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Featured Keynote Artists


Daniel Alexander Jones's wildflower body of work grows in relationship to a wide range of audiences. Black Light premiered its six-week run at The Public Theater in New York City in February 2018. Duat premiered at Soho Rep in 2016. His other critically-acclaimed performance pieces and plays include Radiate, Phoenix Fabrik, Blood:Shock:Boogie, and Bel Canto; also the musical Bright Now Beyond, made with composer Bobby Halvorson and director Will Davis; and his multi-chapter series of solo autobiographical performances, The Book of Daniel, made with musician Walter Kitundu and director Tea Alagic. Daniel's alter-ego Jomama Jones has released four albums: Lone Star, Radiate, Six Ways Home and the double album Flowering. Daniel was named a 2015 Doris Duke Artist in recognition of his risk-taking practice, and a 2016 USA Artist Fellow; he was also named an inaugural Mellon Foundation Creative Research Fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle for 2017-2019. He is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Fordham University in New York City, where he resides.

Maria del Carmen Montoya's studio practice combines participatory art, sculpture and digitalia. Her primary medium is the communal process of making meaning. As an artist she seeks ways to catalyze this natural social phenomena with situations that insist on the power of human-scale intervention in the presumed inevitability of everyday life. Her approach is DIY and collaborative. She believes that art can be a potent crucible for social change. Thus, her work is often about resistance and challenging norms, inverting power hierarchies and breaking rules, but she also traffics in beauty, memory, humor and other potentially radical forces for activating communities. Carmen has lived and worked throughout Latin America where she served as the sole interpreter for an assembly of rural farms in San Salvador, an advocate for battered women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and an English teacher for a craft cooperative in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Her work has been shown at SIGGRAPH, PERFORMA, New Museum Festival of Ideas, ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, Venice Biennial of Architecture and Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras in Morelia, Mexico, where she cofounded an artist residency for multimedia performance art. She is a core member of Ghana ThinkTank, an international artist collective that has been awarded grants from Creative Capital and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
JUMATATU M. POE | Artist, Educator

jumatatu m. poejumatatu m. poe is a choreographer, performer, and educator based between Philadelphia and New York City who grew up dancing around the living room and at parties with their siblings and cousins. jumatatu’s early exposure to concert dance was through African dance and capoeira performances on California college campuses where their parents studied and worked, but they did not start formal dance training until college with Umfundalai, Kariamu Welsh’s contemporary African dance technique. jumatatu's work continues to be influenced by various sources, including their foundations in those living rooms and parties, their early technical training in contemporary African dance, their continued study of contemporary dance and performance, and their recent sociological research of and technical training in J-setting with Donte Beacham. jumatatu produces dance and performance work with idiosynCrazy productions, a company they founded in 2008 and now co-direct with Shannon Murphy. Previously, jumatatu has danced with Marianela Boán, Silvana Cardell, Emmanuelle Hunyh, Tania Isaac, Kun-Yang Lin, C. Kemal Nance, Marissa Perel, Leah Stein, Keith Thompson, Kate Watson-Wallace, Reggie Wilson and Kariamu Welsh (as a member of Kariamu & Company). As a performer, jumatatu also collaborates with Merián Soto.


Raquel Salas Rivera is the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia and a CantoMundo Fellow. Their work has appeared in journals such as the Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Apogee, and McSweeney's. They are the author of Caneca de anhelos turbios (Editora Educación Emergente), oropel/tinsel (Lark Books), tierra intermitente (Ediciones Alayubia), and lo terciario/the tertiary (Timeless, Infinite Light). Currently, they are Co-editor of Puerto Rico en mi corazón, a collection of bilingual broadsides of contemporary Puerto Rican poets.


Check back as our list of presenters grows!

Laurie Allen | Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship, Penn Libraries, Price Lab for Digital Humanities, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
Jamie Badoud
| Executive Director, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences (Rabun Gap, GA)
Blair Benjamin
| Director, the Studios at MASS MoCA, MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA)
Eve Biddle |
Co-Director, Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY)
Kathy Black
| Program Director, Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT)
Rob Blackson | Director, Department of Exhibitions and Public Programs, Tyler School of Art, Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
Jamie Blosser | Executive Director, Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM)
Moira Brennan | Executive Director, MAP Fund (New York, NY)
Arielle Julia Brown | Creative Producer and Social Practice Artist (Philadelphia, PA)
Denise Brown | Executive Director, Leeway Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
Emilya Cachapero | Director of Artistic and International Programs, Theatre Communications Group (New York, NY)
Jennifer Calienes | Independent Consultant and Interim Deputy Director, Jacob's Pillow (Becket, MA)
Christina Catanese | Director of Environmental Art, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (Philadelphia, PA)
Elizabeth Chodos | Director, Miller ICA at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
Andrea Chung | Artist (San Diego, CA)
Chris Cook | Executive Director, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE)
Pamela Carmen Council | Artist (Bronx, NY)
Donta Daniels | Curator, Young Curators Council, Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art, Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
Thomas Devaney | Poet (Philadelphia, PA)
Nicole Dowd | Program Manager, Halcyon Arts Lab, Halcyon (Washington, DC)
Anna Drozdowski | Conductor of Projects (Philadelphia, PA)
Linda A. Earle | Professor of Practice in Art History, Tyler School of Art, Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
Cathy Edwards | Executive Director, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) (Boston, MA)
Emily Ensminger | Creative Director, Elsewhere (Greensboro, NC)
Susan Feder | Program Officer, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (New York, NY)
Paul Farber | Artistic Director, Monument Lab (Philadelphia, PA)
Ka'ila Farrell-Smith | Co-Director, Signal Fire (Portland, OR)
David Fraher | President & CEO, Arts Midwest (Minneapolis, MN)
Melissa Franklin | Director of Pew Fellowships in the Arts, The Pew Center for Arts + Heritage (Philadelphia, PA)
Terra Fuller | Advancement Director, Djerassi Resident Artists Program (Woodside, CA)
Tony Grant | Co-Director, Sustainable Arts Foundation (San Francisco, CA)
Shir Ly Grisanti | Creative Director, c3:initiative (Portland, OR)
Esther Grisham Grimm | Executive Director, 3Arts (Chicago, IL)
Brandon Gryde | Director of Government Affairs, Dance/USA and OPERA America (Washington, DC)
Joseph Hall | Deputy Director, BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (Bronx, NY)
Gia Hamilton | Applied Anthropologist, Residency and Incubator Space Developer (New Orleans, LA)
Chantal Harris | Administrative Director, Emmanuel College (Boston, MA)
Lisa Hoffman | Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities (Providence, RI)
Janelle Iglesias | Artist (Hollis, NY)
Emily Johnson | Artist (New York, NY)
Lela Aisha Jones | Founder & Director, FlyGround (Philadelphia, PA)
Aviva Kapust | Executive Director, The Village of Arts and Humanities (Philadelphia, PA)
Brad Kik | Co-Director, Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology (Bellaire, MI)
Bora Kim | Program Manager, Artist Residencies, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) (New York, NY)
Dave Kyu | Neighborhood Projects Manager, Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, PA)
Christiane D. Leach | Artist Relations Manager, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (Pittsburgh, PA)
Kelly Lee | Chief Cultural Officer, City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (Philadelphia, PA)
Veronique Le Melle | Arts Management Consultant (San Antonio, TX)
Melissa Levin | Vice President of Artists, Estates and Foundations, Art Agency, Partners (New York, NY)
Stacy Levy | Artist (Spring Mills, PA)
Valdi Licul | Partner, Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, P.C. (New York, NY)
Deenah Loeb | Executive Director, City Parks Association and Art In the Open (Philadelphia, PA)
Clara Lu | Residency Coordinator, Wing On Wo (New York, NY)
Ken Lum | Chief Curatorial Advisor, Monument Lab (Philadelphia, PA)
Cannupa Hanska Luger | Artist (Glorieta, NM)
David Macy | Resident Director, MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH)
Louise Martorano | Executive Director, RedLine Contemporary Art Center (Denver, CO)
Jamē McCray, PhD | Interdisciplinary Ecologist and Artist (Smyrna, DE)
Jennifer McGregor | Senior Director of Arts, Education & Programs, Wave Hill (Bronx, NY)
Cassie Meador | Executive Artistic Director, Dance Exchange (Washington, DC)
LaNeshe Miller-White | Executive Director, Theatre in the X (Philadelphia, PA)
LeConte Moore | Managing Director, DeWitt Stern (New York, NY)
Anne Mulgrave | Manager of Grants and Accessibility, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (Pittsburgh, PA)
Jan Mun | Artist (Brooklyn, NY)
Michael Orlove | Director of Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Artist Communities and International Activities | Multidisciplinary Arts, National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, DC)
Michelle Angela Ortiz | Artist (Philadelphia, PA)
Jayson Overby, Jr. | Curator (New York, NY)
Carla Peterson | Director, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (Tallahassee, FL)
Craig T. Peterson | Artistic Director, Abrons Arts Center (New York, NY)
Sharbreon Plummer | Independent Researcher (Columbus, OH)
Stephanie Raines | Hestia, Program Curator (Savannah, GA)
Carolyn Ramo | Executive Director, Artadia (Brooklyn, NY)
Pedro Ramirez | Artist (Brooklyn, NY)
Rachel Reichert | Cultural Sites Manager, Boise Arts & History / James Castle House (Boise, ID)
Dani Reuben | Program Manager, Artist Residencies, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) (New York, NY)
Shey Rivera | Artistic Director, AS220 (Providence, RI)
Tamara Ross | Director, Arts Administration, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Banff, AB, Canada)
Michael Royce | Executive Director, New York Foundation for the Arts (Brooklyn, NY)
Jen Saffron | Director of Communications, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (Pittsburgh, PA)
Eleanor Savage | Program Director, Jerome Foundation (St. Paul, MN)
Saliq Francis Savage | Artist, Founder & Director, KulturPark Stolpe (Leeds, MA)
David Sheingold | Independent Consultant (Brooklyn, NY)
Jennifer Shropshire | Principal, Edward F. Swenson & Associates, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA)
Dara Silver | Special Projects and Grants Program Manager, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County (Winston-Salem, NC)
Kira Simon-Kennedy | Co-Founder & Director, China Residencies (Brooklyn, NY)
Andrew Simonet | Artist + Founder, Artists U (Philadelphia, PA)
Amy Smith | Co-Director, Headlong Dance Theater (Philadelphia, PA)
Caralyn Spector | Creative Strategist (Wynnewood, PA)
Eric Sutphin | Manager of Special Programs, School of Visual Arts (New York, NY)
Liam Sweeney | Analyst, Ithaka S+R (New York, NY)
David Szlasa | Design and Programming Consultant (Hudson, NY)
Mark Taylor | Composer and Artistic Director, Interrobang Arts, Inc. (Weehawken, NJ)
Nato Thompson | Artistic Director, Philadelphia Contemporary (Philadelphia, PA)
Julie Trébault | Director of the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC), PEN America (New York, NY)
Kanchana Ugbabe | Writer at Risk in Residence, Fordham University and PEN America (New York, NY)
Sharon Ullman | Deputy Director, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (New York, NY)
Steven Wang | Executive Director, High Concept Labs (Chicago, IL)
Crystal Wei | Executive Director, Mount Tremper Arts (Phoenicia, NY)
Quaishawn Whitlock | Artist Educator + Artist in Residence, Andy Warhol Museum, Father Ryan Arts Center + Artists Image Resource (Pittsburgh, PA)
Nancy Wilhelms | Executive Director, Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass Village, CO)
Diane Wong | Organizer, The W.O.W. Project (New York, NY)
James Wright | Director of Community, Economic, and Real Estate Development, People's Emergency Center (Philadelphia, PA)
Cheryl Young | Executive Director, MacDowell Colony (New York, NY)
Karen Young | Executive Director, Fairmount Water Works (Philadelphia, PA)
Vito Zingarelli | Program Director, Hedgebrook (Freeland, WA)
Carol Zou | Director of Programs, Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, PA)


Laurie Allen | Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship, Penn Libraries, Price Lab for Digital Humanities, University of Pennsylvania

Laurie is the Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship in the Penn Libraries, where she leads a group working to expand the capacity of researchers at Penn to create and share scholarship in new forms. The group engages in digital project development, data management and curation, mapping, experimentations with emerging research methods and open access publishing. Laurie has been involved in a number of Digital Humanities projects, including her continued work on Ticha: a digital text explorer for Colonial Zapotec and her role as Research Director for Monument Lab, a public art and research project focused on 21st century memory practices in the city of Philadelphia. She holds a BA in Philosophy from Bard College, and an MLIS from Simmons College.


