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Mike VanAartsen

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Mike VanAarsten has made a career guided by opportunities to support the human experience through art, artistry, education and adventure.

In early January, Mike moved to Santa Fe from Connecticut where he recently completed coursework with Yale School of Drama’s Technical Design and Production Program with particular focus on life safety, public health and crisis management. His thesis, entitled “Is There a Plan for That: Disaster and Crisis Response Planning for Theaters and Events” aligns well with our reopening work.

Mr. VanAartsen has nineteen years of experience in the performing arts industry and holds certifications in First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, Crowd Management, OSHA-30 and 10. He has completed additional training with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), World Health Organization (WHO), the American Red Cross and the Event Safety Alliance. Mike is passionate about creating safe spaces for artists to do their best work