Aarin Hartwell, Co-Founding Producer

Aarin Hartwell is a producer, surfer and South Padre Island, Texas ambassador. Aarin has worked with a variety of productions and began her career as a promoter of local music festivals. Her experience in multi-media production management, marketing, public relations and community engagement fuels Aarin's unstoppable energy. After establishing key relationships in the industry, Hartwell was hired into a variety of roles within event planning such as volunteer coordinator, sponsorship acquisitionist, stage manager, business liaison, ambassador of event, marketing and promotion lead, Master of Ceremonies and model. Aarin's many talents have allowed her to travel abroad to produce events and work in collaboration with projects such as SXSW, Texas Rock Fest, Old Settlers Music Festival among others.

Hartwell has attended and played a significant volunteer role at the Kerrville Folk Festival since 2010 and first attended in 1986. Hartwell's most recent project involved working with filmmakers, nonprofit organizations and inspired citizens to help document the Future of American Cities for a PBS television series entitled One Day On Earth. Hartwell began her own production company in 2013, shortly after graduating with a BA in Communication from the University of Texas at Brownsville.

Jason Weems, Co-Founding Producer

Life long Musician, Singer, Songwriter and Performer - Jason Weems is based out of Austin, TX. In addition to his long performance career, Jason is also the Production manager for the Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville Fall Festival, The Southwest Regional Folk Alliance, and a volunteer for the International Folk Alliance. He founded and hosted the Austin Songwriter showcase which ran from 2002- 2011, and played host to hundreds of musicians from dozens of countries around the world. Jason is reviving the showcase as a live taped TV and radio program. Weems has repeatedly hosted and performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival's venerable Staff Concert and he took Regional Honors in the Grassy Hill New Folk Contest. Jason is also an Audio Engineer, Music Producer, and is an artist development consultant.

On a personal note, Jason is an amateur inventor, lover of technology, student of futurism, and passionate advocate for the sciences, as well as a proud alumni of Space Camp.

Charles Dean Link, Social Media Producer

Marketing and advertising for art and artists. Currently managing the web presence of one of the 30 most important female voices actively touring in folk. Under his guidance Rebecca Loebe was just recognized by Facebook as verified account. Verified account status is given to brands, which have become large enough and recognizable enough to warrant protection from fraudulent imitation accounts claiming to represent the brand. Creativeslink recently took over the social media outlets for The Kerrville Folk Festival. In a two month timeframe creativeslink was able to increase Facebook followers by hundreds, while establishing a presence on both twitter and Instagram. The interaction between the brand and its associated partner organizations created a synergy in marketing efforts increasing not only the following of the festival but increasing the support from donors and ticket sales.

Grace Park, Graphic Design Artist

Grace Park (Grace Rowland Parker) is a graphic designer, studio artist, and musician from San Marcos, Texas. Her gallery work is mostly made from cut paper, and it's from a similar style she envisions her hand-drawn graphic designs. Grace has designed logos and product labels for several businesses and organizations like the San Marcos Farmers' Market, Thigh High Gardens, and Busy Bee Bottling. She has also created dozens of original compositions for fliers, t-shirts, and stickers for Austin bands like Dana Falconberry, Marmalakes, Amy Sue Berlin, & Jack Wilson. Tantra Coffeehouse's website (tantracoffeehouse.com) is made up of her artwork and she does all the design for band The Deer (thedeer.org). An avid chalk muralist as well, she often generates beautiful hand-lettering into the digital realm and incorporates drawn fonts to accompany her visuals. Her work has a distinctly organic style; simple & clear structure with living & breathing quality.