Debra Lucero
Debra Lucero
Executive Director

Lucero is an award-winning journalist whose background includes eight years as a newspaper writer and editor in California, entrepreneurial experience in product development, marketing, public relations, retail and nonprofit management, as well as public sector service for a Hispanic lobbyist group in Washington, D.C.

For more than 15 years, Lucero has administered and directed Friends of the Arts, a State/Local partner to the California Arts Council in Butte County; and took over as a executive director for the Shasta County Arts Council in 2011. She was recently successful in establishing the True North Arts & Culture Alliance representing five north state counties – Butte, Tehama, Shasta, Siskiyou and Trinity. After five years of establishing a working relationship among arts councils, higher education and venues throughout the region, TNACA is now a recognized regional network by the California Arts Council.

email: debra@shastaartscouncil.org

Agata Maruszewski
Agata Maruszewski
Gallery Curator | Office Manager

Agata Maruszewski joined Shasta County Arts Council in 2012.

At the time, a recent graduate from Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland she was thrilled to engage with an arts advocacy organization. Maruszewski has previously gained some experience in the arts non-profit sector, as well as some prominent museums in Poland.

At Shasta County Arts Council, she is responsible for the creation of the organization’s promotional materials, weekly e-blast, and curation of Old City Hall gallery.

Agata holds a Master of Arts degree in Sculpture and Master of Arts in Art Critique and Art Promotion.

email: agata@shastaartscouncil.org

Susan Emerson
Susan Emerson
Special Events Coordinator

My mother was an artist so I have always created. She brought me my first set of acrylics at age five so I would stay out of her oil paints. I started taking classes in ceramics and painting at age five at the Richmond Art Center. By the time I was 12 I was exhibiting my paintings at craft fairs, including KPFA’s annual holiday faire, Live Oak Faire in Berkeley, CA. I have a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

After art school I fell into making jewelry to survive. My clients included: Esprit, Wilkes Basford, I Magnums, and other specialty boutiques on the west and east coast. I have had my work in publications and on TV: The Esprit catalog, (national and international), Glamour Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, W, New York Magazine, People are Talking, Bay Guardian, by the San Francisco Examiner etc. I don’t separate my art from my craft it is all part of me.

For the last ten years I have worked with developmentally disabled adults, mentoring in micro art businesses. Before that living in the Bay Area I taught traditional and non-traditional arts and crafts at the Native American AIDS Project from toddlers to elders. I teach pine needle baskets, mixed media, jewelry, beaded buttons, and acrylic mediums and paint. The children summer art program started 16 years ago with the Shasta County Arts Council where I have been involved since 2000. In the art program we cover painting, sculpture, pen & ink, watercolor, vintage inspired robots, papermaking and the Kitchen Sink.

With Shasta County Arts Council I started as a volunteer over 16 years ago. I have been a teacher in residence on a NEA grant in Redding School District. I was one of 6 rotating teachers in the program.

I started ARTsMART as a volunteer with Americore Vista working on conomic devolvement for artists in 2004. Today it is an artist co-op sponsored by SCAC in a gallery setting.

Currently I am the Special Events Coordinator

email: susan@shastaartscouncil.org

Michael Flanagan
Michael Flanagan
Videographer

Mike Flanagan has worked more than 15 years in Entertainment Industry as Emcee, DJ, Actor, Writer, Director, Producer & co founder of The Root Theatre in 2009. His current commitment to forming artistic alliances is a top priority and he is excited to work with SCAC to help others gain experience and expand their resumes.

email: mike@shastaartscouncil.org

Our Interns

Shasta County Arts Council interns have a unique opportunity to launch their career in the arts. Interns assist with greeting clients, preparing for exhibitions, and facilitating our events, programs, and projects.