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Kristina Colby is our newest "First 40" Member!

Kristina has been an amazing supporter and advocate for the Child Creativity Lab since its early days as one of our first Advisory Board members. We've been extremely fortunate to have her on the team.

As an Orange County native, at her day job, Kristina is thrilled to coordinate the variety of services and programs Arts Orange County provides to this community. She is the founder and chair of Emerging Arts Leaders | Orange County and was recently selected as one of 40 young professionals from across the nation to participate in a virtual leadership development program run by Americans for the Arts.

Previous positions she has held include docent for the Orange County Great Park's new Palm Court Arts Complex, instructional volunteer during Orange County Museum of Art's "Second Sundays" program, evaluation consultant for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission's Civic Art Department, videographer for Pacific Coast Entertainment and Pacific Video West Teleproductions, and student programming assistant and tour guide for the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York.

She holds a BA in Visual Arts Management from the State University of New York at Purchase, and is currently pursuing her MA in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky's brand new online program. In her free time she enjoys attending flea markets & music festivals.


Question: What does Creativity mean to you?

Answer: Creativity means having the curiosity to try out an idea or to create or do something new even if you think it’s impossible or silly!

Question: What inspired you to become a First 40 member?

Answer: I believe in the Child Creativity Lab and what it can do for the families of this community. Not only does CCL boost children’s confidence in their ability to be imaginative, it inspires parents to reimagine creative play. CCL is an incredible and much needed addition to Orange County and its future leaders, thinkers, makers, and doers. I’m excited to support this organization as a First 40 member.

Question: What is your favorite childhood toy or game?

Answer: I didn’t have any siblings so I learned to play rather independently. My mom would often buy me kits to make things, books with craft and project ideas, and art supplies. I made all sorts of projects like home-made paper, beads, tie-die, paper mache.. I loved it!

Question: How do you use your own creative skills at work and play?

Answer: I generally question why or how things are done and look for ways to improve them. Creativity helps me find effectiveness and efficiency which is pretty important especially when I’m juggling so many projects at once.

Question: Best “Words of Wisdom” as to the importance to practice creativity on a daily basis.

Answer: Stop doubting yourself and just go for it.

The Child Creativity Lab recently kicked off its “First 40” Member Campaign, which is designed to reach a goal of $40,000 through the generous gift of $1,000 from 40 individuals, organizations, and businesses.

Members of this exclusive group are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to set themselves apart from others through this important designation. In addition, once the museum is open, a unique “First 40” donor recognition piece will be highlighted to celebrate, in a tangible way, their active role in the enrichment of children, dedication to the community, and generous support of the Child Creativity Lab.

To learn more about the "First 40" Campaign, please click HERE.