Partner Profile: Danya Landis
Co-Owner of Machina Arts
If you had asked Danya Landis, CEO and co-founder of Machina Arts, what she thought of the Keene and Monadnock region several years ago, she'd make it clear that she "was unsure if this was the community for [her]." Through the founding of Machina Arts, a female-lead company that aims to promote the arts by bringing culture, art, and ultimately creativity to the area, Danya has been able to find her home here and hopes to attract others as well.
With a BFA in sculpture from Maine College of Art, where she graduated in 2011, Danya brings an cutting-edge eye and exuberance to the region. Other creative young professionals like herself are exactly who Machina Arts hopes to bring in through their hosting of culturally enriching activities and events and ownership of a multi-disciplinary space that will boost Keene's creative economy. Even with a clear view, it's not always easy. Danya admits her biggest challenge is "a lack of space dedicated to the arts in the Keene area. There are SO many passionate, driven, professional artists and musicians but very little opportunities for them to strut their stuff."
Danya also says that while there is "other struggle [in] a lack of connection and communication throughout the entire region," Arts Alive! has helped bridge that gap. "I think Arts Alive! is actively working on connecting the towns and cities to be able to see a full picture with what is happening through their newsletter, calendars, and Discover Monadnock project... [they] have provided the connections, and space to be able to see what our community is possible of doing. They add a layer of growth and opportunity to start-up arts businesses that is extremely helpful in the process of building relationships with our community, and discovering what the community has to offer."