Jamie Badoud | Executive Director, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences

Jamie Badoud joined The Hambidge Center as Executive Director in 2009 and previously served in a similar role leading Art Papers magazine for seven years. He successfully transformed both organizations from struggling to thriving through strategic growth initiatives focused on dynamic programming, grass-roots marketing, unconventional partnerships and fiscal responsibility. Formally trained in both studio art and accounting at Auburn University, Jamie leads from a broad spectrum of skills and experiences. He served as a medic in the US Army Reserves for eight years and has worked as a CFO and public accountant. At Hambidge's 600-acre creative sanctuary, Jamie has established environmental, historical, agricultural and creative initiatives. He is perhaps best known for implementing unique rural and urban community engagement projects that embrace experimental cross-pollination among artists, dancers, musicians, architects, healers, scientists and chefs.


Blair Benjamin | Director, the Studios at MASS MoCA, MASS MoCA

Since joining MASS MoCA in 2000, Blair has worked on fundraising, real estate development, economic research, financial and business support for artists, and artist residency services. He founded the Assets for Artists program in 2007, and the Studios at MASS MoCA in 2015. He is also a former Peace Corps volunteer who served in Cote d'Ivoire.


Eve Biddle | Co-Director, Wassaic Project

Eve Biddle is an artist passionate about public art and its powerful effect on community. Biddle has been commissioned by Philadelphia Mural Arts, Indianapolis Arts Council, NYCares, North Brooklyn Public Arts Council and Local Projects at 5Pointz. In collaboration with her husband, Joshua Frankel, she has created over 16,000 square feet of public murals across the country, to which TimeOut NY says “make a beeline”. She holds a BA in Art History from Williams College.


Kathy Black | Program Director, Vermont Studio Center

Kathy Black is the Program Director at the Vermont Studio Center, where she has been for over 25 years. Prior to her work in this residency program, she taught in several college art programs in Vermont. Kathy grew up in Chicago, holds a BA in English from the University of Illinois, a BFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Kathy has attended residencies at Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI and La Napoule Art Foundation in France, and has exhibited her paintings in Vermont and around the US.


Rob Blackson | Director, Department of Exhibitions and Public Programs, Tyler School of Art

Rob Blackson has been the Director of Tyler School of Art's Department of Exhibitions and Public Programs since 2011. In 2012, Rob became an Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellow. Previously serving as curator of public programs at Nottingham Contemporary, the UK's newest public contemporary art center, Rob worked with numerous universities, artists, and writers to develop an eclectic and discursive program of lectures, screenings, performances, and live events. He also served as curator of BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle/Gateshead, UK, and the University of Sunderland's Reg Vardy Gallery. Rob has contributed to a variety of catalogs and publications, including Art Journal, Cabinet, and Labyrinth, and he has lectured internationally on issues related to contemporary art practice..


Jamie Blosser | Executive Director, Santa Fe Art Institute

A resident of Santa Fe for almost twenty years, Jamie is a licensed architect working to creatively address equity in the built environment through community dialogue. Jamie recently completed a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, focusing on equity, resilience, and effects of global urbanization in rural communities. Significant local projects of hers as Director of the Santa Fe office of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects (2005-2015), include the CCA Muñoz Waxman Gallery, El Mirador Administration Building, and the Santo Domingo Safety Complex. Her community design work with Ohkay Owingeh over the last fifteen years has led to revitalization of their historic plaza area, and has been published in several magazines and books, including Architectural Record and the Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook. Jamie founded the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative as a forum for peer networking, advocacy, and education supporting culturally appropriate and sustainable development in American Indian communities. She is Executive Producer of a PBS Natural Heroes documentary, airing in Spring 2016. She received her Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.


Moira Brennan | Executive Director, MAP Fund

Under Moira's twelve-year leadership, the MAP Fund has dramatically increased the number of proposals reviewed annually and expanded the program's formidable impact on contemporary American performance. Moira transitioned MAP from an in-house program at Rockefeller Foundation to an independent fund incorporating multiple stakeholders, including the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Moira also designed and administered the Creative Exploration Fund to encourage continued risk-taking among MAP grantees with a record of success, and, with the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, introduced General Operating grants for structural support to organizations and independent artists. She represents the program throughout the country as a speaker on the complex interplay between creativity, art, power and money in contemporary culture. Moira sits on the board of Movement Research and Apple Village Arts. A former editor at Ms. magazine, Moira has written about arts and social justice for a variety of publications, including American Theatre, Ms., and Community Arts Network. She is a graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts.


Arielle Julia Brown | Creative Producer and Social Practice Artist

Arielle Julia Brown is a creative producer, social practice artist and dramaturg. Emerging from her work and research around US slavery, racial terror and justice, Arielle is committed to supporting and creating Black performance work that commands imaginative and material space for social transformation. She is the founder of The Love Balm Project (2010-2014), a workshop series and performance based on the testimonies of women of color who have lost children to systemic violence. The Love Balm Project was developed and produced at cultural institutions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Atlanta. More recently, Arielle developed The DoubleBack, a site specific performance about three enslaved Black women in Providence, RI while in residence at the Center for Reconciliation. She is also the creative producer of Black Spatial Relics, a new performance residency about slavery, justice and freedom. Arielle is a co-creative producer on Remember2019, a performance and residency project based in Phillips County, Arkansas. Arielle’s work and writing on Black political performance has been published in the anthology Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines, ARTS.BLACK and Public Art Dialogue among others. Currently, Arielle is a 2017-2018 Diversity and Leadership Fellow with the Alliance of Artists Communities. She serves as both the Public Programs Developer at the Penn Museum as well as the Cultural Planning Consultant for the Penn and Slavery Project at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her BA from Pomona College and was the 2015-2017 graduate fellow with the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University, where she received an MA in Public Humanities.


Denise Brown | Executive Director, Leeway Foundation

Denise is currently Co-Chair of Bread and Roses Community Fund. In addition, she serves on the advisory committee of Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the boards of Philadelphia's newly formed Philadelphia Public Access Corporation, Delaware Valley Grantmakers, the Henrietta Wurts Memorial Fund, and Scribe Video Center, a Philadelphia-based media arts organization. She served as Associate Director of the Bread and Roses Community Fund from 1998 to 2005 and was a part of Leeway's program redesign process in 2001. In addition to consulting with the Foundation on a number of projects, she has served as a member of Leeway's Advisory Council and interim Board of Directors, officially joining the staff in July 2006. She previously served on the board of the Funding Exchange and the Women's Community Revitalization Project. A graduate of Brown University, Denise was a film programmer for the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, from its debut until 1998. She has also served as a panelist for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.


Emilya Cachapero | Director of Artistic and International Programs, Theatre Communications Group

Emilya Cachapero is the Director of Theatre Communications Group (TCG)'s Artistic and International Programs and has been active in the US arts community for more than 30 years. Emilya oversees TCG's grant programs, international programs and selected special projects. For eleven years she was a member of the Executive Board and Council of International Theatre Institute (ITI) Worldwide, and as lead producer for ITI's New Project Group (NPG) she produced several multi-country collaborations between 2006, 2008, and 2011. In addition to her current responsibilities with TCG, Emilya was a US National Commissioner to UNESCO from 2002-2008. Prior to joining TCG in 1991, she served as General Manager for the Concordia Chamber Symphony; Associate Director of the Non-Traditional Casting Project in New York; Conservatory Administrator for American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco; and chair of the artistic committee for the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco. She was instrumental in creating the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and was its founding producer for the first two years of the program. Her writing has been published in American Poetry Review and several poetry anthologies. Emilya received her BA in creative writing from San Francisco State University and an honorary MFA from the American Conservatory Theater. She is an alumna of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute and artEquity.


Jennifer Calienes | Independent Consultant and Interim Deputy Director, Jacob's Pillow

Jennifer Calienes is a Massachusetts-based national arts consultant with 20 years of experience in non-profit arts organization management, specializing in strategic planning and project management. Jennifer is currently the Interim Deputy Director of Jacob's Pillow, home to America's longest-running dance festival. She serves as a strategic advisor for several multi-year developing national dance initiatives. As a consultant, she helped launch the Jacob’s Pillow Lab and the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron. As Founding Director of the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (2004-2014) at Florida State University, Jennifer developed the nation's first choreographic center, and first in the world situated within a research university. From 1999-2004, Jennifer served as Program Manager for the National Dance Project at the New England Foundation for the Arts. She was a founding partner of the collaborative multi-site residency program, the Hatchery Project, a Founding Board Member of the National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron and is currently on the board of Vermont Performance Lab. She holds a BS in Arts Administration with a Dance Concentration from Butler University.

Christina Catanese | Director of Environmental Art, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Christina Catanese is an environmental scientist, artist, dancer/choreographer, educator, and arts administrator in Philadelphia. As the Director of Environmental Art at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Christina oversees all aspects of creating and implementing an environmental art exhibition program in gallery spaces and on the nature center's 340 acres of forests and fields. Christina has a Masters in Applied Geosciences from the University of Pennsylvania, complementing her BA at Penn in Environmental Studies and Political Science. In her choreographic practice, Christina is currently exploring the ability of dance to take ecological processes that happen over an incredibly long time scale and distill them down to a human scale moment, making them easier to comprehend. As an artist, she has participated in residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute and SciArt Center, and has presented her work throughout Philadelphia and the region.

Elizabeth Chodos | Director, Miller ICA at Carnegie Mellon University

Elizabeth Chodos is Co-Founder of Common Field and Director at the Miller ICA at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a former Executive & Creative Director of Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency. She is interested in creative and enterprising arts administration projects and practices, and moonlights as a creative writer and independent curator. Elizabeth received a Dual MA from the departments of Art History, Theory and Criticism, and Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her BA in Creative Writing, from Sarah Lawrence College. She was formerly Executive Director at Threewalls.

Andrea Chung | Artist

Andrea Chung explores themes of labor and materials and their relationships with post-colonial countries. Andrea is interested in the imbued histories that materials carry and how they also carry with them the stories of human transmission and the long lasting effects of colonialism on tropical 'post-colonial' societies such as the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. She received a BFA at Parsons School of Design and an MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Andrea has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Headlands Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the Joan Mitchell Center. Andrea was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, an Art Matters Grant and the Joan Mitchell Award. Andrea has exhibited nationally and internationally in institutions such as Syracuse University, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Arthouse, Medulla Gallery, apexart, Deutsche Bank, Royal West of England Academy, Punkt Ø, the 2017 Jamaican Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Manetti Shrem Museum. Her work was most recently featured at the Chinese American Museum and the California African American Museum as part of Pacific Standard Time, and in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art for Prospect 4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp. Andrea lives and works in San Diego, CA.

Chris Cook | Executive Director, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Chris Cook joined the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in October 2015 as the Executive Director. He brings to the organization fifteen years of curatorial and non-profit management experience. Previously, Cook was the Executive Director of the experimental arts organization Cannonball in Miami, FL and he served as the Executive Director and Curator of the Salina Art Center in Salina, KS. He has also held curatorial positions at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO and Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA. Since graduating in 2002 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism, Chris has organized over 60 exhibitions with artists such as Adam Pendleton, Fred Sandback, Mary Reid Kelley, Julian Dashper, Chakaia Booker and Stephen Vitiello.


