B.A. in Psychology, w/ minors in Sociology and Biology
M.A. of Organizational Leadership Scholar
M.A. in International Studies w/ a Concentration in Education
Certification: Health & Wellness Coach & CPR/First Aid/AED
Nastaaja has years of experience in Youth Development, "The Arts,"
Fitness and Social Responsibility. She has a deep focus on Wellness
and Culture and has lived all over the country and in China.
She has held leadership roles for national organizations such as YMCA, YWCA,
Big Brothers Big Sisters, and LA Fitness as well as with the Minneapolis Public
Schools District, which have all greatly developed her skills in Quality Coaching,
Strategic Programmatic Design, and general Program Development.
Nastaaja was also the Lead Coach for a local Circus Program for several
years, and, is the founder of The UNCAAGED members programming and
The UNCAAGED Professional Learning Community for local circus professionals.
The UNCAAGED offers community and wellness programming through an equity
lens in ways that enhance the inherent benefits of circus arts and applies them
to a practice of supporting self-care and personal growth. She has
started various efforts over the years and tends to leave a bit of legacy wherever she goes.
Most recently she founded Vivid Black Paint as a 501(c)(3) Non Profit to provide supportive programming and affordable living opportunities for Black Artists and generally Artists of Color.
Overall, Vivid Black Paint is a dedication to her love of Color, Art, Highlighting BIPOC Under Representation, and, of course, Circus. Nastaaja hopes to reach further to grow Vivid Black Paint's local, national, and eventual international network.
Let Us Paint the Town In Vivid Black Paint
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