In 1993, Betsy moved to the Twin Cities from Illinois. the arts and environment have kept her here. Betsy is now a 10-year homeowner in St. Paul, and has evolved into a committed "St. Paulite" during that time.
Betsy followed a twisted path into writing. Through a friend, she stumbled into the opportunity to write about the arts for The Pulse, and moved to the Daily Planet when the Pulse stopped production in 2007. The Pulse wasn't her first experience as a writer. In 1991, Betsy inadvertently brought together various people to form what is now the River Cities Reader in the Quad Cities (Iowa/Illinois). For a while, she wrote an advice column for the Reader titled ?Ask Ole Maggie?. Her passion is giving a voice to the arts and their many benefits.
With over 15 years in the arts field, Betsy has worked or volunteered in some capacity for a wide range of arts groups in the Twin Cities including the City of Minneapolis Office of Cultural Affairs, the College of Visual Arts, Heart of the Beat Puppet and Mask Theatre, Resources and Counseling for the Arts (now Springboard for the Arts) and others. She now works in arts education for COMPAS in St. Paul and serves as the administrator of the Arts & Culture Partnership of Saint Paul. She is also a Commissioner for the City of St. Paul?s Parks and Recreation department. Betsy has performed or worked as stage manager in the theater, but her passions are now making mosaics and, of course, writing.
Betsy is an enormous supporter of the educating people about the value of artists and the arts. She worked on the 2007 artists survey ?Artists Count?, the Economic Impact of the Arts survey for the City of Minneapolis in 2001 and is a volunteer for the ?Vote Yes ? Protect the Minnesota You Love? campaign that will provide funding for the arts and the environment over the next 25 years. As someone who takes the bus regularly, she is also a huge fan of public transportation and light rail transit.
She can be reached at betsy [dot] mowry [at] hotmail [dot] com.