Pamela Carmen Council | Artist

Pamela Council is an exuberant, outspoken change agent. She brings to light under-examined narratives through sculpture, installation, invention, intervention, printed matter, long form email, jokes, style and performance. Pamela has created commissions for Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Her work has been featured at Williams College Museum of Art, African American Museum of Philadelphia, VOLTA and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts. She earned a BA from Williams College where, as a native New Yorker, she was a Merrill Lynch 9/11 Hopes & Dreams Scholar, and an MFA from Columbia University, where she received the Toby Devan Lewis Award. Pamela was a participant in Adidas Group's Global Footwear Creation Trainee Program. Pamela has been an Artist-in-Residence at Bemis Center, Rush Arts Gallery, Mana Contemporary, Catwalk and the Wassaic Project. She is a recipient of the 2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant.

Donta Daniels | Curator, Young Curators Council, Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art

Donta Daniels is 21 years old and from the north side of Philadelphia. He joined Temple Contemporary's Young Curator Council in 2012 as a high school student in 2012, and has since set out for a full-time career as an artist and fashion designer. Donta is currently working on his first collection for his clothing line, New World Order). He aspires to use his talents and art to shed light inspire and others to live life freely and happily.


Thomas Devaney | Poet

Thomas Devaney is the author of four poetry collections and a nonfiction book. He teaches creative writing at Haverford College where his collaborative projects with faculty and staff include the poetry tree tour Under An Oak and INSIDE, a meditation on space and confinement. In 2001 Devaney joined the Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania's literary hub, for an active four years as program coordinator and producer of the monthly radio program Live at the Writers House on 88.5-FM WXPN. From 2005–2010 he was a Senior Writing Fellow in the Critical Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He was awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Critical Writing Program in 2008 and was a Fellow at The MacDowell Colony in 2006. In 2009 he was awarded a summer residency at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France by the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), and in 2016 was awarded the PEW Fellowship for a residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Thomas received his MFA in Creative Writing at Brooklyn College, CUNY in 1998.


Nicole Dowd | Program Manager, Halcyon Arts Lab, Halcyon

Nicole is a passionate believer in the catalytic power of the arts. As Program Director of the Halcyon Arts Lab, she aims to connect socially-engaged artists with the resources and support structure needed to hone their artistic and entrepreneurial skills and create change through community-based art practices. Prior to joining the Halcyon team, Nicole worked with local emerging artists at Hamiltonian Artists where she managed a two-year fellowship program dedicated to career cultivation and artistic mentorship. In addition she organized free public professional development lectures and workshops for the DC arts community. She received a combined BA in fine art and art history from George Washington University and then went on to pursue an MA in exhibition design from the Corcoran College of the Arts & Design at GWU. She currently serves on the Alumni Advisory Board for the Corcoran School, which aims to preserve and strengthen the creative alumni community.


Anna Drozdowski | Conductor of Projects

Anna Drozdowski gets creative things done at the intersection of society, government and academia. In a landscape where the roles of artist, curator and producer are collapsing, she cares deeply about process—seeking collaborators who ask throbbing cultural questions and actively listen. Her hybrid practice engaging diverse communities is informed by her immigrant experience and early practice of ethnography. Anna’s Philadelphia leadership includes residencies, festivals, international exchange and adaptive re-use in projects such as: Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, Artists U, and Neighborhood House. She is a co-founder of Thirdbird and ThinkingDance, launched the Headlong Performance Institute and runs an ad-hoc residency in the hinterlands of Vermont. A graduate of NYU Performance Studies, NEA Journalism and Fulbright Fellow, and grantee of the DAAD, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, TMU, Chicago Seminar on Dance & Performance and Philadelphia Cultural Fund; Anna brings adjacencies into proximity, believing that the most effective partnerships are those which challenge our assumptions. She loves starting things.


Linda A. Earle | Professor of Practice in Art History, Tyler School of Art, Temple University

Linda Earle has worked in the arts as an educator, administrator, funder, curator and advocate. She is especially interested in issues of outreach, equity and inclusion, freedom of expression, and development of new platforms for cultural practice, participation and discourse. She has served as Executive Director the Great Lakes Colleges Association's New York Arts Program, an academic and professional development semester for undergraduates; as Executive Director of Program Director at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; and as a senior Program Director at the New York State Council on the Arts, where the Individual Artists Program was founded under her direction. Linda has taught film and cultural studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, Hunter College and Barnard College, and has served on numerous grants and commissioning panels and artist advocacy groups. She has been a writer in residence at Hedgebrook and has worked on independent film, theatre and visual arts curatorial projects over the years. She serves on the Boards of Art Matters and Poets House and is Chair of the Jerome Foundation Board.


Emily Ensminger | Creative Director, Elsewhere

Emily Ensminger is Creative Director of Elsewhere, a museum and residency set inside a former thrift store. An advocate for independent multi-use live/work organizations with a decade of veteran leadership, Emily focuses on cultivating support for experimental production outside significant art centers. In 2012 she developed Elsewhere's House(pitality) Department, which uses functional art to guide participants through collective living, collaboration and public care of the organization. As former Programs Curator, she continued to innovate museum, residency and education initiatives during significant organizational growth. Additional projects include a map detailing the living systems of 20+ non-commercial spaces, addressing the unseen creativity and labor of Hospitality workers. She also co-founded Rolls, an urban farm operated out of a 100-year-old florist shop which uses abandon artifacts to tell the history of agriculture's past and future. Emily holds a BA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Susan Feder | Program Officer, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Susan Feder joined the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2007 as program officer for Performing Arts and now serves in that capacity in the consolidated program for Arts and Cultural Heritage. Susan oversees grantmaking for performing arts and related organizations, helps develop new initiatives, and works closely with other programs on grants of overlapping areas of interest. Before joining the Foundation, as Vice President of the music publishing firm G. Schirmer, Inc., she spent 20 years developing the careers of many leading composers in the United States, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Earlier in her career she was editorial coordinator of The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, program editor at the San Francisco Symphony, and a freelance writer on music. A graduate of Princeton University, she serves on the University’s Music Department Advisory Council and the Alumni Schools Committee. Susan also received an MA in the history and literature of music from the University of California, Berkeley. Susan is Vice President of the Amphion Foundation, and serves on the boards of Grantmakers in the Arts, the Kurt Weill Foundation and the Charles Ives Society.


Paul Farber | Artistic Director, Monument Lab

Paul M. Farber, PhD is a historian and curator from Philadelphia. He is the Artistic Director of Monument Lab and teaches courses in Fine Arts and Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Paul received a PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan. Paul's research explores transnational urban history, cultural memory, and creative approaches to civic engagement. He is the author of "A Wall of Our Own": An American History of the Berlin Wall (University of North Carolina Press, Forthcoming). He is also the editor of a new critical edition of Made in Germany (Steidl Verlag, 2013), and co-editor of a special issue of the journal Criticism on HBO's series The Wire (2011). Paul has contributed essays to numerous artist publications, and his work on culture has also previously appeared in The Guardian, Museums & Social Issues, Diplomatic History, Art & the Public Sphere, Vibe, and on NPR. As a curator, he organized the exhibitions The Wall in Our Heads and Stephanie Syjuco: American Rubble. He has been invited to lecture and lead workshops at the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as Duke University and Stanford University. He also served as the inaugural Scholar in Residence for Mural Arts Philadelphia.


Ka'ila Farrell-Smith | Co-Director, Signal Fire

Ka'ila Farrell-Smith is a contemporary Klamath Modoc visual artist based in Chiloquin, Oregon. The conceptual framework of her practice focuses on channeling research through a creative flow of experimentation and artistic playfulness rooted in Indigenous aesthetics and abstract formalism. Utilizing painting and traditional Indigenous art practices, her work explores space in-between the Indigenous and Western paradigms. Ka’ila displays work in the form of paintings, objects, and self-curated installations. Ka’ila is a Co-Director for Signal Fire artist residency program. Her work has been exhibited at Out of Sight, Museum of Northwest Art, Tacoma Art Museum, WA; Missoula Art Museum, MT and Medici Fortress, Cortona, Italy; and in Oregon she has work in the permanent collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and Portland Art Museum. Ka’ila has recently been selected to attend artist residencies at Caldera, Djerassi, Ucross, Playa, Institute of American Indian Arts, and Crow's Shadow. Ka'ila Farrell-Smith received a BFA in Painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art and an MFA in Contemporary Art Practices Studio from Portland State University.


David Fraher | President & CEO, Arts Midwest

David Fraher has directed his creative skill to building and leading arts organizations and programs throughout the United States. His primary focus for more than 30 years has been at the helm of Arts Midwest, where he serves as President & CEO. Under David's leadership, Arts Midwest has successfully developed international partnerships and networks, produced performing and visual arts programs, and managed strategic initiatives designed to strengthen the field. To those ends, David is a primary driver of Creating Connection, lending his strategic insights and leadership to the effort's national and local efforts. In addition to his leadership at Arts Midwest, David has served on the Board of the Alliance of Artists Communities. In 2007 he received the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies' Gary Young Award recognizing his leadership in the public sector arts field and in 2008 received the National Endowment for the Arts Chairman's Medal for Distinguished Service.


Melissa Franklin | Director of Pew Fellowships in the Arts, The Pew Center for Arts + Heritage

Melissa Franklin is the director of Pew Fellowships in the Arts at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in Philadelphia. She has held this position since 1995 and has been with the program as a senior staff member since its inception in 1991. From 2005-2008, Franklin co-managed the LINC Philadelphia project as part of a national initiative that seeks to improve artists' living and working conditions. She has served as an advisor to several other foundations on implementing programs to support artists directly. She has served on selection panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Arts Council, St. Louis Contemporary Museum of Art's Great Rivers Biennial Award, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and the Marian Anderson Community and Artist Awards. Melissa was the Advisory Board Chair for Arcadia University Art Gallery and has served on many boards and committees including the City of Philadelphia's 1% for Art Advisory Committee, Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Advisory Committee, and Vox Populi Gallery Advisory Board, among others. She was also a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.


Terra Fuller | Advancement Director, Djerassi Resident Artists Program

Terra Fuller is Advancement Director at Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, CA. Terra has worked with artists at residencies such as Ragdale, New Pacific Studio, and Mesa Refuge. She has five years of fieldwork experience working with artisans internationally in Morocco, Namibia and Ecuador. Terra is a multidisciplinary artist and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She has a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA from Yale University and an MA in arts administration from Indiana University.

 Grant Tony Grant | Co-Director, Sustainable Arts Foundation

Tony comes to the Sustainable Arts Foundation after a long career in the software industry, and his passion for the arts comes from his father, who was a painter and sculptor. Tony and his wife, Caroline, started the Sustainable Arts Foundation to help artists and writers with families pursue creative careers. Not surprisingly, much of their work on the foundation happens late at night after their two boys are sleeping.

Esther Grisham Grimm | Executive Director, 3Arts

Esther's career-spanning work in the arts encompasses museum education, arts education and philanthropy. She is the Executive Director of 3Arts, a nonprofit grantmaking organization dedicated to supporting women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities working in the performing, teaching and visual arts in Chicago through unrestricted grants, residency fellowships, project funding and professional development. Prior to joining 3Arts in 2002, she was the Director of Education and Associate Director of Marwen, an organization that provides out-of-school art instruction, college planning and career development programs to Chicago's under-served youth in grades 6-12. Before Marwen, she was the Assistant Director of Museum Education at The Art Institute of Chicago and the Docent Coordinator at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT. Esther has worked as a writer and editor since 1990, with reviews and features in a variety of magazines, gallery guides, and exhibition catalogues. She also authored six children's non-fiction art-activity books focusing on the art of ancient and living cultures. Currently, she is the Chair of the Board of the Alliance of Artists Communities, the Secretary of the Friends of the Vienna Museum Board of Directors and a member of Grantmakers in the Arts' Individual Artist Support Steering Committee.


