Sara Archambault :: Program Manager, LEF Foundation

Barbara Schaffer Bacon :: Co-Director, Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts

James Baker :: Executive Director, Pilchuck Glass School

Howard Ben Tré :: Visual artist

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) :: Composer/musician

Barbara Bloemink :: Executive Director, Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Ann Brady :: Executive Director, Atlantic Center for the Arts

Peter Bramante :: Managing Director, FirstWorks

Margie Butler :: Artist and consultant

Jeannine Chartier :: Executive + Artistic Director, VSA arts Rhode Island

Perry Chen :: Co-Founder + CEO, Kickstarter

David N. Cicilline :: Mayor, City of Providence

Curt Columbus :: Artistic Director, Trinity Repertory Company

Umberto Crenca :: Artistic Director + Co-Founder, AS220

Caroline Crumpacker :: Executive Director, The Millay Colony

Andy Cutler :: Founder + Principal, Cutler & Co.

Sara Jane DeHoff :: Philanthropist

Clare Dowd :: Executive Director, ArtCorps, Inc.

Mario Garcia Durham :: Director / Artist Communities + Presenting, National Endowment for the Arts

Holly Ewald :: Multidisciplinary artist

Shea'la Finch :: Co-Founder, Tiny Showcase

Richard Fishman :: Director / Creative Arts Council, Brown University

Stephanie Gerson :: Instigator

Vanessa Gilbert :: Executive Artistic Director, Perishable Theatre

Megan Hall :: Reporter, WRNI

Kate Haw :: Executive Director / Development + Administration, Skowhegan School of Painting + Sculpture

Peter Hocking :: Director / Office of Public Engagement, RISD

Paul Hogan :: retired, FleetBoston Financial

Shalonda Ingram :: Founder, Nursha Project and Producer, Dance Theater Workshop

Holly Jensen :: Senior Community Relations Manager, Fidelity Investments

Meri Jenkins :: Program Manager, Massachusetts Cultural Council

Tim Jones :: President + CEO, Artscape

Daniel Kertzner :: Grant Program Officer, The Rhode Island Foundation

Leslie King-Hammond :: Founding Director / Center for Race + Culture and Graduate Dean Emeritus, Maryland Institute College of Art

SueEllen Kroll :: Grants Director, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

Janice LaMotta :: Program Coordinator, Billings Forge Community Works

Stéphan LaRoche :: Director / Music, Dance + Territorial Action, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

Wayne Lawson :: Director Emeritus, Ohio Arts Council

Alicia Lehrer :: Executive Director, Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council

Xander Marro :: Managing Director, AS220 and Co-Founder, Dirt Palace

Linda Marston-Reid :: Bellagio Center Coordinator, The Rockefeller Foundation

Mark Masuoka :: Executive Director, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Megan + Murray McMillan :: Video, photography and installation artists

Tom Morrissey :: Founder, Texarkana ArtWorks

Hunter O'Hanian :: Vice President for Advancement, Massachusetts College of Art + Design

Drake Patten :: Executive Director, The Steel Yard

Jane Preston :: Director of Programs, New England Foundation for the Arts

Alix Refshauge :: Director/Artists-in-Residence Program + Director of Development, HUB-BUB

Clay Rockefeller :: Artist + Activist

Bruce Rodgers :: Director, The Hermitage

Ama Rogan :: A Studio in the Woods

Randy Rosenbaum :: Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Kareem Roustom :: Composer

Barry Schiller :: East Bay Bike Coalition

Anna Schuleit :: Visual artist

Dave Sharp :: artist

Anna Shea :: Executive Director, Firehouse XIII

Ed Shea :: Co-Founder + Artistic Director, 2nd Story Theatre

Alyssa Holland Short :: Executive Director, The Hive Archive

Sydney Smith :: Artist Communities + Presenting Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts

Elizabeth Streb :: Choreographer/Dancer + Founder, S.L.A.M.

Allan Tear :: Board Member, Awesome Foundation; Co-Founder, Betaspring; and Managing Partner, Aptus Collaborative

Dejen Tesfagiorgis :: Founder + President, ArtsApp

Valerie Tutson :: Storyteller + Founder, Rhode Island Black Storytellers

Eric Vines :: Executive Director, Sitka Center for Art + Ecology

David Wells :: Executive Director, Edenfred

Herb Weiss :: Economic + Cultural Affairs Officer, City of Pawtucket

Lilli Weisz :: Research Specialist, Alliance of Artists Communities

David White :: Executive Director + Producer, ARTVENTURES New Hampshire

Steve Whitten :: Principal + Lead Consultant, Art of Funding

Pamela Winfrey :: Senior Artist, Exploratorium

Lori Wood :: Director, Fes Medina

Sara Archambault

Sara Archambault :: Program Manager, LEF Foundation (Boston, Massachusetts)

Sara Archambault began work as LEF's Program Manager in January 2009. She has previously worked as Managing Producer on Katrina Browne's film, Traces of the Trade, and also served as Executive Director of the Rhode Island Council for Humanities. When not championing the work of today's filmmakers, Sara is singing with the Assembly of Light Women's Choir and volunteering for Girls Rock! Rhode Island. www.leffoundation.org [ top of page ]

Barbara Schaffer Bacon

Barbara Schaffer Bacon :: Co-Director, Animating Democracy at Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC)

As Co-Director of Animating Democracy at Americans for the Arts, over the last decade Barbara Schaffer Bacon has supported a wide range of arts organizations doing compelling civic engagement work, implemented national research, and developed field resources and publications. Animating Democracy is frequently called upon to serve as program adviser, researcher, and as a funding and research partner. Barbara is a co-author, editor, and contributor to publications including Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture: Findings from Animating Democracy; Case Studies from Animating Democracy; Animating Democracy: The Artistic Imagination as a Force for Civic Dialogue, Fundamentals of Local Arts Management and The Cultural Planning Work Kit. She also works as an independent consultant and previously served as executive director of the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts. Her consulting work includes program design and evaluation for state and local arts agencies and private foundations nationally. Barbara has spoken and provided training on the topic of Arts & Civic Engagement in Australia, England, and Canada. An arts management educator, she has served as a primary instructor for the Fundamentals and Advanced Arts Management seminars presented by the Arts Extension Service. Barbara recently concluded 14 years of service on her local school committee. She is a board member of the Fund for Women Artists and serves as president of the Arts Extension Institute, Inc. at the University of Massachusetts. www.artsusa.org/animatingdemocracy [ top of page ]

Jim Baker

James Baker :: Executive Director, Pilchuck Glass School (Stanwood, Washington)

James Baker joined Pilchuck Glass School in June 2010. Most recently, Jim served as President of Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine (2006-2010) and as Executive Director of Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado (1995-2006). In both roles, Jim worked with board and staff to implement comprehensive strategic plans, develop strong community programs, broaden educational opportunities for faculty and students and lead significant capital and endowment campaigns. Baker served on the Alliance of Artists Communities board 1999-2005, and was the Chair of the Board 2004-2005. An accomplished photographer, Jim received his undergraduate degree in Meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1973 and an MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1975. www.pilchuck.com [ top of page ]

Howard Ben Tre

Howard Ben Tré :: Visual artist (Providence, Rhode Island)

Howard Ben Tré is internationally recognized for his unique sculptures and large-scale works of art for public and private spaces. A pioneer in the use of cast glass as a sculptural medium, his work is included in more than 85 museum and public collections worldwide. Howard’s work has been featured in 39 solo exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, including a ten-year retrospective organized by the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, that traveled nationally. Howard has lectured extensively about his individual sculptures and his public projects and philosophy in the US and abroad.

Howard’s breakthrough technical innovations have extended his mastery of cast glass and allowed him to create monumental sculptures that can survive the rigors of outdoor installation. Among his public commissions are the award-winning installation of fountains and seating created for Post Office Square Park in Boston; the plaza and sculpture for BankBoston’s headquarters in downtown Providence, which received the 1998 Urban Design Award from the Providence Preservation Society; the fountain created for the lobby of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital; and a sited sculpture for the plaza at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence. Recently completed commissions include the newly created plaza and seating for the new federal courthouse in Las Vegas; the pedestrianization and street scheme redesign of Warrington Town Center in England; the creation of sited artwork for Siebel Systems, and interactive artwork for the Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade in Tacoma; and plazas, with sculpture/fountains and landscaping, for Target Corporation Headquarters in Minneapolis, Bank of America’s Hearst Towers in Charlotte, and Brown University, Providence.

