Marty Case

Marty Case has served on the In Progress Board of Directors since 2009.  He has been a strong advocate for Native American rights and treaty law and has brought to In Progress a deep appreciation for preservation of stories as history.


1. Considering all your experience with In Progress, what is one achievement that you personally are most proud of? Why is this achievement important to you? What does it represent?: One personal achievement was being able to engage In Progress with the Smithsonian and Indian Affairs Council and the Minnesota Center for Humanities. It made it possible for many voices to be heard that usually would not be listened to.

2. What did it take for us at In Progress to achieve this accomplishment? What strengths do we have that helped us succeed?: Engagement of kids, and a presence on reservations. it also required kids developing media skills and demonstrating stability as a program partner.

3. What do you think makes In Progress unique? What 2-3 things are at our very core that make us stand out from other arts programs or youth development programs?: Flexibility, responding to community needs, emphasis on skill development, arts skills and administrative skills.

4. As you think about In Progress, what do you value most? What keeps you engaged here?: In Progress is a very important resource for kids. It is a resource for a lot of organizations. It also creates a perspective that can change the world, in part because it challenges the boxes that people and ideas are supposed to fit it.