Shir Ly Grisanti | Creative Director, c3:initiative

Shir Ly Grisanti is a Jewish Latinx immigrant woman. She founded c3:initiative to support the production of new creative projects by facilitating community engagement between makers & thinkers, arts & cultural institutions and various publics. Her work is guided by the philosophy that society moves toward greater social justice through individual growth, collaboration and community-building. Prior to juggling the joys of entrepreneurial work and motherhood, Shir worked in the Education and Public Programs department of three wonderful and women-founded museums: Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR; The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA; and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA. She received her MA in Museum Studies at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia; BA in International Relations at Tufts University, Medford, MA; and a certificate in Mediation & Conflict Resolution from The Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


Brandon Gryde | Director of Government Affairs, Dance/USA and OPERA America

Brandon has served as the Director of Government Affairs for Dance/USA and OPERA America since 2011, representing the membership in front of Congress, the White House, and Federal agencies. He advocates on a range of issues that include appropriations for the National Endowment for the Arts, support for arts education under at the U.S. Department of Education, nonprofit tax policy issues and cultural exchange at the US Department of State. Brandon previously worked as Director of Communications at Youth Service America in Washington DC and as Director of Publications at Jump Street in Harrisburg, PA. Brandon has a BA in Ethnomusicology and American Literature and Culture from UCLA and an MA in American Studies from Penn State.


Joseph Hall | Deputy Director, BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance

Joseph Hall is Deputy Director at BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and a Bessie Selection Committee Member. He is a 2016 Strokosch Fellowship awardee, NYFA Emerging Leaders Boot Camp participant and an independent producer, curator, and performer working in New York and Pittsburgh. With choreographer Staycee Pearl, he is co-curator of PearlDiving Movement Residency, a month-long residency in Pittsburgh for movement based work by national and local artists. Before relocating to New York in 2014, he created original programming and residencies as Producing Director at Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh. As a performer, Joseph has worked with Staycee Pearl dance project, choreographers Maree Remalia, Jasmine Hearn, and Lida Winfield, video artist Suzie Silver, and presents his own work at The Andy Warhol Museum as part of the annual Trans-Q Live!.

Gia Hamilton

Gia Hamilton | Applied Anthropologist, Residency and Incubator Space Developer

Gia M. Hamilton is an applied anthropologist who employs Social Magic™ methodology to investigate land, labor and cultural production while examining social connectivity within institutions and community. As a model builder, Hamilton co-founded an independent African centered school, Little Maroons, in 2006; later, she opened creative incubator space and intersectional residency Gris Gris Lab in 2009 and designed and led the Joan Mitchell Center artist residency program in New Orleans as a consultant from 2011-2013 and Director from 2013-2018. As the Center Director, Hamilton led the development of the two acre campus capital project using a workforce development project, HyperLocal, and designed the program as a place-based, community-centered laboratory for visual artists, curators and the creative community with the belief that imagination and creativity are paramount to creating a more equitable and socially just society. Currently, Gia is the architect of her latest projects Afrofuture Society and Dark Matter Projects. Hamilton received her BA in cultural anthropology from New York University and MA in applied anthropology from City University of New York’s Graduate Center. She is on the boards of Tulane University’s Newcomb Museum, the Alliance of Artists Communities  and New Orleans Video Access Center and most recently Museum Hue.  Hamilton recently received the 2018 Next City Vanguard Fellowship and was nominated for the 2018 City Business Woman of Year award. Gia currently lives in New Orleans with her four sons and just completed an ethnographic memoir entitled Modern Matriarch.  


Chantal Harris | Administrative Director, Emmanuel College

Chantal Harris has been the Administrative Director of the Emmanuel College Artist in Residence for the past 5 years. She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and after spending six years working as an art installer and framer, began working at Emmanuel College. In addition to the residency, she manages six studios and assists the college Gallery Director with exhibitions.


Lisa Hoffman | Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities

Lisa Hoffman is the Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities, an international association of 400+ artist residency programs and artist-centered organizations. She is the former Associate Director of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, where she oversaw programs and strategic initiatives, community engagement, and the flagship Environmental Program. Prior to McColl Center, she served as Director of Charlotte Nature Museum, and held positions as a science educator and mentor with the District of Columbia and Prince George's County Maryland Public Schools. Lisa has served on the boards of North Carolina Association of Environmental Education Centers, North Carolina Play Alliance, Jazz Arts Initiative, and Lakewood Trolley. In the Summer of 2015, she was appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board. Holding an MS degree in Biology and a BS degree in Botany from Howard University in Washington, DC, Hoffman is dedicated to social practice and the convergence of art and science as a vehicle to improve lives and effect systemic change.


Janelle Iglesias | Artist

Janelle Iglesias was born and raised in Queens, NY. Invested in the metaphors found in objects/materials and their physical language in space, she uses sculpture to access other ways of knowing. Janelle studied Cultural Anthropology at Emory University, earned her MFA in Sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has created site sensitive projects for The Queens Museum, El Museo del Barrio, Socrates Sculpture Park and Sculpture Center, among others. Janelle has been an artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Bemis Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Smack Mellon and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown where she served as the Visual Coordinator from 2011-13. Her work has been supported by The Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts and The Jerome Foundation – through which she traveled to West Papua to research bowerbirds. Janelle also maintains a collaborative practice with her sister Lisa as Las Hermanas Iglesias.


Emily Johnson | Artist

Emily Johnson is an artist who makes body-based work. A Bessie Award winning choreographer, Guggenheim Fellow, and recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award, she is based in New York City. Originally from Alaska, she is of Yup'ik descent and since 1998 has created work that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance. Her dances function as installations, engaging audiences within and through a space and environment—interacting with a place's architecture, history, and role in community. Emily is trying to make a world where performance is part of life; where performance is an integral connection to each other, our environment, our stories, our past, present, and future. Emily's written work has been published and commissioned by Dance Research Journal (University of Cambridge Press); SFMOMA; Transmotion Journal, University of Kent; Movement Research Journal; Pew Center for Arts and Heritage; and the recent compilation, Imagined Theaters (Routledge) by Daniel Sack. Her choreography is presented across the United States and Australia. Emily is a lead collaborator in the Indigenous-artist led Healing Place Collaborative (Minneapolis, MN), focused on the vital role of the Mississippi River in the life of residents along its path; she was an inaugural participant in the Headlands Center for the Arts' Climate Change Residency, a member of Creative Change at Sundance, and served as a water protector at Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock. As a facilitator she has worked with artists and communities. Currently, she hosts monthly bon-fires on the Lower East Side in Mannahatta in partnership with Abrons Art Center and is, with colleagues in Australia and Canada, developing a Global First Nations Performance Network.

 Lela Aisha Jones

Lela Aisha Jones | Founder & Director, FlyGround (Philadelphia, PA)

Lela Aisha Jones is a movement performance artist that intertwines personal history, diasporic movement cultures, and social commentary. The foundation of her work is the individual and collective lived experiences of blackness as archived in and excavated from the body through dance. Her work is currently grounded in the practices of embodied restorative activism, the diasporic nomadic, and the body as an intimate, temporal maroon location. She is a proud native of Tallahassee, FL and feels quite fortunate to live and create in Philadelphia, PA. As the founder of her creative home FlyGround she directs her own artistic projects: the Dancing for Justice Philadelphia Initiative and The Requisite Movers Philadelphia. The work of FlyGround is generously supported by the Artist in Residence program at the Community Education Center and the Incubated Artist Program at Headlong. Lela is a 2015 Leeway Foundation Transformation Awardee, a 2016 Pew Fellow in the Arts, and a 2017 New York Dance and Performance Award | Bessie Nominee. Lela is a Post Doctoral Fellow at Bryn Mawr College.


Aviva Kapust | Executive Director, The Village of Arts and Humanities

Aviva Kapust is the Executive Director of the Village of Arts and Humanities (the Village), a multifaceted organization dedicated to community revitalization through the arts. Kapust joined the Village in 2010 as programs director, and previously worked as an art director and creative director at advertising agencies in New York and San Francisco. She is currently overseeing the Village's Center-funded project SPACES: International Artist Residency Initiative.

Brad Kik | Co-Founder & Co-Director, Crosshatch Center for Art + Ecology

Brad Kik is the co-founder and co-director of Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology, a non-profit organization that connects the lines between art, agriculture, local economy and ecology. Brad's varied background in film study, environmental activism, graphic design, community organizing, traditional music, writing, ecology and permaculture plays a key role in shaping the cross-disciplinary work of Crosshatch. Brad regularly presents on the intersections of art and ecology, particularly in regards to artist residencies and the role of the arts in rural development. Brad serves as a trustee of Earthwork Music Collective and the Alliance of Artists Communities and helps convene and present the Alliance's Emerging Program Institute each year.

Bora Kim | Program Manager, Artist Residencies, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)

Bora is currently a Program Manager of Artist Residencies at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). She oversees all aspects of LMCC's flagship program Workspace - a nine-month studio residency for emerging artists of all disciplines - and is involved in the programming of LMCC's new Arts Center on Governors Island currently under construction. While openly embracing a broad range of art forms, Bora professes a soft spot for classical Hollywood melodramas and film noirs. In addition to her affiliation with LMCC, she pursues independent curatorial projects and film screenings at non-profit cinemas such as Anthology Film Archives.

Dave Kyu | Neighborhood Projects Manager, Asian Arts Initiative

Dave Kyu is a socially engaged artist, writer and project manager based in Philadelphia. Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in the US, his work explores the creative tensions of identity and community in public space. His own creative projects have found him commissioning skywriting planes to write messages 10,000 feet over Philadelphia, and doing everything Facebook told him to do for a month.


Christiane D. Leach | Artist Relations Manager, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Artist Relations Manager Christiane Leach (an artist herself) spends time in person, on the phone, through social media and through email providing extensive advice and connecting artists with resources and networks. She provides counsel, coaching, consoling, networking, grant writing assistance and more to all artists with an intentional eye to serving artists of color, women artists and artists with disabilities who have traditionally not received as much support. Artist Christiane Dolores is a multi-platform Pittsburgh artistic force who for twenty years has fused the spoken, performance and visual arts in an unending compendium of sounds, forms, shapes and words that represent her unique worldview and experience of living in it.


Kelly Lee | Chief Cultural Officer, City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Kelly Lee is the Chief Cultural Officer for the City of Philadelphia, appointed by Mayor Jim Kenney. As Chief Cultural Officer, Kelly leads the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy, which works to increase access to quality arts education, job opportunities for artists, and cultural experiences in the city’s neighborhoods, and is the steward of the largest and oldest public art collection in the country. Prior to joining the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Kelly worked at Innovation Philadelphia, at PECO Energy and the City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce. As Director of Communications of the Pennsylvania Convention Authority, she leveraged the arts in Philadelphia in marketing the Convention Center and the city to attract conferences and conventions to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. A native of Philadelphia and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Kelly currently serves on the Board of Directors of Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia History Museum, Please Touch Museum, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She serves on the Advisory Boards of Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, PHL Diversity, Arts and Business Council, and Penn Museum. In addition, she is the Co-Chair of the City of Philadelphia Music Industry Task Force and serves on the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ PIFA Committee.

