LISA MARIE BRIMMER

ABOUT ME


My name is Lisa Marie Brimmer and I am a queer, black, transracial adoptee artist and arts based community organizer. I am currently reviewing requests for facilitation, executive coaching, and project management as a freelance collaborative contractor yet in 2018 and into 2019.


Services

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    I work with non profit and for profit organizations on strategic, community based, design and transformation from business models to program planning.
    Strategic Consulting
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    In the past I have partnered with various sized non-profit organizations like The Cedar (Interim Co-Executive Director), Intermedia Arts (Creative Leadership and Equity and Public Programs Department Managers), and The Ordway Center for Performing Arts (Arts Access Manager).
    Arts and Community Development
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    I have been a practicing performance artist since 2008. I am a writer, a spoken word poet, theater artist, and director.
    Artistic Collaboration
Strategic Consultant

My work has commonly undergirded pilot projects and teams in transition at the program, departmental, and organizational levels. I have experience in event mangagement, conflict resolution, and strategic partnerships. My most recent work to date was a nine month collaborative Interim Executive Director role with Neal Cuthbert (McKnight Foundation) in Minneapolis' Cedar Riverside Neighborhood at The Cedar Cultural Center . Here, the interim co-executive directors were tasked with supporting ongoing organizational function, work-place culture support, employee coaching, and institutional readiness. 
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Education


Graduate Fellow University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
MA English Literature 2018

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
BA Sociology and English Literature 2008

Background

Much of Brimmer's perspective comes from grassroots, community oriented, arts projects; supporting the work of T. Mychael Rambo in Rondo Neighborhood of St. Paul and also with The Ordway Center for Performing Arts (St. Paul). This approach was refined in her work with Intermedia Arts (Uptown - Minneapolis) which gave a more political imperative to her work as a community organizer and equity, inclusion and diversity specialist. In thier role as Programs Manager for the Department of Equity and Public Programming. At Intermedia Arts, her portfolio included artist and leadership development as well as the organizations robust equity work, The VERVE Grant for Spoken Word Artists and The Beyond The Pure Fellowships for Writers. She was priviledged to work with a slew of amazing colleagues but highly valued her time under the mentorship ofJulie Bates MacGillis. In her time as the Intermedia Art’s Program Manager for the Creative Leadership Department (2014-16), she managed the Creative Community Leadership Institute (CCLI) in Rapid City, SD & Minneapolis, helped establish the CCLI Network of some 250 fellows and supported the organization's Creative CityMaking project in collaboration with the City of Minneapolis. 

Artist

Current projects

She is currently working on a November 2018 production of Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko's Waafrika 123 with20% Theatre Company.

Her essay, A case for this: the (new Black) here and now  is currently up on the MN Artists website. 

On page and stage

Currently, Brimmer is a co-editor of Queer Voices of Minnesota: Poetry, Prose. and Pride (MNHS PRESS 2019). This anthology of queer poetry and prose reflecting the LGBTQIA+ writer community in Minnesota is co-edited by John Medeiros and Andrea Jenkins.  

Her work has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine, Gazillion Voices, On the Commons Magazine, Burn Something Zine, the anthologies Walk Towards It (Ellen Hinchcliffe), Whisked: Cooking Up Community (Camille Gage), and the forthcoming Fierce Lament (Red Bird Press 2018). 

Her work has been performed in many Twin Cities venues, in Washington DC  and a few in Wisconsin. Brimmer is a two time Givens Foundation for African American Literature fellow, a Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellow. Brimmer presented at Split This Rock! in 2018, and performed at AWP in 2017. 

She attended VONA (Voices of Our Nation) at Minneapolis' Loft Literary Center in 2017. Her directing has been seen on stage with 20% Theater Company with performance artist Rica de la Concha (2018). Her work has been featured in Twin Cities Daily Planet, The Spokesman Recorder, Insight News, MN Women's Press , and on the air with Minnesota Public Radio and KFAI.