Melissa Sobolik and Laura Youngbird join Plains Art Museum

Laura and MelissaWe’re thrilled to announce two new members of our team: Melissa Sobolik (shown at right) as development director and Laura Youngbird (shown at left) as program director for an outreach project with Native American artists.

Melissa will lead fundraising efforts for donations and grants, membership, corporate partnerships, and legislative outreach. She was previously director of agency and client services at the Great Plains Food Bank where she directed programs statewide for food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens. She is also a member of the Fargo City Commission, and has served on the boards for Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity, Metro Youth Partnership, and Theatre B. Melissa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Concordia College, Moorhead. You can reach Melissa at, 701-551-6122.

Prior to this role, Laura taught at Circle of Nations School, an inter-tribal, off-reservation boarding school for grades 4-8 located in Wahpeton, N.D. She is a visual artist based in Breckenridge, Minn., who works in clay, collage, and printmaking. Laura is president of the Three Rivers Art Council, and has served as president of the Red River Indian Association and on the board of Lake Region Arts Council. She will direct the Museum’s Creativity among Native American Artists program, which offers expanded exhibition, professional development, and programming opportunities for Native artists in the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin through a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. Laura graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead where she received a Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree, a Master’s degree in Drawing and Printmaking, and a Bachelor’s degree in Arts Education. You can reach Laura at, 701-551-6119.