Veronique Le Melle

Veronique Le Melle | Arts Management Consultant

Before becoming an independent consultant, Veronique Le Melle Was the Executive Director of Artpace, Inc. from January 2016 until April of 2018. During her tenure, she built on the organization's rich history to develop new programmatic directions and established an enhanced community outreach to more than double its exhibition attendance. Additionally, Veronique focused on identifying diversified earned income streams to create long-term stability for the organization. Previously President and CEO of the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) since January 2009, Veronique revitalized BCA's programs, spearheaded initiatives to increase services for working artists and explored ways to connect with youth and community organizations in Boston's vibrant South End. Prior to her work in Boston, Veronique directed a number of arts and cultural organizations including the Louisiana Division of the Arts, where she successfully restructured Louisiana's Grants Program and implemented a streamlined grant application process. As Director of Cultural Affairs & Tourism for the Queens Borough President's Office, her responsibilities included the oversight of cultural policy, grants administration and the development of tourism strategies for the Borough of Queens. Veronique holds an MPA in Public Policy & Administration from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, an MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College and a BA in Economics/Business Administration from Colorado College.


Melissa Levin | Vice President of Artists, Estates and Foundations, Art Agency, Partners

Melissa Levin is the Vice President of Artists, Estates and Foundations at Art Agency, Partners. She is responsible for advisory services in strategic planning and long-range visioning around individual artist's estates & foundations, including artist legacy planning, building, and management. Prior to joining Art Agency, Partners, for more than 12 years, Melissa worked at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), where she played a leadership role in the development, administration, and artistic direction of major initiatives such as LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island, the River To River Festival, and the organization's Artist Residency programs. She has worked closely with artists across all career-stages and disciplines, fostering their careers, and has been committed to innovative and holistic approaches to supporting artists and initiating programs. She also currently serves on the board of the Alliance of Artists Communities. Previously, Melissa has held positions at Andrea Rosen Gallery, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and Artforum International Magazine. She has participated in panel discussions and served on juries at the National Endowment for the Arts, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, Rhode Island School of Design, Baruch College, and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts; and lectured at the Drew University, University of Oregon in Eugene, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, New York University, and The Cleveland Institute of Art. As an independent curator and writer, Melissa has worked with organizations including Danspace Project, MoMA PS1, NurtureArt, and Real Art Ways among others. Melissa received a BA with honors in Visual Art and Art History from Barnard College.


Stacy Levy | Artist

Stacy Levy's projects show the presence of urban nature clarifying the patterns of natural processes at work on the site. She works with urban streams, rivers, tides & rainwater. Her work registers the changes in nature over the course of a day, a season or a several years. Stacy likes to collaborate directly with natural forces, like tides. She creates works that allows nature to show its very own patterns to the viewer. She concentrates on making places for people to experience urban nature and to witness the fluctuations of the natural world, to bring a sense of wonder and connectedness. Her projects include a temporary tide work on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia and historic stream mapping on the sidewalks of Brooklyn and New York. Many of her projects solve simple site issues like stormwater runoff. Her rain-based works include Rain Ravine at the Frick Environmental Center in Pittsburgh and the Rain Yard at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia. Stacy graduated from Yale University with a BA in Art and a minor in Forestry. She earned her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She is a recipient of the Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Stacy grew up within the Wissahickon Watershed in Philadelphia at the edge of Fairmount Park and played in storm water runoff when she was little, which informed her work. She now lives in Central Pennsylvania in the Penn's Creek Watershed.


Valdi Licul | Partner, Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, P.C

Valdi Licul is a partner at Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, P.C., a leading firm representing employees in all aspects of employment law, including executive compensation, discrimination, breach of contract, non-competition, whistleblower and defamation matters. Valdi has extensive appellate and trial experience and has litigated employment matters before federal and state courts. He is a member of the Second Circuit's Pro Bono Panel and has also been invited to serve as pro bono counsel in employment mediation matters by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Valdi is currently the co-chair of the Employment Litigation Committee of the Federal Bar Council and a member of the Disability Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Valdi received his BA with honors and MA cum laude from the New York Institute of Technology and his law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Since 2011, Valdi has been Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School where he co-teaches "Gender and the Law."

Deenah Loeb | Executive Director, City Parks Association and Art In the Open

As Executive Director of City Parks Association of Philadelphia, Deenah has forged cross-agency partnerships throughout the region, acting as a catalyst for visionary thinking about Philadelphia's urban land and water resources. Deenah co-founded Art in the Open Philadelphia, a regional event that celebrates artists and their inspirations for creating art in the public realm. She received a Knight Cities Challenge grant and National Endowment for the Arts support for creating Urban Arboreta: Transforming Ground, a new prototype for transforming urban vacant lots into productive spaces; and created and implemented Philadelphia LANDvisions & Urban Voids: Grounds for Change. As a consultant at the Pew Charitable Trusts, she created landmark programs to support new opportunities for artists: the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, the National Theater Residence Program and the Philadelphia Dance Initiative. As Associate Project Director of the Fairmont Park Association, she directed Light Up Philadelphia and created Philadelphia's first inventory of public art and sculpture. Deenah serves as trustee at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education.


Clara Lu | Residency Coordinator, Wing On Wo

Clara Lu is an artist born and raised in New York. She studied both in New York and Berlin, and holds a BFA from New York University. She is exploring what it means to be a working artist exploring a multitude of creative pathways across a studio practice, design, and education. Her passions lie in understanding the intersections of visual art, community programing, social practice and diasporic identity.


Ken Lum | Chief Curatorial Advisor, Monument Lab

Vancouver-born artist Ken Lum is known for his conceptual and representational art in a number of media, including painting, sculpture and photography. A longtime professor, he currently is the Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design in Philadelphia. A co-founder and founding editor of Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, he is a prolific writer with numerous published articles, catalogue essays and juried papers. As an artist, he has a long and active art exhibition record of over 30 years, including major Biennial exhibitions around the world. Lum has worked on numerous permanent public art commissions including for the cities of Vienna, Rotterdam, St. Louis, Leiden, Utrecht, Toronto and Vancouver. He holds an honorary doctorate from his undergraduate alma mater, Simon Fraser University. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has received Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and Penn Institute of Urban Research Fellow and an Officer of the Order of Canada. For work with Monument Lab, he and Paul Farber accepted a Knight Foundation grant. A book of Lum’s writings is presently being prepared for publication by Concordia University Press.

Cannupa Hanska Luger | Artist

Cannupa Hanska Luger is a New Mexico-based multi-disciplinary artist. Raised on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, he is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian descent. Using social collaboration and in response to timely and site-specific issues, Cannupa Hanska produces multi-pronged projects that take many forms. Through monumental installations that incorporate ceramics, video, sound, fiber, steel and cut paper, Cannupa Hanska interweaves performance and political action to communicate stories about 21st century Indigeneity. This work provokes diverse publics to engage with Indigenous peoples and values apart from the lens of colonial social structuring and oftentimes presents a call to action to protect land from capitalist exploits. He combines critical cultural analysis with dedication and respect for the diverse materials, environments and communities he engages. Cannupa Hanska holds a BFA in Studio Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts and his work is collected and exhibited nationally and internationally.


David Macy | Resident Director, MacDowell Colony

David Macy manages the Colony's 450 acre campus in Peterborough, New Hampshire, where each year more than 300 artists in eight disciplines take up residence for periods of up to two months. Working with a dedicated staff, David strives to sustain the energized yet unpressured atmosphere conducive to creative work and the exchange of ideas. He has served on the boards of the Alliance of Artists Communities, Monadnock Arts Alive!, and New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts. Having managed construction projects in excess of $10M over 20+ years, David brings passion to designing, building, and stewarding physical spaces meant to serve artists' needs. He is currently shepherding the design process for a new municipal park to be built at the confluence of Peterborough's two rivers (MacDowell invited architect Fellows to a 2016 design competition). David lives in Peterborough with his daughter Rowan.


Louise Martorano | Executive Director, RedLine Contemporary Art Center

Louise Martorano is the Executive Director of RedLine, a non-profit contemporary art center and artist residency located in Denver, CO. RedLine's mission is to foster education and engagement between artists and communities to create positive social change. Under her leadership, RedLine has received the Denver Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (2014 & 2015), the Greenway Foundation’s “Partner in Change” award and recognition from Denver Public Schools for excellence in community engagement. In 2017, she was awarded a Livingston Fellowship for leadership from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Martorano holds an MH from the University of Colorado at Denver with a focus in Contemporary Art History & Music. In addition to her work at RedLine and the contemporary arts, she has worked in the film industry producing and fundraising for independent films that have received international festival recognition in Dallas, Austin, Poland and Denver. She also sits on the advisory committee for the Visiting Artist, Scholar & Design program at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, is the Board Treasurer for the Global Women’s Empowerment Fund, and is on the Board of Trustees for the Harmony Hammond Trust.


Jamē McCray, PhD| Interdisciplinary Ecologist and Artist

Jamē McCray, PhD is an interdisciplinary ecologist with a passion for dance and theater. She uses the performing arts to increase the participation of communities to engage in discussions about today’s environmental challenges. Jamē creates education experiences connecting scientific facts to dance to foster learning, thus helping people develop creative, actionable ideas. She leads STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts, and Math) workshops for teachers interested in enhancing their lessons by adding movement. Jamē works with artists to create high quality art firmly grounded in science. Her choreographic work has been presented at the Philadelphia Flower Show, New York City’s High Line, University of Delaware’s Coast Day, and at school science festivals. She has participated in residencies at Philadelphia’s Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Tupelo Mississippi’s Link Center, and NYC’s SciArt Center. Jamē is currently the Environmental Social Scientist at Delaware Sea Grant. She is also an adjunct artist with the Dance Exchange and associate artist with the Superhero Clubhouse. Jame holds a PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida, an MA in Marine Policy from the University of Miami, and a BS in Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Jamē has also served in the Peace Corps on the island of Samoa.


Jennifer McGregor | Senior Director of Arts, Education & Program, Wave Hill

Jennifer McGregor is the Senior Director of Arts, Education & Programs at Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River in the Bronx, presenting exhibitions in the galleries and on the grounds that engage the public in a dialogue with nature, culture and site. Recent environmentally focused exhibitions include Ecological Consciousness: Artist as Instigator and Of Nature: Jackie Brookner. She oversees the Winter Workspace, a program for twelve artists utilizing the galleries as studios from January through March.


Cassie Meador | Executive Artistic Director, Dance Exchange

Cassie Meador is a choreographer, educator, and writer and is the Executive Artistic Director of Dance Exchange. Her creative work builds ways for communities to be together in shared dialogue and critical reflection, and cultivates opportunities to work together across generations. As Executive Artistic Director of Dance Exchange, she launched Organizing Artists for Change in 2016 — an initiative to support, connect, and grow the network of socially engaged artists. Cassie has taught and created dances in communities throughout the US and internationally in Japan, Canada, England, Ireland, and Guyana. She has worked extensively with the Girl Scouts, National Park Service, and USDA Forest Service to develop and enhance environmental curricula with the arts and encourage environmental stewardship through embodied learning. Cassie is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Montgomery and received the Emerging Leader Award at the 2017 Montgomery County Executive Awards for Excellence in the Arts & Humanities. Cassie graduated with honors from The Ohio State University and joined Dance Exchange in 2002. She became Artistic Director in 2011 and assumed the role of Executive Artistic Director in 2016.


LaNeshe Miller-White | Executive Director, Theatre in the X

LaNeshe Miller-White is a graduate of Temple University's School of Communications and Theatre. She is a co-founder of Theatre in the X, a theater company dedicated to breaking down the barriers to theater by providing accessible productions in Philadelphia’s Malcolm X Park for no cost. She has a passion for art for social change and is a two-time Leeway Foundation Art & Change grantee. In addition to producing theater she is an actress and marketer. She represents the theater mom community as the Philadelphia Co-Chief Representative for the Parent-Artist Advocacy League.