Howard was born in Brooklyn in 1949. He received a BSA from Portland State University in 1978 and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1980. He is a three-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a three-time recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship. In 1996, his achievements in the visual arts were recognized by the First Annual Pell Awards for Excellence in the Arts. www.howardbentre.com [ top of page ]


Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) :: Composer/musician (Boston, Massachusetts)

Having carved a reputation for himself as an innovative composer, performer, violinist, and band leader, Haitian-American artist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) melds his classical music roots with his own cultural references and vibrant musical imagination. From collaborations with Lady Gaga on American Idol, to being named "Top 40 Under 40" business people in Crain’s New York Business, to a spotlight as a "New Face of Classical Music" in Esquire, DBR is omnivorous. He has written music for film and television, regularly composes for orchestras and chamber music ensembles around the globe, and tours with his genre-jumping ensemble DBR & THE MISSION.  He has just released his second solo album Woodbox Beats & Balladry (Thirsty Ear Recordings). www.dbrmusic.com. [ top of page ]

Barbara Bloemink

Barbara Bloemink :: Executive Director, Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass Village, Colorado)

Barbara joined Anderson Ranch in May 2010 as Executive Director. She has worked as an international museum consultant, museum director, curator of international contemporary art and design, author, and art historian. Previously the Curatorial Director of the Smithsonian’s National Design Museum, Barbara also served as the Director and chief curator of five art museums including the Guggenheim Hermitage & Las Vegas Museums, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, and the Hudson River Museum. She received her BA in art history from Stanford University, MA from the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU) and an additional MA and PhD from Yale University. www.andersonranch.org [ top of page ]

Ann Brady

Ann Brady :: Executive Director, Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach, Florida)

Ann ascended to her current position in 2003 after eleven years in various roles, including development manager, communications coordinator, and grant writer. Ann received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 1981 from Temple University in Philadelphia. In the years prior to working at Atlantic Center, she worked in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and Orlando as a professional grant writer, editor, and program developer for cultural organizations, as well as women’s advocacy and social service agencies. She also worked in the for-profit sector in communications, public relations, and marketing. She has served on numerous state grant panels and special task forces, and is on the executive board of the local arts agency, the Volusia County Cultural Alliance. www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org [ top of page ]

Peter Bramante

Peter Bramante :: Managing Director, FirstWorks (Providence, Rhode Island)

Peter Bramante has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector as an executive, manager, artist and educator. Prior to joining FirstWorks, Peter served as the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island. Under his leadership the organization expanded local programs and services, created innovative audience development tools and broadened the scope of nationally funded resources aimed at building Rhode Island’s cultural capitol. His interest and ideas around connecting arts to business practices and civic life have been presented at panels for Americans for the Arts, The National Arts Marketing Conference, and The Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations. An advocate for experiential, arts-based learning, Peter has held adjunct and associate professorships at Brown University/Trinity Repertory Consortium, Roger Williams University, Rhode Island College, and Connecticut College where he received an MFA in Dance Science and Performance studies and earned a full fellowship. www.first-works.org [ top of page ]

Margie Butler :: Artist and consultant (Providence, Rhode Island)

Margie Butler got her start in the New York world of brand strategy after which she pursued even more creative callings by completing an MFA from the Art Institute of Boston and serving as Director of New Bedford’s downtown cultural economic development project from 2003 to 2007. Part of Margie’s initial transition from business consulting to the arts included two residencies — one at Vermont Studio Center and the other in New Bedford, MA at a joint program run by UMass Dartmouth’s School of Visual and Performing Arts and Artworks! Having resided in Providence for six years Margie has been involved with the city’s navigation of what it means to be a creative city. In 2008 she launched BUY ART Providence for the City’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism. Margie has a studio locally and maintains a consulting practice working across the arts and corporate marketing fields. whatido.weebly.com and buyartprovidence.com [ top of page ]

Jeannine Chartier :: Executive + Artistic Director, VSA arts Rhode Island (Pawtucket, Rhode Island)

After surviving childhood polio, Jeannine Chartier was raised in the working class neighborhood of Pawtucket's St. Joseph Parish. As a visual artist she works using both digital technology and mixed media fabrication, referencing images of personal and political identity. While working in Rhode Island and New York City as a designer in the cultural arts and fashion industries, Jeannine was recruited by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts in 1986 to help create VSA arts Rhode Island, a nonprofit arts and education organization providing programs where people with disabilities actively participate in the arts, and in 1996 was asked to serve as Executive + Artistic Director. Through its collaborations with partners across the arts, cultural, disability, and educational communities, VSA arts RI advances integration while promoting the educational and cultural benefits of the arts for all people. In addition to developing programs for VSA arts RI, Jeannine conducts professional development workshops for arts education, universal design, and inclusion in locations as varied as New England, Brazil, Cuba, and the Pacific Rim. She currently is on the Steering Committee for the New England Consortium of Arts-Education Professionals, the RI Arts Learning Network, and the Access Committee at RISD Museum of Art. www.vsartsri.org [ top of page ]

Perry Chen

Perry Chen :: Co-Founder + CEO, Kickstarter (New York, New York)

Perry Chen is co-founder and CEO of Kickstarter, a new way to fund and follow creativity. Perry graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans. www.kickstarter.com [ top of page ]

David Cicilline

David N. Cicilline :: Mayor, City of Providence (Providence, Rhode Island)

David Cicilline was born on the South Side of Providence and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in political science from Brown University, where as an undergraduate he established a branch of the College Democrats with his classmate, the late John F. Kennedy, Jr. He earned his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and served as a public defender in the District of Columbia before returning to Rhode Island to open a practice in civil rights law and criminal defense. Cicilline began his career in public service in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, where he represented the East Side of Providence and a neighboring section of Pawtucket for four terms. He quickly earned a reputation as a fierce champion of political reform and gun safety, and his dedication to ethics in government won him Common Cause’s #1 ranking.

In 2002, when the City of Providence was buckling under a $59 million deficit, a neglected infrastructure, and the legacy of decades of corruption, Cicilline was elected mayor on his pledge to restore public confidence in City Hall and to revitalize the city’s neighborhoods. Since then, he has led a comprehensive transformation of city government, ushering in $3 billion in new investments and restored vibrancy to downtown and the 25 neighborhoods of the city. www.providenceri.com [ top of page ]

Curt Columbus

Curt Columbus :: Artistic Director, Trinity Repertory Company (Providence, Rhode Island)

Curt Columbus joined Trinity Rep as artistic director in January 2006. He has directed his own translation of Cherry Orchard for Trinity, as well as productions of The Receptionist, A Christmas Carol, Memory House, Blithe Spirit, Cabaret, and the upcoming production of The Odd Couple. Trinity Rep was home to the world premieres of two of his plays, Paris by Night and The Dreams of Antigone. Curt was associate artistic director of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater Company from 2000-2005. His adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment (with Marilyn Campbell) is published by Dramatists’ Play Service. Curt’s translations of Chekhov’s plays have been published by Ivan R. Dee, including Chekhov: The Four Major Plays. The Dreams of Antigone will be published by Broadway Play Publishing in June of 2010. Curt lives in Pawtucket with his partner, Nathan Watson. www.trinityrep.com [ top of page ]

Bert Crenca

Umberto Crenca :: Artistic Director + Founder, AS220 (Providence, Rhode Island)

Bert Crenca is a visual artist and the founder and artistic director of AS220, a nonprofit center established in 1985 to provide a local forum and home for the arts, and dedicated to supporting and presenting unjuried and uncensored visual art, music, and poetry. The organization maintains 19 artist live/work and studio spaces, five galleries, and two performance spaces, and has established a powerful presence in the Downtown Arts and Entertainment District. Bert is committed to the revitalization of downtown Providence, and plays an important role in community efforts across the region. He serves on the Mayor’s Art, Culture + Tourism Advisory Board, and is a past member of the Providence School Board. In the past two decades, Bert has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, The Urban Institute, The Ford Foundation, LEF Foundation, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Connecticut Council on the Arts, the New England Artists’ Trust, and the Creative Cities Summit. www.as220.org [ top of page ]

Caroline Crumpacker

Caroline Crumpacker :: Executive Director, The Millay Colony (Austerlitz, New York)

