About Us

Our Mission

OACC’s mission is to encourage our region’s vitality through artistic expression, cultural exchanges and community development inspired by the geography, ecology, cultural wisdom and talent that is abundantly and irreplaceably around us.

We create events and activities that are contemporary, local in context, and global in scope with the intention of providing participants experiences that help make sense of the world and give a focus for positive community engagement.

Board of Directors

Alyssa Alness

Conservation Technician, Carlton County Soil and Water District

Mark Cline

Photographer, Cloquet Planning Commission Member

Madelin Fuerste

Network TV producer

Jeremy Gardner

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Ojibwemowining Arts Studio Coordinator

Dylan Kelly

Reading and Math, Inc., Director of Climate Programs

Scott Lillo | Treasurer

Sound Central Services - Duluth, MN

Machelle Lind

Lindly Success Stratrgies - Duluth, MN

Nevada Littlewolf

Political Director for Women Winning, Graduate Student at UMN Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Lissa Maki

Communications Director, UMD i College of Education and Human Service Professions

Lori Peterson | Executive Director

Oldenburg Arts and Cultural Community

Charity Reynolds

MD, Fond du Lac Health and Human Services Division

Emily Swanson | Secretary

Principal, Oldenburg House LLC - Carlton, MN

Glenn Swanson

Principal, Oldenburg House LLC - Carlton, MN

Keith Swanson

Conductor, Itasca Symphony Orchestra - Carlton, MN

Kevin Thoresen | President

Principal, Thor Midwest Commercial Real Estate - Minneapolis, MN


The blended skills and partnership leading OACC.

Executive DIRECTOR Lori Peterson

Lori was a nonprofit administrator focused on program development, fundraising, governance and advocacy for new and emerging services; her network of advisors and funders willingly share their expertise.


Glenn made his living as a jazz musician, author, producer and web designer; his reputation as an artist allows him to engage exceptional musicians in OACC events.

Support Us

Our community's gifts of time and financial resources supports high quality, accessible programs. We partner with individuals, businesses, organizations and public entities. Contact Emily Swanson for more information about making a charitable donation, sponsoring a program, creating an event, or volunteering your time. Your energy and encouragement are welcomed here! .

Lori Peterson