The Can Can Wonderland Can-Doers
What do you get when you cross a real-life Willy Wonka entrepreneur, a fiery red head grant writer, a math nerd and an art curator? Can Can Wonderland! It’s that beautiful cluster of personalities that makes Can Can Wonderland truly unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Come meet them all.
Artistic Director, Convener & Yogini
As our Arts and Culture Curator, Christi Atkinson is the artistic pulse of Can Can Wonderland. Pulling from her expertise and connections from over 12 years as the Associate Director of Education at the Walker Art Center, over 8 years as Chief Curator at The Soap Factory, and former Education Department member at MoMA NYC, Christi has personally helped transform our space into the whimsical wonderland it is today. It just so happens that she’s also a badass yogi as well — bringing balance to our off-the-wall ideas.
CFO & Convivial Host
As owner and real estate broker of Summit Group / KW Commercial, Rob has represented numerous local restaurants, bars, and arts organizations. But it’s his Midwestern work ethic that allows him to juggle work with a personal life where he, his wife, and four children try to live a rewarding life of trips to the cabin, sailing, camping, traveling and attending concerts — like a good Minnesotan does.
Creative Hack, Impresario & Dilettante
Have you ever seen a plasma ball? Those electric currents contained in glass and found in every mad scientist’s lab. That’s basically Chris Pennington. An ever-moving, always electrifying, mysterious mastermind with crazy ideas that somehow not only work, but mesmerize and entertain thousands as well.
His crazy ideas have become the Twin Cities’ extremely popular Soap Factory Haunted Basement, Ten Second Film Festival, Community Water Balloon Fight, and Liberty Parade. But it’s his joy of creating and making people happy that led he and his partners to create Can Can Wonderland.
CEO, Firecracker & Ringleader
Jennifer Pennington isn’t your ordinary ginger. She has been a board member and manager of nonprofits for over 20 years — including the Art Shanty Projects, Twin Cities Mobile Market, Minnesota Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, Early Childhood Resource & Training Center, and Sociologists of Minnesota.
As if that isn’t impressive enough, she’s served as a Minnesota Council on Foundations fellow, is an Opportunity Nation Leader representing Minnesota and a Metropolitan State University faculty member where she teaches a class on leadership. Rightfully so.