Laurel Green (BFA 2011 at the University of Maine at Presque Isle) was born and raised in the woods and along the banks of the Upper Saint John River Valley, New Brunswick, where she co-founded the River Valley Arts Alliance (RiVA) from 2009-2012. RiVA is an arts organization in Woodstock, NB dedicated to connecting artists and audiences, and to furthering the advancement of the arts in the Upper Saint John River Valley through advocacy and education. Laurel became co-organizer of RiVA’s major flagship project, the Dooryard Arts Festival — a 4-day, multidisciplinary art and music festival held in Woodstock — which is currently going into its 5th year. Her responsibilities included booking musical acts, curating and installing art exhibits, orchestrating an open air artist market, organizing and facilitating art & music workshops and managing a small army of volunteers. In 2012, Laurel became the Assistant Director at the Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery in Florenceville-Bristol, NB, where she helped to expand the educational and artist programs offered by the Gallery. While Laurel has been dedicated to her creative community in NB, she is ecstatic to be welcomed into the Ross Creek family! She is responsible for professional artist programs, including galleries and residencies, outreach, school and community programs.