cara erickson - graphic designer & co-facilitator

Cara serves as graphic designer and is in charge of facilitating the marketing and communications for Backyard Mosaic Women’s Project. She has experience managing and promoting events and businesses on a limited budget, bringing her experience of working for small, independent companies and non-profits to the table. By day, she works as the Marketing & Communications Manager at Aldo Leopold Nature Center, promoting environmental education and encouraging people to spend time outside, connecting with the land and reaping the countless benefits a connection with the natural world provides. In addition, she is a freelance graphic designer and website designer. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in French from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2006 and her Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design & Illustration from Madison College in 2010.

She has been a part of Backyard Mosaic Women's Project since its earliest days and was an active participant in the beginning as a formerly incarcerated woman when the project was at its first location at St. Mark's Lutheran Church. In addition to serving her community by being a part of the project, she has worked as the graphic designer for the Madison Area Jail Ministry and has organized and co-chaired the Habitat for Humanity of Dane County Restore's Salvage Art Show. She believes strongly in the healing and transformative powers of hope, art, nature, and love and wishes all incarcerated women can experience the Backyard Mosaic Women’s Project.