Caroline Crumpacker has been the Executive Director of The Millay Colony since 2006. In that role she oversees all aspects of the Colony’s governance. Prior to coming to The Millay Colony, Caroline served as Managing Director of the Poetry Society of America, Director of Government Relations for the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, and as Deputy Director of Government and Foundation Underwriting for Channel Thirteen/WNET. She has worked in a consulting capacity for groups including Poets House, Art Omi International Arts Center, and the Signature Theater Company. She directed the Summer Online Classroom Writers Institute for the Academy of American Poets and she co-directed a program assessing services to the field for the theater department of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). She has served as a reader or panelist for New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, Yaddo, NYSCA, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Caroline holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from Brown University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University's School of the Arts. She is author of Recherche Theories, a poetry chapbook from Etherdome Press, and her poetry, essays and translations have appeared in Not For Mothers Only: An Anthology of Poems by Mothers (Fence Books, 2007); Talisman Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry (Talisman, 2006); American Poets in the 21st Century: Who we are Now (Wesleyan University Press, 2006); and Love Poems by Younger American Poets (Verse Press, 2004). She is a founding editor of Fence Magazine and Doublechange.com, the French/American. She is also a member of Belladonna* Collective, a reading series and publisher dedicated to feminist and avant-garde writing. Her academic work has included chairing a panel on female publishers at a conference held at Barnard College on "Lyric to Language: Contemporary Innovative Women Poets" and chairing the poetry panels in the “Writing Lives” conference at the New School. She lives in Rhinebeck, NY with her daughter Coco and her beau Roberto Rossi. www.millaycolony.org [ top of page ]

Sara Jane DeHoff

Andy Cutler :: Founder + Principal, Cutler & Company (Providence, Rhode Island)

Andy Cutler has 20 years of experience in the area of strategic communications. In 2003, he founded Cutler & Company based in Providence, RI, providing communications counsel to such institutions as Afferent Corporation, Bioprocess Technologies, Business Innovation Factory, City of Providence, Global Alliance to Immunize against AIDS (GAIA), Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, Rhode Island School of Design, Slater Technology Fund, and Tizra. Andy specializes in counseling public and private institutions and entrepreneurial ventures on issues related to corporate image enhancement, media relations, crisis communications, and community relations programming aimed at improving key stakeholder relationships. Previously, Andy had served in a number of senior positions with Edelman, a global public relations firm, Feinstein Kean Healthcare (a division of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide), Boston's Faulkner and Harvard Community Health Plan. He is a member of the Business Innovation Factory’s Next Generation Network, AS220, West Broadway Neighborhood Association, Industrial Designers Society of America, and E3 (Entrepreneurs Enabling Entrepreneurs). Andy also serves as Communications Chair, Industrial Designers Society of America-RI Chapter, Board of Trustees for the Providence Preservation Society, and chairs Rhode Island's Communications Leadership Council. In 2005, Andy was a recipient of the Providence Business News’ “40 Under Forty” award, and named by Providence Monthly in 2008 as "15 People to Watch in 2009." He received his BA from George Washington University. www.cutlerandcompany.com [ top of page ]

Sara Jane DeHoff

Sara Jane DeHoff :: Philanthropist (Perrysburg, Ohio)

Sara Jane DeHoff is a community volunteer who works with organizations that support the arts, education and land conservation. She sits on the boards of the Toledo Museum of Art, the Toledo Community Foundation, the Adirondack Nature Conservancy & Land Trust, and the executive board of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. She started the Black Swamp Conservancy and the Young Artists At Work program in Toledo and is the chairperson and founder of the Toledo United Way Women’s Initiative and the Toledo School for the Arts. Sara Jane has also served as President of the Board for the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo and has been a board member of Ohio Citizens for the Arts, American Institute of Food & Wine, Maumee Valley Country Day School Boys & Girls Club, Planned Parenthood of Northwest Ohio, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, and the Lake Placid Institute for the Arts and Humanities. In Lake Placid, in conjunction with the Lake Placid Institute, she heads a residency program for ten writers from New Dramatists. In 2001, she received the Philanthropy Award for Northwest Ohio and in 2004, the YWCA honored her with the Milestone award for community volunteers. She serves on the board of the Alliance of Artists Communities. [ top of page ]

Clare Dowd

Clare Dowd :: Executive Director, ArtCorps, Inc.

Clare Dowd is the Executive Director of ArtCorps, Inc., an international nonprofit organization promoting the use of art and culture as tools for development. Since 2006, Clare has worked to forge strong partnerships with grassroots NGOs in Central America while building the organizational structure that will enable the ArtCorps to share its field-tested Art for Social Action model with communities worldwide.

Clare brings over 15 yeas of experience in international marketing and development to ArtCorps, coupled with a passion and commitment to arts for social change. Clare’s interest in international development began with her work as a teacher in Colombia in the mid 80’s followed by her years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya in the late 80’s. After obtaining her MBA in international business, she worked in international trade, developing and managing contracts throughout the world and as an international marketing consultant, advising a wide array of private sector companies. Clare returned to the non-profit sector through a series of consulting opportunities including PACT’s Women’s Empowerment Program and served as the Director of Development for Cultural Survival, a Cambridge-based indigenous rights organization. Clare has travelled throughout the world and is believes in the power of arts and culture to bring about lasting change. www.artcorp.org [ top of page ]

Mario Garcia Durham

Mario Garcia Durham :: Director of Artists Communities + Presenting, National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, D.C.)

Before joining the National Endowment for the Arts, Mario Garcia Durham was the founder and Executive Director of Yerba Buena Arts & Events at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Prior to founding the festival, Mario was the Performing Arts Curator and a founding staff member of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Mario has served on numerous boards, including the Executive Committee of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and on the board of the American Arts Alliance. Since starting at the NEA in 2004, Mario has been responsible for a renewed NEA focus on the role of Presenters, Artist Communities, Service Organizations, and Outdoor Festivals, and he is responsible for the creation of the American Masterpieces - Presenting program. In 2009, Mario's role at the NEA expanded to include direction of the new Artist Communities discipline, a category he helped create in 2008. www.arts.gov [ top of page ]

Holly Ewald :: Multidisciplinary artist (Providence, Rhode Island)

Over 30 years as an artist, Holly Ewald has developed an approach to making art that increasingly merges her studio practice with facilitating community engagement. Since receiving her MFA in Painting from Brooklyn College and moving to Rhode Island she has initiated several locally based projects in collaboration with other artists, scholars, technicians, and the public. They have included installations, street processions, and visual dialogue correspondence. Her collaborative work has been published in River Styx 56, the visual word, Resurgence Magazine (Spring '04), A Moving Journal, The Penland Book of Handmade Books, Community Performance, An Introduction, and her own book with folklorist Michael Bell, Languages of the Land, A Dialogue with the Downs. Awards include numerous arts and humanities grants as well as an education award from the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission and a Clearwater Award from The Waterfront Center in Washington, D.C. www.hollyewald.com [ top of page ]

Shea'la Finch

Shea'la Finch :: Co-Founder, Tiny Showcase (Providence, Rhode Island)

Shea'la Nicole Finch was born on an island, grew up on an island, and, regardless of actual location, is always somewhat on an island. She is also the co-founder of Tiny Showcase, an online gallery that publishes limited edition print projects on a weekly basis. Tiny Showcase was created with the mission of making art accessible and affordable, as well as offering burgeoning contemporary artists a forum for exposure, a way to pay the rent, and an introduction into a community of like-minded individuals. A portion of the proceeds of each edition are donated to the charity of the artist's choice. Shea'la has earned degrees in Photography and Library and Information Studies. Recently she transitioned from a position at the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) to the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH), and has her sights set on the Rhode Island Council for Everything. In her spare time, she's into making jokes, thinking about why people make jokes, inclement weather, intellectual freedom, and tangible things that don't exist on the internet. www.tinyshowcase.com [ top of page ]

Richard Fishman :: Director / Creative Arts Council, Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island)

Richard Fishman is a visual artist, Professor of Art at Brown University, and Chair of the Visual Arts Department. As Director of Brown's Creative Arts Council, Richard brings together representatives from each of the arts units at Brown, plus the David Winton Bell Gallery and Rites and Reason Theatre, to collaborate on programming, grant-making, and curriculum. Richard received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from Tulane. He has been awarded both Howard Foundation and Guggenheim Fellowships. Richard is primarily interested in sculpture. In the past few years he has focused on a combination between old-world techniques using stone and glass as well as new technologies involving computer aided imaging and 3-dimensional rapid prototyping. www.brown.edu/Departments/Creative_Arts_Council [ top of page ]

Stephanie Gerson

Stephanie Gerson :: Instigator (Providence, Rhode Island)

