BOARD CHAIR & FOUNDER
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.
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’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 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 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.
Colorado native Heather Mullins is a Denver based artist, educator, and advocate of hands on learning and sustainability. She runs her own art, design and furniture business called Relevant ReUse where she creates products out of of reused and recycled materials including a jewelry line made out of old skis. Heather has taught woodworking and sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, and Craftsman & Apprentice in Denver. She received her MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008 and BFA from Montana State University in 2005.