Free Arts Minnesota Names Sara Sternberger As Its Next Executive Director

Author Sara Sternberger

Posted June 15, 2015

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Sara Sternberger PhotoThe Board of Directors of Free Arts Minnesota is pleased to announce that Sara Sternberger will become the organization’s Executive Director on June 15.  “We know that Free Arts Minnesota is leading from a position of strength and we look forward to working with Sara as we seek out new ways to innovate and grow our arts-based mentoring programs with youth who have experienced poverty,  homelessness, abuse and mental illness,” said Jeff Putnam, Board Chair of Free Arts Minnesota.

Prior to joining Free Arts MN, Sarar served as the Executive Director of Bridging for five years.  During her tenure, Bridging has restructured, rebranded, achieved financial stability and implemented its strategic plan.  Prior to her role at Bridging, Sara held various healthcare executive positions across the Twin Cities, including Vice President at Regions Hospital and Senior Manager with Kurt Salmon Associates.  She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and holds both an MBA and Master’s in Healthcare Administration.

Sara is also very active in the community She is an active community volunteer, serving on the United Way Tocqueville Society Cabinet, Endowment Committee and the Donor and Citizen Engagement Committee.  She is a Past President of the Junior League of Minneapolis and Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra (formerly WAMSO) and was a Humphrey Policy Fellow in 2013/14. She has served on many boards, including the Minnesota Orchestral Association, Normandale Community College Foundation, University of Missouri HMI Alumni, Twin Cities Tigers and Junior League of Minneapolis Sustainers.

“I am looking forward to joining the great team of staff, board members, volunteers and donors at FAMN.  There are so many opportunities for our organization to grow and it will be fun to see where our journey takes us!”

About Free Arts Minnesota

Free Arts Minnesota inspires hope and builds self-esteem for youth who have experienced poverty, homelessness, abuse and mental illness, using the healing powers of artistic expression and caring adult mentors. In our Weekly Mentorship program alone, we bring over 250 mentors, to 46 groups of youth in over 20 social service agencies, all across the Twin Cities each week for 60 minutes. This represents over 46 hours of weekly arts programs for youth in Hennepin and Ramsey counties. Visit to learn more about the organization, hear the stories and see the art from the children, as well as learn how you can contribute or volunteer.

Contact: Courtney Kupsch at or at 612-824-2787.