Stephanie Gerson is a left-handed Mexican-Jewish Libra, born in the year of the monkey and raised in the gorgeous San Francisco bay area. She has somewhat of an obsession with blindness: showering in the dark, playing drum kit blindfolded, and eating Dans Le Noir. She works as a social media strategist for a rotating exhibit of clients, though folks around town know her as "the Pecha Kucha lady." On a more extracurricular basis, she's an experience designer and systems strategist, and hopes to combine both into an un-verbose job title that does something verbose yet beautiful: design social experiences for purposes of cultivating systems thinking. If you're still curious, feel free to check out her not-really-a-website: stephaniegerson.weebly.com [ top of page ]

Vanessa Gilbert :: Executive Artistic Director, Perishable Theatre (Providence, Rhode Island)

Bio N/A www.perishabletheatre.org [ top of page ]

Megan Hall

Megan Hall :: Reporter, WRNI - Rhode Island's National Public Radio (Providence, RI)

Megan Hall's radio career began as a student at Brown University where she produced "Bike Talk," "Urban Mosaic," and "Mix Tape for the City" for Brown Student Radio on 88.1FM. After graduating with a degree in Urban Studies, Megan received a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the University of British Columbia where she produced a radio documentary about the city's attempts to save low-income housing. Her work has appeared on nytimes.com, NPR, Transom.org, KXOT, East Village Radio, and KOPB. Before becoming WRNI's healthcare reporter in 2008, Megan worked at the station in many different capacities, first as an intern and later as an assistant producer and freelance reporter. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Megan now lives in Providence's Federal Hill neighborhood with two new kittens named "Flo" and "Jonic." www.wrni.org [ top of page ]

Kate Haw :: Executive Director / Development + Administration, Skowhegan School of Painting + Sculpture (Skowhegan, Maine and New York, New York)

Kate Haw joined Skowhegan as Executive Director / Development + Administration in November 2006. She works in Skowhegan’s New York office handling all financial and administrative aspects of the program, directing fundraising, and producing all of Skowhegan’s publications. She came to the School with a wealth of experience in the art world, first in the curatorial and exhibitions fields and later in development. Immediately prior to coming to Skowhegan, Kate was Director of Development and Acting Director of External Affairs at the American Federation of Arts (2004-2006). Earlier in her career she worked in the Department of French and Northern Baroque Paintings at the National Gallery of Art from 1994-1997, was director of Peter Tillou Works of Art from 1997-2000, and was a curator at the American Federation of Arts from 2000-2004, where she organized exhibitions ranging in subject matter from Chola bronzes to the work of Edgar Degas. Kate has a BA in art history and religion from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and an MA in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. www.skowheganart.org [ top of page ]

Peter Hocking

Peter Hocking :: Director / Office of Public Engagement, Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, Rhode Island)

Peter Hocking is the founding director of Rhode Island School of Design's Office of Public Engagement. From 1988 to 2005, he was a staff member of the Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University. As the Swearer Center's director and as an Associate Dean of the College, he worked to develop innovative university-community partnerships, undergraduate research opportunities, social entrepreneur projects, and to integrate community-based learning with the academic curriculum. Locally, he's worked with dozens of nonprofit organizations as a partner, board member and strategic planning leader. In addition to his community practice, he is a working artist. As a teacher, he offers several courses at RISD and is a part-time faculty member at Goddard College. He holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. www.risdpublicengagement.net [ top of page ]

Paul Hogan :: retired, FleetBoston Financial (Milton, Massachusetts)

After receiving his Masters in Business Administration from Dartmouth College in 1974, Paul Hogan began a distinguished career with FleetBoston Financial, formerly First National Bank of Boston. He served in a number of capacities during his 30-year tenure, most recently as Chief Risk Officer, until his retirement in 2003. Paul is past Director of Draper Laboratories in Cambridge, and past Director of Carney Hospital in Boston. He serves as the Finance Committee Chair of the Paulist Center and as Board Treasurer for the Alliance of Artists Communities. Paul received a Bachelors degree in Chemistry from Boston College, and a Masters in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [ top of page ]

Shalonda Ingram (photo by Mia Monee)

Shalonda Ingram :: Founder, Nursha Project and Producer, Dance Theater Workshop (New York, New York)

Shalonda Ingram, founder of Nursha Project™, is a strategist, producer, and social entrepreneur committed to transforming the planet via pro-activism and to sociopolitical change through community empowerment and civic, youth, and arts engagement. Shalonda is also the founder of Born Brown: All Rights Reserved®, a social enterprise agency that promotes understanding and collaboration among people of color; and United States of Consciousness™, a consortium of responsible business-to-business consumers united by their interest to leverage purchasing power. In 2005, Shalonda partook in the manifestation of the Bay Area Black United Fund document, “Microloan and Worker Cooperative: A Strategy for Youth Enterprise Development,” which explored microfinance lending for youth entrepreneurs. In addition to serving as the Producer at Dance Theater Workshop, Shalonda sits on various arts funding councils including the City of Oakland’s Funding Advisory Board and the Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Regrant Program. In 2009, she was nominated for The Corporation for National & Community Service Eli Segal Award and the New York Innovative Theater Award for the Nursha Project production, Where My Girls At?. Shalonda is continually exploring ways through which she can fulfill her commitment to creative exchange and sustainability in light of infinite possibility. www.nurshaproject.com and www.dancetheaterworkshop.org [ top of page ]

Meri Jenkins :: Program Manager, Massachusetts Cultural Council (Boston, Massachusetts)

Meri Jenkins is the program manager of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state arts agency, and oversees the John and Abigail Adams Arts Program. The program fosters the use of cultural assets in economic development efforts throughout the Commonwealth. She was formerly the principal manager of Business in the Arts South in the U.K. BiAS develops relationships between the commercial and cultural sectors through programs designed to affect mutual benefit and to strengthen understanding between the two sectors. With over 25 years of experience in the cultural sector, she has a thorough acquaintance with the challenges of the nonprofit cultural sector, both in the United States and in the United Kingdom. A through line in all her work has been to reach under-served populations. She believes that government support – be it federal, state or local – for cultural organizations is an investment that enables access for all, improves quality of life, allows for economic growth, and has far reaching consequences for the well-being of a community. www.massculturalcouncil.org [ top of page ]

Holly Jensen

Holly Jensen :: Senior Community Relations Manager, Fidelity Investments (Providence, Rhode Island)

During her nine years with Fidelity Investments, Holly Jensen has been responsible for managing Fidelity’s community efforts in Rhode Island including corporate sponsorships, employee volunteer activities, college relations, and media relations. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island and is a member of the fundraiser committee for WaterFire Providence. Previously, she served as the President of the Board of Directors for WaterFire Providence and as a member of the Providence Mayor’s Arts Investment Task Force, among others. Holly grew up in Massachusetts and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Arts degree in professional writing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. When she’s not working at Fidelity or volunteering within the community, Holly is also an award-winning and published playwright and will graduate in November with an MFA in playwriting from Spalding University. [ top of page ]

Tim Jones :: President + CEO, Artscape (Toronto, Ontario)

Tim Jones is a champion for the role that the arts play in transforming cities and communities. Under his direction as President and CEO since 1998, Artscape has grown from a Toronto-based affordable studio provider to an internationally recognized leader in city-building through the arts. In Toronto, Tim has played a catalytic role in the redevelopment of the Distillery District and galvanized the vision, interest, and investment to create Artscape Gibraltar Point and the award-winning Artscape Wychwood Barns. In Canada and abroad, Tim acts as a consultant and advisor on projects, policy and initiatives and speaks at more than 20 conferences and events each year. He and his colleagues at Artscape are passionately committed to exchanging knowledge with others on how arts, culture and creativity can help make our world more livable, sustainable, and prosperous. www.torontoartscape.on.ca [ top of page ]

Daniel Kertzner

Daniel Kertzner :: Grant Programs Officer, The Rhode Island Foundation (Providence, Rhode Island)

