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Jamie Badoud | Executive Director, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences (Rabun Gap, GA)
Kathy Black
| Program Director, Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT)
Rob Blackson | Director, Department of Exhibitions and Public Programs, Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia, PA)
Jamie Blosser | Executive Director, Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM)
Moira Brennan | Executive Director, MAP Fund (New York, NY)
Denise Brown | Executive Director, Leeway Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
Emilya Cachapero | Director of Artistic and International Programs, Theatre Communications Group (New York, NY)
Christina Catanese | Director of Environmental Art, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (Philadelphia, PA)
Elizabeth Chodos | Director, Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon (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 (Philadelphia, PA)
Thomas Devaney | Poet (Philadelphia, PA)
Linda A. Earle | Professor of Practice in Art History, Tyler School of Art, Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
Emily Ensminger | Creative Director, Elsewhere (Greensboro, NC)
Paul Farber | Artistic Director, Monument Lab (Philadelphia, PA)
Melissa Franklin | Director of Pew Fellowships in the Arts, The Pew Center for Arts + Heritage (Philadelphia, PA)
Terra Fuller | Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Advancement Director (Woodside, CA)
Shir Ly Grisanti | Creative Director, c3:initiative (Portland, OR)
Esther Grisham Grimm | Executive Director, 3Arts (Chicago, IL)
Joseph Hall | Deputy Director, BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (Bronx, NY)
Gia Hamilton | Director, Joan Mitchell Center (New Orleans, LA)
Chantal Harris | Emmanuel College, Administrative Director (Boston, MA)
Lisa Hoffman | Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities (Providence, RI)
Janelle Iglesias | Artist (Hollis, NY)
Daniel Alexander Jones | Artist (New York, NY)
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)
Veronique Le Melle | Arts Management Consultant (San Antonio, TX)
Stacy Levy | Artist (Spring Mills, PA)
Deenah Loeb | Executive Director, City Parks Association and Art In the Open (Philadelphia, PA)
Cannupa Hanska Luger | Artist (Glorieta, NM)
Jennifer McGregor | Wave Hill, Senior Director of Arts, Education & Programs (Bronx, NY)
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)
Jayson Overby, Jr. | Curator (New York, NY)
Craig T. Peterson | Artistic Director, Abrons Arts Center (New York, NY)
Sharbreon Plummer | Independent Researcher, (Columbus, OH)
Pedro Ramirez | Artist (Brooklyn, NY)
Dani Reuben | Program Manager, Artist Residencies, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) (New York, NY)
Raquel Salas Rivera | Poet (Philadelphia, PA)
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)
Eleanor Savage | Program Director, Jerome Foundation (St. Paul, MN)
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)
Amy Smith | Co-Director, Headlong Dance Theater (Philadelphia, PA)
Kira Simon-Kennedy | Co-Founder & Director, China Residencies (Brooklyn, NY)
Liam Sweeney | Analyst, Ithaka S+R (New York, NY)
Mark Taylor | Composer and Artistic Director, Interrobang Arts, Inc. (Weehawken, NJ)
Kanchana Ugbabe | Writer at Risk in Residence, Fordham University and PEN America (New York, NY)
Steven Wang | Executive Director, High Concept Labs (Chicago, IL)
Crystal Wei | Executive Director, Mount Tremper Arts (Phoenicia, NY)
Nancy Wilhelms | Executive Director, Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass Village, CO)
Karen Young | Executive Director, Fairmount Water Works (Philadelphia, PA)
Carol Zou | Director of Programs, Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, PA)

 

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.

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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.

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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..

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 Gallery at Carnegie Mellon

Elizabeth Chodos is Co-Founder of Common Field and Director at the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Terra Fuller | Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Advancement Director

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.

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.

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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.

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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!.

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Gia Hamilton | Director, Joan Mitchell Center

Gia M. Hamilton is known for her visionary ability to identify and cultivate support systems. She has worked as a thought leader and change agent with organizations using resource economy assets to multi-million dollar budgets. Hamilton brings two decades of experience to the philanthropic and innovation sector as a scholar, curator, social entrepreneur and now senior executive. Gia 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 called Little Maroons in 2006; later, she opened the creative incubator space Gris Gris Lab in 2009. She currently leads the Joan Mitchell Center artist residency program in New Orleans.

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Chantal Harris | Emmanuel College, Administrative Director

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.

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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.

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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.

Daniel Alexander Jones | Artist

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Raquel Salas Rivera | Poet

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Savage 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. Savage 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.

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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 (2004-2007), Director of Community Programs (2002-2004), and Manager of Institutional Giving (1999-2002). David holds a BA in Urban Studies from Vassar College and an MBA in Management and Organizational Behavior from Baruch College.

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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.

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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.

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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 (2004-2007), Director of Community Programs (2002-2004), and Manager of Institutional Giving (1999-2002). David holds a BA in Urban Studies from Vassar College and an MBA in Management and Organizational Behavior from Baruch College.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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