Join us virtually on Thursday, February 15th at 7:00 PM for a discussion about recovery friendly workplaces! The conversation will be led by 2nd Act Executive Director, Ana Bess Moyer Bell, MA, RDT and special guest Michael Kalmbach, MFA , Director of the Creative Vision Factory.
Michael Kalmbach, MFA
Founding Director of the Creative Vision Factory in Wilmington, DE
Michael Kalmbach received his MFA at the University of Delaware in 2008. Shortly after graduation he accepted a position at the Delaware College of Art & Design, and founded the New Wilmington Art Association, an artist collective that was active from August 2008 to April 2013. This work led to Michael’s involvement with the Chris White Community Development Corporation, which developed the 23-unit artist live/work space, Shipley Lofts. Kalmbach served the CWCDC as Board Chairman from 2013-2016. In June 2011, he accepted a contract with the State’s Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to develop and direct a peer-run art space. The Creative Vision Factory has been open since December of 2011, and fosters the creative potential of individuals on the behavioral health spectrum in a studio art environment that cultivates integration with the community through a program of exhibitions, workshops, and communal workspace.
Ana Bess Moyer Bell, MA, RDT
Founding Executive Director of 2nd Act
Ana Bess Moyer Bell received her masters degree in drama therapy from New York University and has been a practicing clinician since 2014. She is the founder of COAAST (now 2nd Act) and has almost ten-years experience running nonprofits. She has practiced and taught drama therapy nationally and internationally and is a commissioned playwright. She is currently on the advisory board at the Rhode Island Department of Health helping to create and maintain the medical regulations for the nation's first legal harm reduction centers. She is a senior advisor to RI Governor Daniel J. McKee on substance use, harm reduction, and recovery.