Daniel Kertzner serves as the strategy leader for The Rhode Island Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking in the arts. In that capacity, he serves as the primary grant reviewer for arts related requests, manages the Expansion Arts Program serving emerging to small ethnically-aligned arts organizations, and administers the MacColl Johnson Arts Fellowship. Together with the Director of the Foundation’s Initiative for Non-Profit Excellence, he has spearheaded a capacity building initiative for performing arts organizations that will launch this spring. Since arriving at the Foundation over three years ago, Daniel has brought greater clarity and cohesiveness to the Foundation’s investments in the arts with a focus on strengthening the supply of and demand for the arts in Rhode Island. He is regarded as a leader in the sector having served on Mayor Cicilline’s Arts Investment Task Force, the Steering Committee for Creative Providence – A Cultural Plan for the Creative Sector, and the Advisory Committee for the Providence-Warwick Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Prior to coming to the Foundation, Daniel directed the Local Cultural Council Program at the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), the most extensive grassroots arts program in the country. While at MCC, Daniel was actively involved in policy discussions about how cultural participation can address community needs and played a lead role in advocacy efforts that resulted in increased state funding for the arts. He has a degree in organizational behavior and management from Brown University. The results of his research on organizational culture and arts-based civic dialogue were later published in Mastering Civic Engagement: A Challenge to Museums, a publication of the American Association of Museums' Museum and Community Initiative. As coordinator of the Rhode Island Campaign to Eliminate Childhood Poverty, Daniel worked closely with the broad-based coalition that crafted the Family Independence Plan, Rhode Island’s response to welfare reform in the late 1990s. www.rifoundation.org [ top of page ]

Leslie King-Hammond

Leslie King-Hammond :: Founding Director / Center for Race + Culture and Graduate Dean Emeritus, Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, Maryland)

Leslie King-Hammond was born in the South Bronx and educated in the New York City public education system. She won a full stipend-tuition scholarship awarded under the SEEK Grant (Search for Education, Evaluation, and Knowledge) at the City University of New York, Queens College, earning a BFA in 1969. She attended The Johns Hopkins University under a Horizon Fellowship for doctoral studies in art history, where she earned her PhD. In 1973, she began to teach the art history courses at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Leslie was appointed Dean of Graduate Studies in 1976, overseeing 200 students annually in eleven degree programs. Between 1985 and 1998, King-Hammond became the project director for Ford/Phillip Morris Fellowships for Artists of Color at MICA, and in 2008 she became Graduate Dean Emeritus and was appointed the Founding Director of the new Center for Race + Culture at MICA. Leslie has received Mellon Grants for Faculty Research, the Trustee Award for Excellence in Teaching, and an NEA artist grant. In 2007 she was appointed Chairperson of the Board of the Lewis Museum. She also sits on the Board of the Creative Alliance for the Artists, in Baltimore. www.mica.edu [ top of page ]

Leslie King-Hammond

SueEllen Kroll :: Grants Director, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (Providence, Rhode Island)

SueEllen has been with the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities since 2004 serving as Action Speaks coordinator, program officer, and now grants director. As grants director, SueEllen administers the Council's grants program, including counseling prospective applicants through the grants process by providing support, a sounding board, and advice along the way. Since moving to Providence in 2001, SueEllen has helped out on various community projects, including RI Human Rights Film Festival, Recycle-A-Bike, and Social Justice Nights. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, bike rides, collecting African literature, and working on her historic home. SueEllen holds a BA in English Literature from Wheaton College. www.rihumanities.org [ top of page ]

Janice LaMotta :: Program Coordinator, Billings Forge Community Works (Hartford, Connecticut)

Janice LaMotta has served as Program Coordinator at Billings Forge Community Works since 2009. Janice oversees The Workshops @ Billings Forge (an artist residency program) and The Studio @ Billings Forge (a multi-purpose space for performances, classes, meetings, and events). An accomplished artist, curator, and gallerist, Janice has also served as a juror for the Greater Hartford Arts Council, The Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation, and the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. Her work has shown extensively throughout New England, and Janice is the recipient of several awards, including “Best of Hartford 2002: Hartford Advocate”, “Ten Amazing People” named in SPIRIT magazine, a Blanche E. Colman Award, a “Connecticut Artists Under 35” award, and the 57th Annual Connecticut Women Artists’ Binney & Smith Award. Janice was awarded a visiting artists fellowship by Weir Farm Arts Center in 1999-2000. www.billingsforgeworks.org [ top of page ]

Stephan LaRoche

Stéphan LaRoche :: Director / Music, Dance + Territorial Action, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (Montreal, Québec)

An experienced cultural administrator, Stéphan La Roche was appointed director of music and dance to the Council of Arts and Letters in Québec in May 2008. In April 2009, territorial action was added to his management functions which includes the coordination of international and regional activities. Previously, Stéphan was associated with the reopening of the Palais Montcalm in Québec, first as project manager responsible for planning, development and implementation of the concept of house music, then in August 2006 as Director General of the new Palais Montcalm. A lawyer by training, Stéphan was deputy chief of staff at the Ministry of Culture and Communication of Québec (1995-1997) where he coordinated the work and the writing of the arts policies, Council Secretary and Director of Planning and Coordination Council of Arts and Letters of Québec (1997-1998), Director General of the Capital-National Development Corporation of Québec's cultural undertakings (SODEC ) (1998 - 2000), and Director of Cultural Services of the General Delegation of Québec in Paris (2001-2004). www.calq.gouv.qc.ca [ top of page ]

Wayne Lawson

Wayne Lawson :: Director Emeritus, Ohio Arts Council (Columbus, Ohio)

Wayne Lawson served as the fourth executive director of the Ohio Arts Council, 1978 – 2006. Under his direction the OAC became one of the foremost state arts agencies in the nation in terms of funding, long-range planning and evaluation, support for individual artists and innovative services to constituents in all arts disciplines. Wayne, who was born in Cleveland, studied Romance languages at The Ohio State University, earned a Masters degree in European literature, and a doctorate in theatre and comparative literature. He is an adjunct professor of art education at Ohio State. He has served on many panels for the NEA, and was chairman of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and Arts Midwest. Wayne has received numerous awards, from The Association of American Cultures, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, the Ohioana Career Award, the Alumni Award of Distinction from the College of Humanities at Ohio State, and from the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Wayne is a trustee of the James Thurber House and the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio. He serves as Vice Chair of the Board of the Alliance of Artists Communities. www.oac.state.oh.us [ top of page ]

Alicia Lehrer

Alicia Lehrer :: Executive Director, Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (Providence, Rhode Island)

Alicia Lehrer joined the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council as Executive Director in March 2008. Alicia is a Providence resident and has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Science with a specialization in Water Quality. Prior to joining the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, Alicia served for ten years as the District Manager of the Southern Rhode Island Conservation District in Wakefield, Rhode Island; worked for four years as the Volunteer Environmental Monitoring Network Coordinator for the Merrimack River Watershed Council in Lawrence, Massachusetts; and was a staff member at University of Rhode Island Watershed Watch. As Executive Director, Alicia is not only the the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council’s chief administrator, but also actively involved in projects and programs sponsored by the Council. www.woonasquatucket.org [ top of page ]

Xander Marro

Xander Marro :: Managing Director, AS220 and Co-Founder, Dirt Palace (Providence, Rhode Island)

Xander Marro is a fake scientist/olde-style tinker residing at the dirt palace – a feminist cupcake-encrusted netherworld located along the dioxin-filled banks of the Woonasquatucket River, in Providence's Olneyville neighborhood. From this post she makes movies, quilts, puppet shows, prints, and phone calls. Her adventures underground have included curating the "Movies with Live Soundtracks" film series and performing in various theatrick/musical formats as one of the variety of her alter egos (Madame Von Temper Tantrum, Lady Long Arms, Lil Blood-n-Guts, Madame Von Malt Liquor, etc.). In her spare time, she is the managing director of AS220 where she crafts endless spreadsheets and reports documenting the possibility of an organized egalitarian approach to art-making as a transmutative tool in generating beauty, achieving equality, next-level human consciousness, and putting a final end to humanity's terrible habit of endless war-making. www.as220.org and www.dirtpalace.org [ top of page ]

Linda Marston-Reid

Linda Marston-Reid :: Bellagio Center Coordinator, The Rockefeller Foundation (Bellagio, Italy)

Linda Marston-Reid is a native of the southern California desert, has lived in places as exotic as Eugene, Oregon and now resides in Brooklyn, New York. She has worked as a visual artist throughout her life, exhibiting her work across the United States and is a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow. Since 2002 she has worked at the Rockefeller Foundation in the Bellagio Program, an interdisciplinary and international residency program for scholars, practitioners and creative artists at its northern Italian location. Previously she was the founder/president The Arts Center in Orange, a nonprofit community arts center. Through her work at the Arts Center, she gained a real appreciation for the service that the nonprofit and philanthropic sector provides. She is finishing up a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Milano/New School University in New York; proving it is never too late to go back to school. www.rockefellerfoundation.org/bellagio-center [ top of page ]

