cara erickson - graphic designer & co-facilitator

cara erickson serves as graphic designer for the backyard mosaic women's project. she is a barista and marketing and special events manager of a local, independently owned and operated cafe, called java cat and is the designer and programmer of educational materials and exhibits at the aldo leopold nature center. in addition, she is a freelance graphic designer and web programmer. 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 the backyard mosaic women's project since it's earliest days and was an active participant 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 backyard mosaic women's project, she is also the graphic designer for the madison area lutheran council and has organized and co-chaired the habitat for humanity of dane county restore's salvage art show. she continues to share her graphic design talents as well as her life's story with women and high school youth, so that other's may learn from her past mistakes. she has an adventurous spirit and a warm, caring soul as she continues to reconcile parts of her history with her hope, joy and love for the future.