Dandelion Arts Collective advances and promotes health equity through performing arts practices. Using performing arts modalities, we support healthy interpersonal and community-level relationships, reduce adverse health injustices, and contribute to a larger culture of health in our local community. We hope to remove barriers to arts access for communities most targeted by structural inequities. We believe in the power of arts in public health to build equity and social connection, support childhood development, and foster advocacy and agency. In addition to the direct health benefits of arts participation, our organization utilizes the arts to advance health data, improve public health awareness and education, and foster structural and sociocultural changes to increase health.
Our vision is a world where everyone has access to the healing power of the arts, regardless of their background or circumstances. We believe that the arts have the power to inspire positive change and to bring people together across differences. We envision a future where the arts are at the center of a more just and equitable society.
Our programming focuses on areas such as:
- Structural family support
- Social justice for intersections of historically marginalized populations (LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities etc.)
- Comprehensive, shame-free sexuality education
- And MORE!
At Dandelion Arts collective, we acknowledge the existence of systemic racism, ableism, sexism, and other forms of oppression that create inequities across health care, education, wealth, and more. These intersections of injustice negatively affect all people; and yet, they most often harm people of the global majority, children, women, LGBTQIA+, and disabled folks.
Liberation from these systems takes conscious effort and understanding of their interconnections.
We recognize current deficits in our representation, equality, and power-sharing, as an organization.
Currently, our programming is only being offered in English with leadership and direction from white-presenting cis females and not representing our entire community.
We believe in the strengths of our community and humbly hope to contribute in the spirit of co-learning and cultural humility. We consciously build programming and work in equal partnership with the full range of the humans we aim to serve. We welcome and ask those from experiences different than our own to partner with us, provide guidance, and become part of our program.
Meet the Team
We are a team of arts educators and performers with over 20 consecutive years of training in youth arts education and social justice arts activism.
Kristel Jelinek Brown (co-director)
(she/her) is a Colorado-based theater-maker, applied theatre practitioner, educator, and "artivist." She brings with her over twenty years of experience as a performer spanning from regional theater, national tours, and the cruise ships/casino industries. Additionally, she has worked as a teaching artist, facilitator, and director/choreographer for over ten years. Kristel received a BFA in Theatrical Performance from the University of Colorado (Boulder) and an MA in Applied Theater from the City University of New York. She served as the Director of Voice and Theatrical programming at Parlando School of Musical Arts from 2015-2020, and has worked as a director/choreographer and teaching artist with organizations such as the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Beam +, Metropolitan State University, the Crested Butte Music Festival, the Bayview Music Festival, Spellbound Theater, the CAT Youth Theater, and numerous community organizations in the Denver-metro Area. Kristel is currently in the process of getting certified as a holistic sexuality educator through the Institute of Sexuality Education and Enlightenment (ISEE). With a pedagogy rooted social justice work and community-based arts, she is passionate about radical, human-centered democratization of the arts, creating space for authentic dialogue, and making the arts accessible to everyone. She has co-created theater and dance with humans from all walks of life, ages, and abilities. Kristel currently resides in Broomfield with her partner, two children, and 12lb pup, Peggy.
Mimi Ferrie Lee (co-director)
(she/her) is a movement educator, performer, community leader, producer, and arts & health advocate. With twenty consecutive years in children’s movement education, she brings her passion and expertise in dance, movement, and the arts to the organizations she partners with. She has taught in multiple schools, libraries, community centers, churches, and art spaces, reaching thousands of students over her career. She served as the program director for Mountain Contemporary Dance Arts for seven years, implementing an artistry-focused program for movers ages two-adult in the licensed childcare facility Mountain Kids Louisville. She has worked with students with a broad range of movement experiences and cultural, physical, and neurological diversity in classroom and family settings. Mimi received a BFA in Dance from the University of Colorado Boulder and has continued her education in child development, arts education, and public health with institutions including the Colorado School of Public Health, Luna Dance Institute, University of Colorado Denver, and National Dance Education Organization. She served on the 2021-2022 revision committee for the Colorado Academic Dance Standards for the Colorado Department of Education. Mimi recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Arts in Public Health with the University of Florida’s School of Arts in Medicine. She performs professionally with Wild Heart Dance and New Breed Dance Company and is mama to her two young children.
Maren Waldman (educator/collaborator)
Maren (she/her) is dancer, educator, and artist in love with Earth. She is here in service to repairing the world through dance, community, collaboration, connection…and joy! Learn more at marenwaldman.com
Annie Wilson (educator/collaborator)
Annie (she/her) is a Longmont, Colorado-based artist who gets her inspiration from nature and the interconnected mystery of it all. Annie hopes to inspire others to use the power of creativity for good. View Annie’s work here
Program Accessibility Notes:
* Instruction in English
* Wheelchair Accessible Spaces
* A community welcoming all identities and abilities
Please connect for any assistance, including financial, to help eliminate restrictions that would prevent your ability to participate in our programs