Mark Masuoka

Mark Masuoka :: Executive Director, Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts (Omaha, Nebraska)

Originally from Honolulu, Mark earned his BFA in Ceramics/Glass from the University of Hawaii in 1983, and an MFA in Ceramic Sculpture in 1987 from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. In 1989, Mark established the Mark Masuoka Gallery in Las Vegas. After four years in the commercial art business Mark entered the nonprofit arena and was appointed the Director of the Nevada Institute for Contemporary Art in Las Vegas. Shortly after relocating to Denver in 1999, he was appointed Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver. Mark returned to the commercial gallery business in 2000 and was an owner/partner in the Carson Masuoka Gallery in Denver. In July of 2003, he was appointed Executive Director of the Bemis Center in Omaha. Mark serves on the board of the Alliance of Artists Communities. www.bemiscenter.org [ top of page ]

Megan + Murray McMillan :: Video, photography, and installation artists (Providence, Rhode Island)

Megan and Murray McMillan are video, photography, and installation artists who have been collaborating since 2002. They have exhibited at the the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Greece, the National Museum of Art in La Paz, Bolivia, the Kunsthallen Brandts Museum in Odense, Denmark, and the Casa Masaccio Center for Contemporary Art in Italy. They are represented by Qbox Gallery in Athens, Greece. The McMillans have been artists-in-residence in Barcelona; Los Angeles; Tzia and Athens, Greece; and Turku and Kokar, Finland. Their work has been featured in film festivals in London, Los Angeles, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, and Romania, and has been included in the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (2009), the Video Art Program at Preview Berlin: The Emerging Art Fair (2008), the 10th International Istanbul Biennial (2007). Their solo show at White Flag Projects in St. Louis was reviewed in the November 2007 issue of Art in America. Megan has an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Murray has an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin and a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute. The McMillans have been married since 1997 and live and work in Providence, Rhode Island. www.meganandmurraymcmillan.com [ top of page ]

Tom Morrissey Tom Morrissey :: Founder, Texarkana ArtWorks (Texarkana, Texas and Providence, Rhode Island)

Thomas Morrissey is in the early stages of creating a new artist residency program in Texarkana, on the Texas/Arkansas border. As an artist, Tom has taught photography for over 30 years and has worked as a professional photographer on several international projects. He has an MFA from Arizona State University and is a professor of art at the Community College of Rhode Island. His work is included in several museum collections, including RISD, the International Center for Photography in New York, and the Corcoran in Washington; and he was recently awarded a residency at Vermont Studio Center. [ top of page ]

Hunter O'Hanian

Hunter O'Hanian :: Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Massachusetts College of Art + Design (Boston, Massachusetts)

From 1997 to 2006, Hunter served as the Executive Director of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. In December 2006 he was appointed President of Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village, Colorado. He joined MassArt in August 2009. He is a former litigation partner at the Boston law firm of Morrison, Mahoney & Miller, focusing on commercial and contract litigation. He is also the past Chairman of the WGBH Community Advisory Board, and the Art Institute of Boston Board of Trustees. Hunter was an overseer for the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, is involved with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and served as Chair of Provincetown’s Licensing Board. Hunter taught financial management for nonprofits at Boston University for five years, prior to moving to Colorado. He received his Bachelors degree from Boston College and Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School. Hunter is Chair of the Board of the Alliance of Artists Communities. www.massart.edu [ top of page ]

Drake Patten

Drake Patten :: Executive Director, The Steel Yard (Providence, Rhode Island)

Drake Patten is a graduate in History and Material Culture from Skidmore College and holds advanced degrees from the University of Durham, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Virginia in Medieval Archaeology, American History and Cultural Anthropology respectively. Drake served as Executive Director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH) from 1999-2004. Prior to joining RICH as a Program Officer in 1998, she directed a public archaeology program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville that engaged both the university and the local community in an exploration of race, class, and gender of the 19th and 20th century south. A professional archaeologist for 13 years, Drake has been involved with museums and public history since 1983. She has written and lectured on the archaeology of race, the role of fiction in archaeological research, American material culture, nineteenth century ceramics, and well as on post-colonial literature and nationalism. Drake has also taught applied archaeology on the elementary school through college levels. She has worked as an archaeological curator and educator at a number of national historic sites including Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Historic Shadwell, and Jefferson's Poplar Forest. Until 1999, Drake was the principal of Artifactory, an archaeological contract and research firm, and she remains president and artistic director of Draconian Measures, an interior design company. Prior to joining the Steel Yard, Drake spent 18 months as director of the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York. www.thesteelyard.org [ top of page ]

Jane Preston

Jane Preston :: Director of Programs, New England Foundation for the Arts (Boston, Massachusetts)

Jane Preston serves as Director of Programs at New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), providing leadership and oversight in program design and delivery of NEFA grants and services in regional touring, public art, Native Arts, the National Dance Project, National Theater Pilot, and international exchange. Among her priorities is assuring quality and integration of NEFA’s research and evaluation processes in these program areas and toward building the cultural policy case for the creative economy and artist employment. Jane has over twenty-five years of professional experience in the cultural and nonprofit community, with emphasis on working at the intersection of public and private initiatives; addressing issues of the arts and community development; and creating new partnerships and resources. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Wellesley College and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University. www.nefa.org [ top of page ]

Alix Refshauge

Alix Refshauge :: Director/Artists-in-Residence Program + Director of Development, HUB-BUB (Spartanburg, South Carolina)

Alix Refshauge was born and raised in South Carolina, and studied studio art at Furman University. Her post-college career included working for Christies Auction House with 19th C. European Furniture, working for Burton Snowboards as a traveling/snowboarding nanny, a summer in Denali, Alaska as a hotel housekeeper and dishwasher, a couple of years in Spartanburg as a faux finisher/painter, and getting an MPA in Arts Management in Charleston, SC. Alix returned to her hometown of Spartanburg in June of 2007 when she was offered the dream job of working for HUB-BUB as the Director of the Artists-in-Residence Program and Director of Development. www.hub-bub.com [ top of page ]

Clay Rockefeller

Clay Rockefeller :: Artist + Activist (Providence, Rhode Island)

Clay Rockefeller grew up near Portland, Maine and moved to Providence in 1998 to attend Brown University. While still pursuing a dual degree in American Civilization and Visual Art, Clay teamed up in 2001 with three other artists and began working on renovating the former Armington Sims steam engine factory into 39 live/work units to be marketed to working artists. Ten of these units were awarded HUD funds to help subsidize their sale prices and help assure their affordability into the future. In 2002, Clay co-founded the Steel Yard, a nonprofit organization created to serve as a catalyst in the creative, economic revitalization of the industrial valley district of Providence. In fostering the industrial arts and incubating small business, the Steel Yard has worked to cultivate an environment of experimentation and a community strengthened by creative networks.

Clay’s foremost philanthropic interests are in social entrepreneurship, affordable housing, alternative education, economic development, the arts, and issues surrounding sustainability. Clay has served on the board of and as a consultant to a number of nonprofits, including English-for-Action, AS220, Olneyville Housing Corporation, the David Rockefeller Fund, and the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. [ top of page ]

Bruce Rodgers

Bruce Rodgers :: Director, Hermitage Artist Retreat (Englewood, Florida)

Bruce is a musician, writer, playwright, creative consultant, and arts administrator. His musical education was at the Eastman School of Music and at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY. From 1971 to 1974 he was the percussion section leader for the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. As a playwright, his work has been produced at professional theatres throughout the United States as well as in Ireland and France. Bruce was named a Distinguished Artist by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts; he is a MacDowell Colony Fellow; a Seaside “Escape to Create” Fellow; and a Playwriting Fellowship winner from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. He has consulted for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and twice for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC. As an ardent advocate for Arts Education, Bruce has served as vice president of board of the Florida Alliance for Arts Education / Arts for a Complete Education (FAAE/ACE). As a creative consultant,Bruce has worked with Scott Paper Company, IBM, AT&T, Bell Communications Research, D’Arcy Macius Benton and Bowles, and many other Fortune 500 companies. He is the co-author of Innovation, Inc., (Wordware) a book on creativity in the workplace. He has worked as Literary Manager for the GeVa Theatre in Rochester, NY; was affiliated with the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ as resident playwright, and he was the Associate Artistic Director of the Asolo Theatre Company from 1993 to 2004. Bruce serves on the board of the Alliance of Artists Communities. www.hermitageartistretreat.org [ top of page ]

