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Slaats is a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin. He has most recently served as executive director of People Art and Urban Space Exchange in Poughkeepsie, New York. Slaats graduated from the University of Evansville, Indiana, and also has an MFA in Integrated Art and a MA in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
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