerful transformational opportunities we provide and the manner in which our programs teach math, writing, life skills, self expression, critical thought and resiliency through art. There is no other program in the country that does what we do. Through exposure to artists and the creative process, our kids find their voices, their wings, and their place in this world. They begin to see themselves and their opportunities in a fundamentally different way. Above all, I am proud of THEM.”
“I believe in the power of the arts and the creative process to transform. My commitment to PlatteForum is based on that belief and how I see it manifest in our creative residents, the youth we work with, and our community. At PlatteForum, artists are given the luxury of time and space to work and the unique opportunity to collaborate with our youth. Their work evolves, and they are propelled into new ways of thinking. In addition, evidence supports the fact that when students have exposure to and involvement in the arts, critical thinking expands, self-esteem heightens, and engagement in all academics increases."
"I am blown away by the youth and their ability to critically think. At the same time I am so happy for them that they have a safe space—PlatteForum—to explore their opinions and have their voices heard. What they experience at PlatteForum is something really unique and powerful."