Sarina Otaibi

Rural Programs Manager, Rethos: Places Reimagined (St Paul, Minnesota)

Session: Artists on Main Street: A Model for Creative Community Development (Friday, 3:45 – 5:00pm)

Sarina Otaibi is the Rural Programs Manager for Rethos: Places Reimagined. With her passion for rural communities, she provides program support to current and soon-to-be Minnesota Main Street Communities and launched a new program in partnership with Springboard for the Arts, Artists on Main Street, to establish an arts-based community development approach to address downtown challenges and opportunities. Sarina serves as a board member for two national arts and cultural organizations based in Minnesota, Springboard for the Arts and Art of the Rural. In her community of Granite Falls, she is a founding member and the board chair of a local cooperative, Bluenose Gopher Public House, and spends any of her extra time on rehabbing her historic church building. Sarina holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.B.A. in marketing from Stetson University in Florida.