Our Board, artists & volunteers

Laura Twining, President

Laura has been a resident of Forest Park for a little over five years.She has a background in publishing, merchandising, and marketing. 

She graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Political Science and Gender Studies and has taken additional coursework in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Laura is passionate about growing the diverse and vibrant artistic community in Forest Park as well as supporting opportunities for artistic expression and education available in the our Village. 

Sally Cody, Vice President

Sally is a life-long resident of the Forest Park and Oak Park region who has an affinity for art. Although not an artist herself, she is a cheerleader for those with creative minds and strives to promote artists from all disciplines. Through the Forest Park Arts Alliance, she hopes to showcase area talent and introduce Forest Park to the wonderment of Art.

The Vice President of the Forest Park Arts Alliance assumes the duties of the President in their absence. 

Rick Wagner, Treasurer

Rick, has been an area resident for over 25 years with a background in retail management as a buyer and merchandiser. In addition, he has been a business owner, a CFO, and a CEO. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, with a BA in Art Education. Rick also taught in Wisconsin public schools. 

With a life long appreciation of the visual arts, it is his desire to share, promote, and expand artistic awareness in Forest Park.

Kathy Garness, Secretary

Kathy is currently Artist-in-Residence for the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Her botanical illustrations have been featured by the Smithsonian’s Environmental Research and Conservation program. 

As Secretary, Kathy take meeting minutes and keeps all records of the Arts Alliance.

The Board & Our Meetings

In addition to the Officers, there are three voting members which make up the entire Board of Directors for the Arts Alliance.

The Board meets on the first Thursday of every month. Please check the events calendar for details, or drop us a note for information.

Artists & Volunteers

Because of the tremendous effort and energy of our artists and volunteers the Arts Alliance is able to do amazing things putting the joy of Art into our community.

We are always looking to add to our artist talent pool, and are always needing volunteers to help with events.