LeConte Moore | Managing Director, DeWitt Stern

LeConte Moore, known as “Count,” is a Managing Director of DeWitt Stern, a division of Risk Strategies Company, an insurance brokerage firm. He specializes in providing insurance and risk management advice to dealers, collectors, auction houses, art warehouses, packers & shippers, museums and artist foundations. Count started into college as a sculpture major. After graduating from Denison University, he followed in the footsteps of Rauschenberg, Warhol and Jasper Johns by doing window display. In 1986 Marsh and McLennan, then the world’s largest insurance broker, hired him to start their art division, which he founded and ran for 20 years. He handled accounts such as the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim and the Getty Museum. He is considered among the country’s leading expert in this highly specialized area handling such prestigious accounts as Gagosian Gallery, The Noguchi Museum & Foundation, the Calder Foundation and a host of America’s top art collectors.


Anne Mulgrave | Manager of Grants and Accessibility, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Anne Mulgrave joined the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council as Manager of Grants and Accessibility in November of 2012. Prior to joining the GPAC staff Anne was the program officer at FISA Foundation, where she managed the Foundation's regional initiative to increase accessibility to the arts for people with disabilities. A longtime advocate for people with disabilities, Anne brings her strong ties to the disability community acting as a bridge connecting people with disabilities to the arts. Anne earned a BA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and both a JD and Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh. Her knowledge of grantmaking, legal training, and experience living happily with dyslexia and ADD provide a diverse set of skills that are uniquely suited to the programs Anne manages. Anne enjoys travel and knitting and combining the two in places like Iceland in February.


Jan Mun | Artist

Jan Mun is a media artist that creates social sculptures working with digital and living media. The landscape has become her framework to unfold stories about others and herself by using a combination of artistic and scientific processes that manifest in the form of interactive installations, photography, performance, and bio-art. Working with communities such as Newtown Creek Alliance, The Honeybee Conservancy and the Soil & Microbiology labs at Brooklyn College, she innovates ideas to be realized through research, chance and collaboration.


Michael Orlove | Director of Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Artist Communities and International Activities | Multidisciplinary Arts, National Endowment for the Arts

Michael Orlove has been Director of Artists Communities, Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works for the National Endowment for the Arts since 2012. In October 2013, Michael also took over the NEA's International Activities. Previously, Orlove spent 19 years as senior program director for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. His tenure with the department led to nearly two decades of innovation, creativity and passion for public service with the City of Chicago. Michael helped transform the Chicago Cultural Center into a prime downtown performing arts venue, as well as launched Chicago SummerDance and World Music Festival: Chicago, two staples in the summer festival season. Michael also served as the director of music programming in Millennium Park since its grand opening in 2004 and helped establish many of the program series at that venue. Honors include being named one of the 'Chicagoans of the Year' in music by the Chicago Tribune in both 1999 and 2009, as well as one of Chicago's 'Global Visionaries' by Chicago Public Radio WBEZ and the Chicago Matters: Beyond Burnham series. He has a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA in Performing Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago.


Michelle Angela Ortiz | Artist

A Michelle Angela Ortiz is a visual artist and community arts educator who uses her art as a vehicle to represent people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted. Through painting, printmaking and community arts practices, she creates a safe space for dialogue around some of the most profound issues communities and individuals may face. Her work tells stories using richly crafted and emotive imagery to claim and transform spaces into a visual affirmation that reveals the strength and spirit of the community. For over eighteen years Michelle has used the arts as a tool for communication to bridge communities. As a highly skilled muralist, she has designed and created over 50 large-scale public works nationally and internationally. Since 2008, Michelle has led community building and art for social change public art projects both independently in Costa Rica and Ecuador and through the United States Embassy as a Cultural Envoy in Fiji, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Venezuela and Honduras. In Cuba, she completed the first US-funded public art project since the re-opening of the United States Embassy in Havana in 2015. Michelle is a 2018 PEW Fellow, a Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellow, a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist National Fellow, and a Santa Fe Art Institute Equal Justice Resident Artist. In 2016, she received the Americans for the Arts' Public Art Year in Review Award which honors outstanding public arts projects in the nation. She is also fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts (2011), recipient of the Leeway Foundation Transformation Award (2008) and Art & Change Grant (2013, 2012 & 2006.) She holds a BA in Fine Arts from Moore College of Art & Design and an MS in Arts and Cultural Management from Rosemont College.


Jayson Overby, Jr. | Curator

A graduate of Morehouse College, Jayson Overby, Jr. is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. His curatorial interests include the history, theory, and aesthetics of photography in African-American history and culture. Currently, he lives and works in New York City.

 Carla Peterson

Carla Peterson | Director, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography

Carla Peterson was appointed Director of Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University's School of Dance in Tallahassee, Florida in May 2014 after serving as Artistic Director (and chief curator) of New York Live Arts and of Dance Theater Workshop. Previously, she served as Executive Director of Movement Research, an internationally recognized dance laboratory in New York City, as both Managing Director of the National Performance Network and Director of The Suitcase Fund at Dance Theater Workshop and as Assistant Performing Arts Director at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH. Carla has worked widely as a freelance arts consultant with artists, not-for-profit arts organizations and foundations and continues to serve on national dance and performing arts panels. She received a 2005 Bessie New York Dance and Performance Award in recognition of her leadership at Movement Research and service to the dance community. In 2012, she was made a Chevalier de L'Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres by the French government. She currently serves on the boards of Movement Research and Mount Tremper Arts, and on the Steering Committee of the New York Dance and Performance Awards, aka The Bessies, since 2009. She holds an MFA from The Ohio State University and a BS from the University of Illinois.

Craig T. Peterson | Artistic Director, Abrons Arts Center

Craig Peterson is currently the Artistic Director of the Abrons Arts Center and the Deputy Program Officer for Visual and Performing Arts at Henry Street Settlement, a home for contemporary interdisciplinary arts in Manhattan's Lower East Side neighborhood. A core program of Henry Street Settlement, Abrons advocates for diverse artistic communities through presentations and exhibitions, educational programs and artist residencies. Previously he was the Director of Programs at Gibney Dance, a multi-faceted center for dance and performance development, training and presentation in New York City. From 2009-2013, Craig was the Director of the annual Philadelphia Fringe Festival, a three-week city-wide festival featuring the work of more than 200 performing artists and companies. During this time he also directed the Live Arts Brewery (LAB), a research and development program supporting long term residencies and engagement activities for local and national artists. For ten years he served on the staff of Dance Theater Workshop, one of America's preeminent contemporary performing arts institutions. For four years he served as the organization's Co-Artistic Director. Craig serves on the board of directors of the Alliance of Artist Communities as well as Big Dance Theater. He is a graduate of the Senior Leadership Program of Columbia University's School of Business and received a BA in Dance and Theater from Bard College in 1993.


Sharbreon Plummer | Independent Researcher

Sharbreon Plummer is an artist, researcher and PhD student in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy at The Ohio State University. Focusing on Art Education and African American Studies, her research areas combine Critical Multiculturalism, Critical Race Theory, and Black Feminist Theory — examining how art, combined with these frameworks, can implicate or dismantle issues such as privilege and systemic oppression within arts-based dialogues and the larger cultural sphere. As an independent researcher and curator, much of her work has explored how cultural traditions and indigenous practices act as influencers of personal expression and contemporary work, specifically across the African and Latin American Diasporas. She has presented and organized projects and dialogues related to equity and inclusion for Black artists, women's work and Southern oral history. As a community engaged practitioner, her past residency work has included forging and sustaining local and national partnerships, building cultural awareness, program development and direct artist support.


Stephanie Raines | Program Curator, Hestia

Stephanie Raines is an arts administrator, independent curator and artist advocate based in Georgia. She holds degrees in photography, art history, and an MA in Arts Administration. She is currently the Program Curator for Hestia Artist residency, a project-based residency operating on the East and West coasts of North America.


Carolyn Ramo | Executive Director, Artadia

Carolyn Ramo is the Executive Director of Artadia, which provides curator-driven direct grants and other impactful programs to visual artists in cities across the US. Carolyn joined the staff at Artadia in July of 2012. Prior to serving at Artadia, Carolyn was a partner at Taxter & Spengemann, a contemporary art gallery that focused on emerging artists. From 2007-10, Carolyn was the Production Director at David Zwirner Gallery. Carolyn has also worked at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Carolyn is a member of the Board of Directors of The People’s Portfolio, a non-profit organization that brings visibility to humanitarian crises..


Pedro Ramirez | Artist

Born in Virginia, Pedro Ramirez is an artist whose work focuses on ecologies, systems, and cycles filtered through a unique artistic lens that uses the visual language of botanicals and natural materials. His passion for all things green and investigations into the relationships that people have with the environment, has led him to create fully immersive installations, which attempt to be a multi-sensory experience. Many of the plants used in his installations are edible or native, adding their own significance. All point to the relationships between people and plants and how that relationship might be improved through education and awareness.


Rachel Reichert | Cultural Sites Manager, Boise Arts & History / James Castle House

Rachel Reichert creates collaborative cultural experiences that mobilize people and build community. She oversees the Boise City Department of Arts & History’s Cultural Sites program, which establishes place-based programs within Boise’s most cherished heritage locations. Capitalizing on the City of Boise’s dedication to preserve the legacy of American artist, James Castle, Rachel was assigned to develop and manage the vision for the newly acquired James Castle House. She was tasked with establishing the site’s preservation and master plan, its exhibitions and its Residency Program, adding a new dimension to Boise’s cultural offering and placing the city on the map for followers of Castle’s work and self-taught art enthusiasts around the world. Additionally, Rachel co-founded The Atlanta School, a small art and architecture school in Atlanta, Idaho offering workshops and residency opportunities throughout the summer months.


Dani Reuben | Program Manager, Artist Residencies, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)

Dani Reuben is an arts administrator originally from the Bay Area, California. As a Program Manager of Artist Residences at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, she oversees the SU-CASA Manhattan Residency program which matches artists with senior centers to do six months of art programming, as well as the Paris Residency program which sends one New York-based artist to Paris for six months. A painter and a performer, Dani believes strongly in free and accessible art, and the impact it can have on individuals and communities. She has studied theater at the Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre and painting at Parsons The New School of Design. She has also worked as a Program Assistant at the Whitney Museum and an Events and Programming Assistant at The New School, as well as supported and contributed to various independent curatorial and artistic projects. She holds a BA with honors in Visual Studies from Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.

 Shey Rivera

Shey Rivera | Artistic Director, AS220

Shey Rivera Ríos is the Artistic Director at AS220, an internationally renowned arts center in Providence, RI, and a multi-genre artist. Their work at AS220 focuses on the role of art and culture as a catalyst for social change through community engagement, cross-sector partnerships, and urban planning. Shey is an active member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC). Part of the founding team of Festival de la Palabra, the largest literature festival in Puerto Rico. The same team reopened the Museum House Concha Melendez in San Juan and activated it with public programming as a hub for literary arts. Shey completed a BA with double major in Psychology and Sociology in the University of Puerto Rico and coursework in the graduate program for Contemporary Media and Culture in the University of the Sacred Heart, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Rivera is a Brown University Public Humanities Fellow as well as Fellow of the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI).


Tamara Ross | Director, Arts Administration, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Tamara's connection with The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity has spanned her entire life. After working in various departments at The Banff Centre in support of the artist during her teens, Tamara ventured to Vancouver to garner both Commerce and Education degrees from the University of British Columbia. In Vancouver she was a high school teacher and Manager of Artistic Operations with Ballet British Columbia. In 2005, Tamara went east to complete her MBA at HEC Montréal and then returned to Calgary to manage the School of Alberta Ballet before re-joining The Banff Centre in her current role. She is proud to contribute to the great things The Banff Centre does and has seen first-hand the transformative effects this special place has for artists, leaders and all who visit it.


