meet the team
Photography by Markus Mauthe
Founder / Executive Director
Engagement through creativity has been at the core of Christophe Chagnard’s philosophy throughout his distinguished career. As a composer, his music addressed pressing global issues such as systemic racism, climate change, intolerance, and social injustice. His latest works “Gaman” (2017) and “Terra Nostra” (2019) address systemic racism and climate change respectively. As a Grammy-nominated conductor, Christophe Chagnard has led a vast repertoire of symphonic, operatic, and ballet works of all styles and periods. He has also spent three decades making the concert hall accessible to all, addressing the elitist stereotype that plagues this art form. As a guitarist, he explores a wide array of styles and traditions together in genre-defying creations intended to present an open and inclusive voice that transcends labels.
George Frandsen is a practicing attorney with 25 years of experience as legal counsel to nonprofit organizations. He was legal counsel, a vice-president and board member of the International Organization of Folk Art (IOV) from 1980, finally serving a six-year term as the organization’s Secretary General. During his tenure as Secretary General he established a partnership with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). He is currently an accredited consultant to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Section of UNESCO. Frandsen is also a civil rights activist, having served on the national board of the American Civil Liberties Union, board member of ACLU Southern California, and as president of the board of the ACLU of Utah
Social Media Coordinator
Myka is a sophomore studying cello performance and environmental studies with an emphasis in natural science at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and is from St. Louis, MO. He loves spending time outdoors camping, hiking, and kayaking and goes on road trips with their family to National Parks across the U.S. (they want to visit all of them someday!). His exposure to and love of nature is one of the driving factors behind his passion for climate activism. Myka started working with Earth Creative because he believes that, as an artist and environmental activist, art has a powerful place in environmental activism and can make real change. Outside of school he likes to crochet, take care of their many plants, and spend time with friends and family.