It’s never easy to say goodbye to someone as genuine, hardworking, and caring as Jess Trainor. But the time has come and we wish her nothing but the very best as she moves on to her next great adventure in Missouri.

Jess has been instrumental in running and growing the Arts Access program at ASI. Her background working with children with special needs, social work, and nonprofits has been an incredible asset to ASI, so much so that after she completed her time as an intern, we hired her officially as the Arts Access Coordinator.

Jess has always focused on accessibility in the arts; to the point where we affectionately call her “Accessibility Jess.” She’s challenged all of us to approach all of our services and programs at ASI (not just Arts Access) from an inclusive and equitable point of view. Whether it was economic barriers, language barriers, or physical abilities – ASI has become the inclusive organization it is because of Jess’ expertise and values.

We are sad to see her go, but know that she will do great things in St. Louis and help to make that community more equitable and inclusive. Best wishes, Jess!