Michael Royce | Executive Director, New York Foundation for the Arts

Michael Royce is the Executive Director of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). In 2018 he was given the Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award, and in 2017 Time Out New York Magazine named NYFA as one of their top ten organizations that make living in New York a better place. Michael has designed many programs for emerging artists, mid-career, and aging artists in the US, and last year, launched a national program for immigrant artists in Detroit, Newark, Oakland and San Antonio. Further, Michael has developed entrepreneurial training programs for partners in several countries, including Guatemala, Ireland and China. He was the co-chair of Grantmakers in the Arts' Individual Artists Group Steering Committee for three years, and as a trustee, has served on the New York Council of Nonprofits, the Jersey City Museum, the Art Directors Club of New York, and the Rebecca Kelley Ballet.


Jen Saffron | Director of Communications, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Jen Saffron is an award-winning media artist, producer, and educator and is the Director of Communications for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. At the Arts Council, she is the editor of the Arts Blog, co-host of Art Happens TV, and develops communications campaigns and strategies that support arts nonprofits and artists across the ten-county region in Southwestern Pennsylvania. She is a photographer, writer, and performing artist who lives on the Northside of Pittsburgh with her two sons.


Eleanor Savage | Program Director, Jerome Foundation

Eleanor Savage is a civic-minded, anti-racist artist and organizer, who has instigated many community-focused, artist-centered events in Minneapolis, MN. Eleanor is the Program Director at the Jerome Foundation, an independent foundation that supports early career artists in the creation and development of new work. She focuses much of her work in arts philanthropy advocating for racial equity. She is a co-chair of Grantmakers in the Arts' Support for Individual Artists Committee. She has produced documentary and experimental media with many Minneapolis and New York performers and choreographers. She has 20 years of experience organizing multi-disciplinary, multi-generational, multi-community art events around social and racial justice values. She received her MFA in Arts Management from Virginia Tech and her BFA from Mercer University. Eleanor has a life-long commitment toward promoting human rights as a guiding force and actively works as a white, queer, butch against racism and all the other intersecting oppressions.

 Saliq Francis Savage

Saliq Francis Savage | Artist, Founder & Director, KulturPark Stolpe

Saliq Francis Savage has been making art, teaching dance, and developing organizational structures at Ponderosa TanzLand Festival, Stolzenhagen, Germany since 2005. In 2015 he created TaubenBlau, a Seminarhaus in Stolzenhgan, hosting yoga retreats, and team building events year-round. In 2016, he purchased a defunct 4.5 hector cement factory in Stolpe, a village near neighboring Stolzenhagen with visions of developing KulturPark Stolpe, a multidisciplinary creative community. In its burgeoning stages, KulturPark Stolpe has hosted BetOnest, an artist residency program for the past two years. In collaborative partnership, Ponderosa, TaubenBlau and KulturPark Stolpe have incorporated to share infrastructure and synergize. Saliq is a Certified Practitioner and Teacher of Body-Mind Centering and Infant Developmental Movement Education. He Co-Directed and performed with Wire Monkey Dance Company from 2000-2010.


David Sheingold | Independent Consultant

David Sheingold is an independent consultant providing organization and project development, strategic planning and advising, and facilitation services. Client list includes: 651 ARTS, Abrons Arts Center, Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, ArtsPool, Brooklyn College, Creative Capital, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance, French Institute Alliance Francaise, Holcombe Waller, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Miami Light Project, New York Dance and Performance Awards, NYC Performing Arts Spaces, ODC Theater, Pat Graney Company, Pew Charitable Trust, Queer/Art, Spaceworks, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The MAP Fund, and Vermont Performance Lab, among others. David has served as guest lecturer, moderator, and panelist for the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, Columbia University, Cornell University, Creative Capital, CUNY, Dance NYC, Grantmakers in the Arts, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, New York University, and The New School University, among others. David was Dance Theater Workshop's Senior Producer, Director of Community Programs, and Manager of Institutional Giving. David holds a BA in Urban Studies from Vassar College and an MBA in Management and Organizational Behavior from Baruch College.


Jennifer Shropshire | Principal, Edward F. Swenson & Associates, Inc.

Jennifer Shropshire is Principal of Edward F. Swenson & Associates, Inc., a management and fund-raising consulting firm that works exclusively with non-profit organizations. She has had the honor of working alongside a thousand volunteer and staff leaders over the years. Her client list is a reflection of the vitality and diversity of the greater Philadelphia region, and it speaks volumes about her wide range of interests. Jennifer also works as a consultant and instructor with the Nonprofit Center of the LaSalle University School of Business. Now a thirty-year veteran of the nonprofit world, Jennifer began her career in the Development Office of the Walnut Street Theatre. She earned a BS degree in management science from SUNY Oswego and went on to earn an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She recently stepped down from the Oswego Alumni Association Board of Directors after a 20-year run. She has served as National Chair for the Fund for Oswego and is now on the College Foundation Board of Directors. Previously a long-time Board member of Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, Jennifer currently serves on the Boards of Presbyterian Senior Living and Cathedral Village.


Dara Silver | Special Projects and Grants Program Manager, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

Dara Silver is the Senior Administrative Assistant, Special Projects, and Grant Program Manager at The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, where she has worked for the past 8 years. She assists the President & CEO and provides support for the Board of Trustees, in addition to overseeing nine grant and target initiative programs that make over 100 awards totaling $1.2 million. Special projects she has worked on include American for the Arts' Arts and Economic Prosperity Study 5, City of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County's Public Art Commission, City of Winston-Salem's STAR Community Program and Family Services' Family Violence Prevention Initiative.


Kira Simon-Kennedy | Co-Founder & Director, China Residencies

Kira is the Co-Founder & Director of China Residencies, a multifaceted arts nonprofit dedicated to creating a free online directory of opportunities in mainland China and Hong Kong for creative people from all over the world. China Residencies funds artists and projects and nurtures the next generation of organizers and administrators like Wing On Wo, BUFU and Yellow Jackets Collective through fiscally sponsored fellowships and advises existing and envisioned residency programs across the region to foster successful creative exchange for visiting artists. Kira is currently a fellow at NEW INC, the New Museum's incubator for art, design and technology, as well as the IFP Made in NY Media Center, creating Rivet, a platform to connect creative people with opportunities worldwide. Kira also produces independent films, including Jessica Kingdon's award-winning short documentary Commodity City.


Andrew Simonet | Artist + Founder, Artists U

Andrew Simonet is a writer and choreographer in Philadelphia. His debut young adult novel, Wilder, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in November 2018. From 1993 to 2013, Andrew co-directed Headlong Dance Theater, creating dances like CELL (a journey for one audience member guided by your cell phone), and This Town is a Mystery (dances by four Philadelphia families in their homes). In 2006, Andrew founded Artists U, an artist-run incubator for helping artists make sustainable lives. Artists U creates and distributes free, open-source tools for artists to build balanced, sustainable lives, including Making Your Life as an Artist, The Artists Raising Kids Compendium, and Artists U Working Groups. Artists U has programs and artist leaders in Philadelphia, Baltimore and South Carolina, and offers weekend workshops nationally. He has received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Fellowship in the Arts, a Bessie for Choreography at the New York Dance and Performance Awards, and residencies at Yaddo, Ucross and Hambidge. Andrew’s performance work has been supported by The Creative Capital Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Trusts, Rockefeller Foundation, Japan Foundation, and New England Foundation for the Arts, and produced by Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), The Kyoto Art Center, P.S. 122 (NYC), Central Park Summerstage, The Jade Festival (Tokyo), The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, MASS MoCA and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.


Amy Smith | Co-Director, Headlong Dance Theater

Amy Smith is a founder and Co-Director of Headlong Dance Theater. Since 1993, Headlong has created collaborative dance theater works, and toured nationally and internationally. They have won many accolades, including Pew Fellowships and a "Bessie" award. Recent Headlong projects include W*LM*RT Nature Trail, an experiential journey for one audience member at a time, starting in the South Philly Walmart; and Magic Wand, a collaboration with Adriano Shaplin about vibrators. Outside of Headlong, Amy has performed in the work of Deborah Hay, Ishmael Houston Jones, and in theater and cabaret, and has won two Ensemble Barrymore Awards. In addition to her artistic work, Amy teaches financial literacy for artists and serves as an activist and advocate for the arts community. She is active in Dancing For Justice Philadelphia, and co-facilitates conversations and trainings on systemic oppressions. She has served on the board of Dance/USA and other organizations. Since 2008, Headlong has been running the Headlong Performance Institute, a fall semester training program for college students and recent grads.


Caralyn Spector | Creative Strategist

Caralyn Spector has been working in the non-profit and commercial arts for more than 25 years. She spent the last year as interim CEO for DataArts (fka the Cultural Data Project), a service/technology non-profit that collects and analyzes data for arts and cultural organizations across the country. From 2009-2017, under the Obama administration, Caralyn was the deputy and chief of staff to the Senior Deputy Chair and a senior policy advisor to the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Caralyn was also the Program Manager for the Columbia University Arts Initiative producing new programs to make the arts and culture of New York more accessible to the entire students, faculty, staff, alumni, and neighbors of Columbia. In her formative years, she worked in marketing and business management on- and off-Broadway for shows like Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show, Annie Get Your Gun, Spamalot, and The Donkey Show. Caralyn is a proud Philly native and Barnard College graduate.


Eric Sutphin | Manager of Special Programs, School of Visual Arts

Eric Sutphin is a writer and painter based in New York. He received his BFA from Rutgers University: Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2007 and his MFA from The School of Visual Arts in 2014. He is a regular contributor to Art in America and has been published in Artforum, frieze, The Brooklyn Rail, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Artcritical and The Mantle. He has contributed print and digital catalogue essays for artists including Aaron Spangler, Jonas Mekas, Michael De Feo, Matt Jones and Ursula von Rydingsvard. He has been a visiting critic at University of Delaware, Rutgers University, The School of Visual Arts, Seton Hill University and Delaware College of Art and Design. Recent curatorial projects include Black Diamonds: Photographs by Jason Andrew for SPRING/BREAK Art Show (New York, NY) and Key Change at AGENCY (Brooklyn, NY). He recently edited Rosemarie Beck: Letters to a Young Painter and other Writings which was published in 2018 by Soberscove Press (Chicago).

Liam Sweeney | Analyst, Ithaka S+R

Liam Sweeney is an Analyst at Ithaka S+R. His work focuses on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion among cultural organizations, applying quantitative and qualitative research methods to issues of demographic change, institutional culture, strategic leadership, and organizational structure. He holds a BPhil from the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied English literature and economics. Liam is currently pursuing an MA in Liberal Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center.


David Szlasa | Design and Programming Consultant

David Szlasa is a consultant specializing in start-up and new program development for dance and performance residencies including facilities design and renovation, programming, and resource development. Szlasa’s project Range Studio - a collection of tiny mobile studio spaces deemed a Living Innovation Zone by the City of San Francisco - is a national model for cross sector partnerships between city government, real estate developers, institutional funders and academic institutions. While Programming Director at Z Space in San Francisco, David established a residency program that gave performance artists space and resources to explore big design ideas with full staff and technical support in a fully equipped theater. Most recently, David served as the Director of the Petronio Residency Center in Round Top, NY situated on 175 acres in the Catskill Mountains. David has held teaching appointments at Stanford University, St. Mary’s College of California, New York University and currently at Bard College. In 2015, David relocated to the Hudson Valley to renovate a 200-year-old farmhouse, develop homesteading and sustainability skills with his growing family, and bolster opportunities for artists to create exceptional work outside of an urban center.


Mark Taylor | Composer and Artistic Director, Interrobang Arts, Inc.

Composition has been a major component of Mark Taylor's vision for his entire professional life, stimulated by his experience as a protégé of the legendary composer, percussionist, NEA Jazz Master and MacArthur Fellow Max Roach. One of the few musicians to have successfully integrated the notoriously difficult French Horn into the landscape of jazz and improvised music, Mark has worked with extraordinary contemporary composers including Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, Wadada Leo Smith and Muhal Richard Abrams. When being stricken with Embouchure Dystonia brought his career as a horn player to a halt, Mark turned potential tragedy into a blessing by shifting his focus to the art of composing, setting in motion the fulfillment of a life-long goal. Now fully focused upon composing, arranging and education, Mark has embarked upon a number of projects through the non-profit organization Interrobang Inc., for which he serves as artistic and educational director. These include composing contemporary scores for silent films, particularly classic Black films, launching the chamber ensemble View from the Balcony and continuing to perform on piano with his jazz ensemble Secret Identity. Mark composes, performs and produces music for licensing to cable television channels. He has been commissioned to compose for theatre, dance, film and the concert stage, and has released four CDs of original music.


