Monica Rickert-Bolter is a Chicago-based visual artist and journalist of Potawatomi, Black, and German descent. Her artwork combines traditional techniques with digital coloring to create expressive characters and tell their diverse stories. Passionate about storytelling through art, she advocates for cultural representation in any project she undertakes. Monica pays homage to her Whitepigeon family name as a journalist and writes to amplify Natives in the arts. Monica is also a co-founder of the newly established arts nonprofit, Center for Native Futures. There, she will use her decade’s worth of nonprofit experience to create a more inclusive and equitable arts community throughout the city.