Who We Are
Greta McLain, Lead Artist
Greta McLain has over 10 years of mural making experience spent exploring the ways that art can bring communities together, the power of visual language to activate voice, and the potential of art as a vehicle for hands-on organizing and educating. She has traveled to South America and Europe studying new and traditional techniques. She has created projects in and around Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Memphis, Philadelphia, Argentina, Mexico, and France.
Greta has shown her deep commitment to her South Minneapolis community with over 30+ murals and 15+ community projects in the Twin Cities. She continues to work out of Minneapolis and travels around the country/world doing projects wherever community art can be activated as a tool for positive community engagement! She earned her BA from University of California Davis and her MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Candida Gonzalez, Administrator, Project Manager
A Jewish-Puerto Rican native of South Minneapolis, Candida studied Latin American Art and History at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and went on to get her M.Ed. at The University of Minnesota. She is passionate about education, community engagement through the arts and equitable arts access. She oversees the administrative pieces of the GoodSpace Mural Studio, serves as project manager on specific projects, manages social media and provides arts consulting and evaluating services. Currently, Candida also serves as Arts Coordinator at Roosevelt High School in South Minneapolis. Past work includes managing social media and serving on the board of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, being a part of the Placemaking Work Group for the City of Minneapolis’ Creative City Roadmap project.
Claudia Valentino, Project Lead, Assistant Artist
Claudia Valentino (Clau) came from Argentina to Minneapolis in 2009 and began working with Greta McLain in 2011. She has learned the craft of painting and mosaics alongside Greta and began working as a project lead in 2014. In Argentina she spent three years studying expresión corporal- a contemporary dance technique that expresses emotions through body movements- at the Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte (IUNA) in Buenos Aires, and documentary photography at the Asociación de Reporteros Gráficos Argentino (ARGA). Prior to moving to Minnesota she spent four years as the photographer at the Esperanto event center in Buenos Aires. Clau loves to work with people on creative pursuits.
Jacqui Rosenbush, Project Lead, Assistant Artist
Jacqui Rosenbush is a multimedia artist born and raised in Minnesota. She began working with Greta in 2012 and stepped into a Project Lead role in 2014. Jacqui has a passion for art and activism and over the last 12 years has honed her skills for art making, community engagement and communication through presidency of her former high school’s Earth Club, earning an International Baccalaureate Diploma in Visual Arts, core membership of Compassionate Action for Animals, teaching art to kids in private studios and public schools, as well as working alongside those with disabilities. Through her work at GoodSpace, she has been able to continue that active voice through community murals. During her years at the University of Minnesota, she studied visual art and culture in Mexico and Venezuela, earning a BA in Studio Art in 2009. Her artistic themes center on traditional folk art and abstract ambient compositions in sculpture, painting, and photography. She also just became a mom and is super pumped about that!
Lamia Abukhadra, Assistant Artist
Lamia Abukhadra was born in Minneapolis to Palestinian American parents in 1996. She is interested in the idea of art as a vessel of expression, communication, identity, and culture for and between the disenfranchised communities. She has worked several murals and mosaics with Goodspace Murals and hopes to use her degree in Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota to further pursue community arts and social justice. She draws inspiration from various folk art styles ranging from voodoo art flags to tapestry weaving and embroidery, the simplicity of nature and natural forms, traditional textiles from her Palestinian homeland and many other cultures.
Samie Johnson, Assistant Artist
Samie Johnson is a learner and community member born and raised in Minneapolis. They have been working with Goodspace on various mural projects since 2012. Samie began her arts education at Perpich Arts High School and spent 10 months post graduation participating in Public Allies- a leadership development Americorps program. This fall, Samie plans to pursue an associates degree in Community Development at MCTC. As an artist assistant at Goodspace, they continue to be inspired by the intersection of art, community building and spaces for social change and healing.
Eamonn McLain, Assistant Artist
Eamonn McLain grew up in the Minneapolis Public Schools (Ramsey IFAC and South Senior High) and graduated from the University of Minnesota with BFA in visual arts in 2011. He has worked with Greta McLain on and off since 2011.