Emily is an artist, art educator, and co-founder of our sister organization Seattle ReCreative.  A Colorado native, Emily recently returned to Denver after many adventures in Seattle, Brooklyn, Boston, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon. Emily holds a BA in studio art from Reed College, an Advanced Certificate in Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Emily lives, works, and chases her two young daughters in the Wash Park neighborhood. What Emily loves most about her involvement in both ReCreatives is having the opportunity to wear her artist, educator, mom, and community member hats all under two roofs.


BOARD Vice-chair

Matthew Shaw wants to help. Musicians who want to record music. You, if you still
want to learn that instrument. With crafty things you’d like to learn. How to sew
something. Or grow something. Make it out of wood. Or, if you’d prefer that he
custom-build that something, he’s happy to help.
He is the owner and operator of Artzer-Shaw Creative Woodworks (hand-crafted
furniture), Co–Owner of Willoughby/Shaw High Fidelity (custom Turntable
Cabinets), Co–Chairman of Wealth in Community Knowledge, and Vice
Chair/Program Director of ReCreative Denver. He also holds a monthly recording
series called The Headroom Sessions.


Sarah Menz
BOARD secretary

Sarah’s background is at the intersection of communications, science narrative, and sustainability. She earned her masters degree from Falk School of Sustainability in Pittsburgh after completing a bachelors in English Literature and Environmental Science. Her specialties include technical editing, content creation, business communications, and design. Sarah manages business proposals at a sustainability consulting firm in Denver, and enjoys hiking, reading outside, and watercoloring with friends.  


jane mcdonald
BOARD treasurer

Jane McDonald is a marketing professional specializing in content creation.  A 16-year resident of Colorado, Jane is an avid skier and camper.  She travels as much as a she can and has a lifelong passion for the arts, evidenced by her large collection of ticket stubs.  Jane holds a BA in Theater/English from the University of Colorado-Boulder and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Denver.


Daniel Nixon
BOARD Member

Daniel Nixon recently joined the ReCreative community as a resident artist and board member  after relocating to Denver from Brooklyn where he worked as a carpenter and woodworker in the film, fashion and event production fields.  Witnessing the staggering  amount of waste produced in the entertainment industry inspired his involvement  in the Artcube community, which seeks to help arts industries to minimize this sort of waste.  Dan holds a BA in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan College.