Nato Thompson | Artistic Director, Philadelphia Contemporary

Nato Thompson is a curator and author and works as Artistic Director at Philadelphia Contemporary. Philadelphia Contemporary is a mobile contemporary art organization in the process of creating a non-collecting museum in the city of Philadelphia. Previous to Philadelphia Contemporary, he worked as Artistic Director at the New York-based public art organization Creative Time, which he joined in January 2007. Since then, Thompson has organized such major Creative Time projects as The Creative Time Summit (2009–2015), Pedro Reyes’ Doomocracy, Kara Walker’s A SubtletyLiving as Form, Trevor Paglen’s The Last Pictures, Paul Ramírez Jonas’s Key to the City, Jeremy Deller’s It is What it is (with New Museum curators Laura Hoptman and Amy Mackie), Democracy in America: The National Campaign and Paul Chan’s Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, among others. Previously, he worked as Curator at MASS MoCA, where he completed numerous large-scale exhibitions, including The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere, with a catalogue distributed by MIT Press. He has written two books of cultural criticism, Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century and Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life.


Julie Trébault | Director of the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC), PEN America

Julie Trébault is the Director of PEN America's new Artists-at-Risk Connection project. A highly respected leader in the art world, she brings skills, experience and a network to launch a new support system for artists at risk worldwide. Before joining PEN, she served as Director of Public Programs at the Museum of the City of New York, where she built a robust roster of panel discussions, performances, screenings and symposia spanning New York City's arts, culture and history. She previously was Director of Public Programs at the Center for Architecture. Before moving to New York, she worked at the National Museum of Ethnology in The Netherlands, where she built a network of 116 museums across the globe that shared a virtual collection of masterpieces and developed an innovative array of online and mobile applications and exhibitions to make the collection as widely accessible as possible. From 2004 until 2007, she was Head of Higher Education and Academic Events at the Musée du quai Branly (Paris), where she conceived and implemented a policy for higher education by creating an international network of universities, graduate schools, and research institutes. Trébault holds an MA in Arts Administration from the Sorbonne University and a MA in Archeology from the University of Strasbourg.


Kanchana Ugbabe | Writer at Risk in Residence, Fordham University and PEN America

Kanchana Ugbabe moved from Chennai, India where she was born and raised to Jos, Nigeria as wife, mother, scholar and academic. Crossing from Asia to Africa (with a stint in Scotland and an extended period in Australia) has made her sensitive to the dynamics of breaching boundaries and discovering/creating the space called 'home'. As Professor of English at the University of Jos, Nigeria, Kanchana developed an interest in women's cultural identities as evidenced in their writing, the tropes and approaches used, and the ways in which women's voices are heard. Kanchana's participation in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa enabled her to hone her personal skills and vision as a writer. Her collection of short stories, Soulmates, was published by Penguin in 2011. Kanchana was a visiting scholar at Harvard University from 2016-2017. Kanchana has lived as a writer and academic in a highly unstable and volatile part of Nigeria, Jos, which sits in the fault line between ethnicity and religious fundamentalism. During the past fifteen years, terrorism and violence in the area have made personal security an increasing challenge for her. Kanchana has a BA and MA in English from Madras University, India, and PhD in English from Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. She is currently on a teaching assignment at Fordham University, an appointment jointly hosted by the English department and PEN America.


Sharon Ullman | Deputy Director, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Sharon Ullman is the Deputy Director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, an organization that supports the legacy of the artist’s life and work as well as extensive philanthropy and residency programs. Previously she was Chief Operating Officer for Office for Metropolitan Architecture/NY, founded by Rem Koolhaas, and Director of Administration for 2x4, a global design consultancy that focuses on brand strategy for cultural and commercial clients. She has been a Freelance Producer working in print photography, broadcast television, music videos, and graphic design. Sharon has devoted her nearly twenty-five-year career to providing managerial leadership and financial acumen to advance creative and artistic endeavors and organizations. Born in Ohio, Sharon is a graduate of Kent State University and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her son, Sam.


Steven Wang | Executive Director, High Concept Labs

Steven Wang has over seven years of experience within the consumer packaged goods industry helping Fortune 500 companies develop and grow their store brands. His experience spanned the realms of new product development, market research, and category management for such retailers as Kroger, Office Depot, and Safeway. His passion for opera—and the desire to find ways to expand its audiences—influenced him to pursue his MBA at the University of Cambridge in the UK, specializing in Culture and Arts Management. Steven joined High Concept Labs as the organization's first full-time Executive Director in 2015 and has helped triple its budget, grow its board of directors, and expand staffing to include the organization's first artistic director. Steven has also served as a panelist with the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Steven is a board member of the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago and a founding member of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago MakeWork Council. Steven also holds a BS in Marketing (Honors) and Economics from Arizona State University.


Crystal Wei | Executive Director, Mount Tremper Arts

Crystal Wei is Executive Director of Mount Tremper Arts, a year-round residency center for experimental performing arts in the Catskill Mountains in New York. Committed to supporting artists, she has fundraised in the performing and visual arts for Orchestra of St. Luke's, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and New Museum of Contemporary Art, and is on the Board of Firehouse Space Collective in Brooklyn. Crystal has been a guest speaker at Arts Reach and Fundraising Day as an advocate for collaborative-based organizational practices. She has a BA in studio art and psychology from Williams College.


Quaishawn Whitlock | Artist Educator + Artist in Residence, Andy Warhol Museum, Father Ryan Arts Center + Artists Image Resource

Quaishawn Whitlock is an artist and educator working in Pittsburgh, PA. He currently holds education positions at The Andy Warhol Museum and Father Ryan Arts Center as well as being an studio assistant at the community print studio, Artists Image Resource. When Quaishawn was still in high school at Shadyside Academy he started as an intern at The Andy Warhol Museum through the FAME program (Fund for the Advancement of Minorities through Education), working as in intern the Museum Education Studio as well as the Summer Dreamers Academy and Warhol Summer Camps. Quaishawn is now finishing school at the University of Pittsburgh with BA In Urban Planning. As an Artist in Pittsburgh, his focus leans toward the the intersection of arts/printmaking, community, commerce and race.


Nancy Wilhelms | Executive Director, Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Nancy Wilhelms joined Anderson Ranch Arts Center in 2011 and was named Executive Director in 2013. During her tenure, she has improved the Ranch's fiscal position and future sustainability, increasing its operating budget by 34%, its endowment by 27% and total enrollments by 22%. She has presided over significant growth of the donor group and has overseen the creation and implementation of a Long Range Plan to ensure a sustainable future. Nancy has implemented an enhanced Featured Artists Series, bringing the top names in contemporary art to the Ranch. She developed a robust Visiting Artists Program and the Advanced Mentored Studies Program, pairing master artists and students, and the Scholarship/Partnership program, aligning the Ranch with leading colleges and universities. Nancy oversaw the Ranch's highly successful 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2016. Prior, Nancy was President of WestGroup Marketing serving major international corporations.


Diane Wong | Organizer, The W.O.W. Project

Diane Wong is an Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow in New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She holds a PhD in American Politics and MA in Comparative Race, Ethnicity and Immigration at Cornell University. Her intellectual interests include Asian American politics, race and ethnicity, urban governance, displacement, comparative immigration, gender and sexuality, cultural and media studies, and community engaged research. Her current research focuses on intergenerational resistance to gentrification in New York, San Francisco, and Boston Chinatowns. Her work draws from a combination of methods including ethnography, participatory mapping, archival research, and oral history interviews with tenants, organizers, restaurant and garment workers, small business owners, public health workers, and artists. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (2014-2017), Mellon Foundation, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, New York Public Library and Cornell University’s American Studies Program. Her work has appeared in Urban Affairs Review, Asian American Policy Review, Push/Pull, and a variety of books, journals, anthologies and podcasts. Diane also works as a community organizer with groups like CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, Chinatown Art Brigade, and The W.O.W. Project.


James Wright | Director of Community, Economic, and Real Estate Development, People's Emergency Center

James Wright is the Director, of Community, Economic, and Real Estate Development at the People’s Emergency Center CDC (PECCDC). James has 15 years of experience in neighborhood planning, economic and real estate development, and galvanizing multiple stakeholders to leverage community assets, specifically business corridors. James holds an MBA in Urban Economic Development from Eastern University. He was recognized as a 2016 Rising Star by the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations. Prior to PECCDC, James handled real estate development at New Kensington Community Development Corporation. He serves on the boards of Mighty Writers, West Philly Tool Library, Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, and Historical Preservation Task Force.

 Cheryl Young

Cheryl Young | Executive Director, MacDowell Colony

As Executive Director of the McDowell Colony, Cheryl Young oversees the creative mission as well as the financial well-being of the nation’s first multidisciplinary residency program. During her tenure, she directed several successful campaigns enabling MacDowell to grow its program to more than 300 fellowships each year, establish robust programs in the community and schools, and give additional financial assistance to nearly half of its fellows. Three new studios, a library building, and renovation of all 32 studios, common buildings, and infrastructure were funded totaling $9 million to date. The Colony’s endowment has also grown from $5 million to $31 million. Through ongoing efforts to remove barriers, MacDowell achieved its equity goal with 33% of artists in residence from diverse communities. New projects have included the purchase and move to new New York office and creative space in Chelsea in 2017, and a journalism initiative to double the number of fellowships to 20 per year by 2018. Cheryl has been an advocate for artists and the field of residency programs throughout her career and participated in the founding and development of the Alliance of Artists Communities, serving on its board and as chairman in 2001.


Karen Young | Executive Director, Fairmount Water Works

Karen Young is responsible for the building operations and maintenance, and stewardship of the historic Fairmount Water Works along the bank of the Schuylkill River. An educator, communicator, and entrepreneur, Karen has over twenty years of experience developing and implementing urban environmental programs with an emphasis on informal/experiential learning. As the small business owner of KYoung & Associates, The Environmental Educators, Karen worked with city agencies, non-profits and museums to develop programs, lessons and materials focused on urban water supply systems and resource management for students. Karen is a graduate of Temple University and as a life-long learner continues to study industrial psychology, photography, music and the culinary arts. Karen serves in an advisory capacity to the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia. Karen has also served on the Fairmount Park Conservancy's Women for the Water Works Committee, a group of champions of Fairmount Park organized to restore, enhance and promote the historic Fairmount Water Works complex, and continues to support the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative, a collaboration of organizations and individuals committed to increase global access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services, and the Fund for the Water Works.


Vito Zingarelli | Program Director, Hedgebrook

Vito Zingarelli has been program director at Hedgebrook since early 2007. Prior to joining Hedgebrook, Vito taught at NYU-Tisch School of the Arts, where he served as director of theatrical production for three separate but interdependent MFA departments; Graduate Acting, Design for Stage & Film and Dance. He worked for 30+ years in North America as a Producing Director and Production Manager where he put together seasons and mounted over 150 productions of Classical, Contemporary and Musical Theatre as well as championing new play development at the following theatres: the Guthrie Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Empty Space Theatre, Alaska Repertory Theatre as well as North America's largest resident theatre company, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada.


Carol Zou | Director of Programs, Asian Arts Initiative

Carol Zou is the Director of Programs at Asian Arts Initiative. She is interested in how cultural transformation becomes sociopolitical transformation. Her background includes a decade of work in public art, community art, arts advocacy, grassroots organizing and community development.

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