Design for the Arts provides brand strategy, print design and Web development for forward-thinking entrepreneurs, businesses, and organizations. Partnering with writers, coders, artists, and other professionals, we work with some of the most innovative people in the Twin Cities (and across the US) and help them achieve their dreams.
By default, Design for the Arts founder, Karen Kopacz, has achieved her dream: to support artists, local businesses, and good organizations in their creative endeavors. She has celebrated the successes of her clients since 2000.
An Arts & Culture Innovator
An artist who understands branding and a designer who knows how to write code, Karen Kopacz has worked for over 15 years on projects small and large, from branding and brochures to creative direction and large media campaigns. Leading projects efficiently and creatively, Karen offers brand development, strategy, design, illustration, and Web dev.
Public Field Guide is an artist-led project exploring the many layers of value our public land and water offer to communities. Artist and storyteller Karen Kopacz combines drawing, writing, photography and film with her personal history and travel experiences, seeking to open hearts, cross barriers and share stories about how our culture relates to nature.
A Long History of Arts & Culture
In the Twin Cities
Karen co-founded Good Work Group with communications expert Molly Priesmeyer. Together they established one of the first creative consultancies in the Twin Cities to focus exclusively on mission-driven work. From 2010 to 2016, they worked as a team with a small and trusted team of creatives to grow their consultancy. In 2015 they were featured in Minnesota Business. Now led by Molly, Good Work Group is still going strong. Karen and Molly continue to work together on select projects.
As director of online arts & literature magazine Mental Contagion (2000-2008), Karen was invited to be a panel member of Fostering New Culture on the Internet at the SXSW 2005 Interactive Festival. Her Web design has been featured in the design anthology Portfolios Online (Hearst Books Intl.)
Creator of the original "Mobile Art Gallery," Karen curates art events from time to time at venues in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to build connections between local artists, business owners, and the community. Reconnect at Creative Electric Studios, Rock & Roll Minneapolis at Cause, among others, have been part of the Mobile Art Gallery.
She has served on the Twin Cities Fine Arts Organization board, is a former art director for First Avenue’s in-house magazine, and was a writer and photographer for Pitchfork. Her first assignment was backstage at the State Theater with David Byrne.
Karen is honored to be the new lead magazine designer for Hand Papermaking, a collectable and globally-acclaimed journal, published for over 30-years.