Ama Rogan :: Managing Director, A Studio in the Woods (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Ama Rogan is the Managing Director of A Studio in the Woods of Tulane University, a wooded sanctuary for artists and the environment located in Lower Coast Algiers, New Orleans. As a member of the founding board, an early staff member, and now director, Ama has been an integral part of the organization's growth for over 10 years. As Managing Director she is key in the development and management of arts and environmental programming, fund and board development, community outreach and communications, and financial oversight. Ama is a native New Orleanian and a visual artist with a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. With her husband, musician Ben Schenck, she is parenting two young children. www.astudiointhewoods.org [ top of page ]

Randall Rosenbaum

Randall Rosenbaum :: Executive Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (Providence, Rhode Island)

Randall Rosenbaum has served as Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts since 1995. Established in 1967, RISCA is charged by the state legislature to stimulate public interest and participation in the arts and to serve as the liaison to the state arts community. During his 10 years with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Randy served as Director of the Dance Program, Director of the Presenting Organizations Program, and Deputy Director. Randy has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education / Voice from Temple University. www.arts.ri.gov [ top of page ]

Kareem Roustom

Kareem Roustom :: Composer (Providence, Rhode Island)

Syrian born Kareem Roustom is an award-winning composer who has composed music for film, television, the concert hall, and album projects. Steeped in the musical traditions of the Arab Near East and trained in Western music, Roustom is a musically bilingual composer who has collaborated with a wide variety of artists ranging from the Philadelphia Orchestra to Shakira. His is a 2010 Emmy nominee in the Music & Sound categories for his score to the PBS documentary, The Mosque In Morgantown. An active composer of film music, he has scored a number of short and feature-length films, and his score for the award-winning documentary Encounter Point earned him the Best Musical Score Award at the 2006 Bend International Film Festival. His recent scores for Amreeka, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and the documentary Budrus, have received great critical acclaim. In addition to a successful US and European theatrical run, Amreeka was awarded the FIPRISCI (International Film Critics Assoc.) prize at Cannes 2009 and was nominated for three Spirit Awards. In June 2010, Roustom was awarded a fellowship to the prestigious Sundance Film Composers Lab held annually at the Sundance Institute. As a concert composer, Kareem has been commissioned by groups such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Boston Children's Chorus, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and the Damascus Festival Chamber Ensemble, and others. Kareem's works have also been performed by new music ensembles such as The Firebird Ensemble, The Ibis Camerata, In-Flux, the Apple Hill Chamber players, and Intercultural Journeys. New works in progress include a large scale choral commission for Easter of 2011 based on the Khalil Gibran’s “Jesus The Son of Man” and the recently completed “Resonances” – a double concerto for Arabic violin, cello, hand percussion, and string quartet commissioned by Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Ohad Bar-David. Kareem has recorded and/or produced music for Epic Records, Warner Brothers Classics, Fuller Street Music, Xauen Music, and others. www.kr-music.com [ top of page ]

Barry Schiller :: Activist, East Bay Bike Coalition (Providence, Rhode Island)

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Anna Schuleit

Anna Schuleit :: Visual artist (New York, New York)

Anna Schuleit studied painting while a student at Rhode Island School of Design and has been an artist-in-residence and guest lecturer at MIT, Smith, Brown, and Bowdoin. Anna has been the recipient of fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, and Bogliasco, as well as from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard. In 2006 she was named a MacArthur Fellow. A solo show of her paintings and works on paper was on view at Coleman Burke Gallery in New York last fall, she recently completed a large painting commission for the University Gallery at UMass Amherst, and she is currently working on a set-design for Ivy Baldwin Dance in New York City. www.justarumor.org [ top of page ]

Dave Sharp

Dave Sharp :: Artist (Providence, Rhode Island)

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Anna Shea :: Director, Firehouse XIII (Providence, Rhode Island)

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Ed Shea

Ed Shea :: Co-Founder + Artistic Director, 2nd Story Theatre (Warren, Rhode Island)

Long before his twelve-year residency at Trinity Rep, and years before his tenure on the faculty of Trinity Conservatory, Ed Shea was at the vanguard of Rhode Island's "Off-Trinity" theater scene. A home-grown talent, Ed co-founded the legendary 2nd Story Theater with long-time associate Pat Hegnauer in 1978. Since then, he has gone on to produce and/or direct well over 150 area productions. Whether wrestling with classics at Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater or exploring avant-garde world premiers at Brown University's New Play Festival, Ed saw each venture as an opportunity to nurture the actor's growth. And although he boasts a varied and extensive professional resume, Ed admits his most rewarding accomplishment is his commitment to providing area actors a safe, supportive environment to explore their artistic potential in an atmosphere of professionalism and self-respect. In 2001, 2nd Story was reborn on the 2nd floor of the former Circle Jacques Cartier Hall in Warren. Under Shea’s artistic direction, the past four years have been time of unprecedented growth and development for 2nd Story. Beginning with the acclaimed Short Attention Span Theatre one-act play festival, the theatre now produces a yearly subscription series and a summer mini-series. Ed also conducts master classes in acting at the studio. In 2003 the Theatre became a permanent cultural resource for Rhode Island’s East Bay through the purchase of its home at 28 Market Street in Warren. www.2ndstorytheatre.com [ top of page ]

Alyssa Holland Short

Alyssa Holland Short :: Executive Director, The Hive Archive (Providence, Rhode Island)

Alyssa Holland Short has a BFA in Communication Arts from Moore College of Art + Design and an MAAE in Community Art Education from Rhode Island School of Design. Alyssa became the first Executive Director of The Hive Archive in October 2008. Before The Hive, she was the Program Director for Providence ¡CirtArts! for Youth for six years. Alyssa is a practicing illustrator and writer, and has been teaching art in academic and community-based settings for more than ten years at sites including: RISD, Moore College of Art + Design, New Urban Arts, CityArts, and several public schools in Providence and Philadelphia. Alyssa lives in Providence with her husband, Adam Short, and their many plants. www.hivearchive.org [ top of page ]

Sydney "Pepper" Smith

Sydney Smith :: Artist Communities + Presenting Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, D.C.)

Sidney "Pepper" Smith was named the Specialist for Artist Communities + Presenting at the National Endowment for the Arts in 2010. A former editor, journalism professor, Peace Corps Volunteer (China), education volunteer (Honduras), poet, short story writer, and freelancer, Smith joined the NEA in 2004 where he served in the Public Affairs Office. www.arts.gov [ top of page ]

Elizabeth Streb

Elizabeth Streb :: Choreographer/Dancer + Founder, S.L.A.M. (Brooklyn, New York)

Once called the Evel Knievel of dance, Elizabeth Streb's choreography, which she calls "PopAction," intertwines the disciplines of dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, the circus, and Hollywood stunt-work. The result is a bristling, muscle-and-motion vocabulary that combines daring with strict precision in pursuit of the public display of "pure movement."

Elizabeth was awarded in 1997 a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Award. In 2008, she was appointed to the Mayor's Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, a commission mandated by the City Charter to advise the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. She holds an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, a BS in Modern Dance from SUNY Brockport from which she has received an honorary doctorate of fine arts, and an honorary doctorate from Rhode Island College. Elizabeth is the recipient of numerous other awards and fellowships including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987; a Brandeis Creative Arts Award in 1991; two New York Dance and Performance Awards (Bessie Awards), in 1988 and 1999 for her "sustained investigation of movement'; and over 20 years of ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2004, she was a Master Artist-in-Residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts.

In 2003 Elizabeth established S.L.A.M. (STREB Lab for Action Mechanics) in Brooklyn. S.L.A.M.'s door is literally open for the community to come in and watch rehearsals, take classes, and learn to fly. The central idea at SLAM (besides always being public) is to mix three extreme action forms: PopAction, KidAction, and Circus Arts.

Elizabeth believes that true movement invention (the rubric of her investigations) happens accidentally with the milling together of strangers and out of the diverse movement voices that accidentally cross paths. SLAM is the Petrie dish that feeds the possibility for these new forms to emerge. www.streb.org [ top of page ]

Allan Tear

Allan Tear :: Board Member, Awesome Foundation; Co-Founder, Betaspring; and Managing Partner, Aptus Collaborative (Providence, Rhode Island)

Allan Tear is managing partner at the consultancy Aptus Collaborative and a serial entrepreneur well-known in local technology circles. In 2008, he was chosen as one of Providence Business News’s 40 Under Forty. Allan recently co-founded Betaspring, a Providence-based startup aimed at young entrepreneurs. He serves on the board of the Providence chapter of Awesome Foundation. www.awesomefoundation.org [ top of page ]

Dejen Tesfagiorgis

Dejen Tesfagiorgis :: Founder + President, ArtsApp (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Dejen Tesfagiorgis is the Founder and President of ArtsApp, an online social network and portfolio management tool for arts schools and administrators. Current ArtsApp partners include The Juilliard School, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Ragdale Foundation.

