Join us for this week’s Every Woman, as we welcome Danette McCarthy to the show for a conversation on a wide range of topics including, using the arts to create social change, and how identifying your strengths can guide you through many of life’s crossroads. Danette is a sustainability consultant, a strengths coach and theatre artist. Danette’s background in both the private and nonprofit sectors grounds her in the important work of strategic action planning education and organizational development.
A lifetime interest in the arts as a social force led to McCarthy’s study of theatre at UW-River Falls with an eye on social action theatre techniques to incorporate into her life as a teaching artist; she has designed arts learning programs for highly at risk populations as well as the general public. Danette began an arts administration journey in 1994, co-organizing the River Falls Community Arts Base. A past producer with CLIMB Theatre and associate director at the Arts Council Lake Erie West in Ohio, she came home to the St. Croix Valley in 2003. From 2006 to 2013, Danette served as Executive Director of Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls, WI, and founded their Youth & Family Theatre program.
Danette is a creative and tenacious civic leader who believes in the transformative power of the arts and the restorative qualities of nature to awaken, mobilize, and replenish people of all ages to be knowledgeable, active citizens who are committed to social and environmental justice. As a consultant, McCarthy strives to uphold the civic principles that build human and organizational capacity to serve the common good which can be seen in The Remember Project, which she founded in 2015. Danette is also a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and a Life-Cycle Celebrant. She lives with her husband, poet Bill McCarthy, and their Aussie/Blue Heeler Kip, in St. Paul, Minnesota on Cathedral Hill.