Holly Combs (Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director), lover of people, is a native of Collegedale, Tennessee who has resided in Indianapolis for the past 30 years. She is a graduate of Herron School of Art with a BFA in Visual Communication. She has served as the Girls’ Development Director of K.I.D.S., Inc. in Indianapolis and is an Arts for Learning teaching artist. She was awarded Art Instructor of the Year for 2013 by the Indianapolis Art Center, and was a top-five nominee for the 2013 Education Champion Award. Through art therapy techniques she strives to assist juvenile offenders to remove socially imposed negative labels and empowers them with self-chosen positive identities. Read some of Holly’s recommendation letters here.
Dave Combs (Co-Founder & Program Director),an Indiana native has been making art as long as he can remember. He attended Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, and graduated from the Graphic Design program at International Business College in Indianapolis. He co-founded the campaign to Ban Comic Sans (as a social experiment) and published internationally distributed magazine, PEEL, with his wife Holly. The pair also established the first Indianapolis art gallery dedicated to showing the work of international street artists including Obama HOPE poster artist, Shepard Fairey.
Megan Jefferson, As DPW’s Grant Writer and Third Wheel (in every possible good way) Megan is responsible for successfully securing funds for projects and helping develop DPW programming.
Megan was born and raised in Ohio and is happy to be living in the Midwest with all of its opportunity and wonderful people. She graduated from Miami University with a BFA, painting focus. She has been painting and selling her work through her own business for over 10 years.
Megan is very passionate about her family. You can often find her with them at home, reading, working, painting, sculpting, home schooling her two sons, cooking, skateboarding, biking, traveling and bbq-ing.
Over the years, Megan has enjoyed working with a variety of non-profit arts organizations. She is excited to be working with DPW because of the positive impact the organization has on people, the community and public spaces.