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

Dudley Edmondson

Wildlife Photographer, Author, Environmental Program Director OACC

Scott Lillo | Treasurer

Sound Central Services – Duluth, MN

Machelle Lind

Lindly Success Stratrgies – Duluth, MN

Abigail Mlinar

Sales and Marketing Manager, Vikre Distillery – Duluth, MN

Lori Peterson | Vice President

Senior Director, Public Affairs, Twin Cities Boys and Girls Club – Minneapolis, MN

David Pritchett

Attorney and Partner, Rudy Gassert Yetka Pritchett and Helwig

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
Emily Swanson

Emily 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 Swanson

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! .

Emily Swanson