Kelly Downes

Arts Council Director
My advice is to MAKE LOTS OF ART! No matter the medium, create a ton. Just do it!

Kelly Downes grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and moved to Cape Girardeau in 2015. She received her bachelor’s degree in humanities (fine art/history) from Michigan State University and is now pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in art education from Southeast Missouri State University. Kelly is the director of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri and also a RYT 500-hour trauma-informed yoga instructor with additional training in mindfulness-based stress reduction. She is passionate about the cross-section of art and activism and is particularly interested in the ways the humanities can be utilized to create self-sufficient economies and sustainable prosperity for all living beings. She is very excited to be a part of the arts in the Cape Girardeau community and hopes that her enthusiasm for all of the arts translates into community participation with the Arts Council. Her life’s greatest work is her son, Bob.