WELCOME JANA! Community School of the Arts Coordinator
Jana Contreras has a passion for connecting people with artistic expression. She has worked in diverse settings including community mental health, organizations serving individuals with developmental disabilities, school settings, and kids summer camp. Jana has a MS in Art Therapy from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY and a BS in Psychology with a Studio Art Minor from SUNY Brockport. After several years staying home with her two young children, Jana is excited to return to serving our community. Jana believes that creating, viewing, and discussing art is beneficial to people of all ages and abilities. She has been living in Ellensburg for 11 years. Jana enjoys art, nature, laughing with friends, pug dogs and spending quality time with her family.
Monica Miller has worked with arts organizations for over 15 years in fundraising, grants management and professional development for artists. Monica’s primary responsibility is to ensure that Gallery One is relevant to the community it serves. Before moving to Ellensburg from Seattle, she oversaw artist grants and professional development at Artist Trust and was a member of SOIL, an artist collective. She also had a brief stint as the Fremont Solstice Parade Director. Monica considers her major accomplishment the advocacy of percent for art program with the Ellensburg Arts Commission, but is a daily advocate for artists. She hold a BA from the College of William and Mary and an MA from Johns Hopkins University in Museum Studies. Her latest endeavor is the event, Confab where she hopes to provide artists and communities opportunities for networking, inspiration and tools for a sustainable arts community! Monica grew up as a military brat visiting museums around the world. She wanted to be a potter for a brief stint and now makes ceramics dinosaur fossils with her five year old Porter, plans camping adventures with her husband, artist Justin Beckman and rides her bike when time allows!
Visitor Services Assistant
Clay Maer is delighted to continue her lifetime of connection with the arts and artists in her position with Gallery One. Her education focused on Art History/English, BA, Liberal Arts, University of St. Thomas, Houston followed by years with nonprofit organizations and a certification in nonprofit management. Working with Shakespeare at Winedale at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin Children’s Museum, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and most recently, Allied Arts of Yakima Valley, brought opportunities to learn from directors whose vision and tenacity made possible celebrations and support for Art: visual, literary and performing. She enjoys watching Washington’s changing seasons, reading the next good book and being with her children and grandchildren.
Community School of the Arts Instructors