Dejen holds a BA in Music and Entrepreneurship from the University of St. Thomas (MN). He is the recipient of the 2008 Tommie Award, an annual award given to a single student in recognition of achievements in scholarship, leadership, and campus service. He has presented on topics of entrepreneurship and technology to students at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business and the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. Dejen’s primary musical instrument is saxophone, and has studied under Ruben Haugen, Roscoe Mitchell, and Ryan Meisel. Dejen has also taught classes on jazz and musicianship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Music Clinic. www.artsapp.com [ top of page ]

Valerie Tutson

Valerie Tutson :: Storyteller + Founder, Rhode Island Black Storytellers (Providence, Rhode Island)

Valerie Tutson is a graduate of Brown University with an MA in Theatre Arts and a BA in the self-designed major, Storytelling As A Communications Art. Valerie has been telling stories for 20 years and draws her stories from around the world with an emphasis on African traditions. Valerie teaches workshops and classes to students of all ages, and hosts Cultural Tapestry, an award-winning cable television show celebrating diverse cultures. Valerie founded Rhode Island Black Storytellers and most recently served as the Co-Director of the National Black Storytelling Festival in Providence. www.valerietutson.com [ top of page ]

Eric Vines :: Executive Director, Sitka Center for Art + Ecology (Otis, Oregon)

Prior to his current position, Eric Vines founded and operated Vines Leadership Design, a business advisory company focusing on executive leadership design for businesses, non-profits and their boards. He also spent 6 years as the associate director of Programs at the Edward Lowe Foundation in Michigan. He serves on the Board of the Association of Women Business Centers, a national organization representing over 125 business centers and 140,000 women and has personally worked with more than 300 men and women business owners in the last 7 years helping them develop stronger leadership skills and better business practices. Vines has an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Oregon as well as an undergraduate degree in physics and math from Whitman College. www.sitkacenter.org [ top of page ]

Herb Weiss :: Economic + Cultural Affairs Officer, City of Pawtucket (Pawtucket, Rhode Island)

bio N/A www.pawtucketri.com [ top of page ]

Lilli Weisz

Lilli Weisz :: Research Associate, Alliance of Artists Communities (Providence, Rhode Island)

Lilli joined the Alliance in February 2010 as the new Research Associate, and her work has focused on supporting dance residencies. Lilli has an MA in Nonprofit Arts Management with a concentration in performing arts from NYU, where she completed her thesis “Supporting the Artist, Not Just the Art: A Consideration of Artist Support in a Challenging Environment.” She has worked as a performing arts manager at the 92nd Street Y, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Chicago's Dept. of Cultural Affairs. Lilli served as a Research Consultant at New York Foundation for the Arts, surveying more than 100 artist service organizations and 1,700 artists nationwide. She also freelances as a professional organizer, creating systems of organization for homes, offices, and artist studios. Lilli recently returned to New York City and is working as an independent consultant. [ top of page ]

David Wells

David Wells :: Executive Director, Edenfred (Madison, Wisconsin)

David Wells is currently Executive Director of Edenfred, the creative residency program of the Terry Family Foundation, in Madison, WI. In this capacity he has developed the arts residency programs, a statewide forum for arts curators, and curates visual art exhibits for Edenfred and for Sundance Cinemas Madison. David has pursued interdisciplinary interests as an exhibiting artist, consultant, gallerist/curator, and arts administrator for over 30 years in both the business and nonprofit sectors.

In 2009, David served on the first NEA panel for grants to artist residencies. He is currently a member of the Steering Committee for the City of Madison Cultural Plan and as an advisor to the James Wtrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts & Letters. David has been a frequent lecturer for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and UW-Madison and has been a guest artist/critic at numerous schools and universities. He has exhibited across the United States as well as in Mexico, Japan and Czech Republic, with numerous solo installation exhibits in Southern California and Wisconsin. www.edenfred.org [ top of page ]

David White :: Executive Director + Producer, ARTVENTURES New Hampshire (Hopkinton, New Hampshire)

A former dancer and filmmaker, David White served as Executive Director + Producer of Dance Theater Workshop, and has come to be known as one of the country's most influential and innovative producers, arts administrators, and cultural community-builders. David founded National Performance Network in 1984, which provides real financial support to progressive alternative cultural centers and artists around the country. David has served on Atlantic Center for the Arts' National Council (its artist advisory group) for over two decades, and succeeded Edward Albee at ACA's chair in 2006. David has consulted with The Rockefeller Foundation, The Rhode Island Foundation, and many other organizations, and is currently working with Providence-based Everett Dance Theatre and First Works. ARTVENTURES New Hampshire is a statewide non-profit cultural development and artist production project under the institutional aegis of the Crotched Mountain Foundation, and is supported by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the University System of New Hampshire, the Crotched Mountain Foundation, and individual donors concerned about the future of New Hampshire's cultural landscape. [ top of page ]

Steve Whitten :: Principal + Lead Consultant, Art of Funding (Barrington, Rhode Island)

For more than 25 years Steve Whitten has counseled artists and designers on both their career paths and the means to make those goals real. As part of that process, he has guided candidates as they applied to important funding resources (including the Fulbright US Student Grant, Watson Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Rome Prize, Marshall Fellowship, Rhodes Scholarship, Windgate Fellowship, and the Devan Lewis and Gelman Fellowships) and to notable residency programs (including Ox-Bow, Skowhegan, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, The MacDowell Colony, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Vermont Studio Center, Yaddo, Bemis Center, and the Fine Arts Work Center). Currently he is the principal and lead consultant of Art of Funding, a consultancy for creative people. Prior to that he was Director of the Alumni and Career Services Office at Rhode Island School of Design, and a special education educator and administrator at the renowned Landmark School in Prides Crossing, Massachusetts. [ top of page ]

Pamela Winfrey

Pamela Winfrey :: Senior Artist, The Exploratorium (San Francisco, California)

Pamela Winfrey is a playwright and performer with a bachelor’s degree in theater and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary arts. She has been at the Exploratorium since 1979 and has worked as an Explainer and for the teaching programs, ran the Tactile Dome, started the Volunteer department, was the director of the performing arts program, acted as director for the arts, and is now a senior artist. Over the years, she has curated numerous performance series, exhibitions, artist residencies, and gallery installations. Pam has served on many panels, including the Interactive Arts Panel for Ars Electronica, and in 2009 was the lead curatorial consultant for emerging art forms for Creative Capital. As a playwright, she specializes in writing absurd plays for a thinking audience. She is currently in residence at Climate Theatre. www.exploratorium.edu [ top of page ]

Lori Wood :: Director, Fes Medina (Fez, Morocco)

Lori Wood has an extensive background in the field of artist residency programs and social entrepreneurship, and conducted the first field assessment for artists’ communities in 1991, which resulted in the founding of the Alliance of Artists Communities. Lori directed the Villa Montalvo Artist Residency Program in California from 1991-1995, where she organized the NEA-funded “El Taller Nepantla,” a collaboration between Villa Montalvo and Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA), and other international residencies. She spent two years on the boards of both the Alliance of Artists Communities and Res Artis: The International Network of Residential Arts Centres, and helped run artist residency conferences and planning sessions in Budapest, New Delhi, and Dublin. She has created literary arts programming and fundraising programs for organizations such as the National Steinbeck Center and UCSC Division of Humanities. Lori produced two NEA Big Read programs, created and implemented the 2007 Steinbeck Festival, A Culture of Discontent: Steinbeck in the 60s, and led the early creation process of the 2008 Steinbeck Festival, Steinbeck in Mexico. She is currently managing a two-year IMLS leadership grant, a collaboration between the Salinas Public Library and the National Steinbeck Center, re-imagining Salinas, California as a City of Letters. She is also the founder and director of a social venture project in Fes, Morocco which is restoring traditional properties in Fes’ medieval medina and will provide non-profit residencies for artists from around the world. Lori holds a BA in Literature from Harvard College, an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School, and a Masters in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on France and North Africa. [ top of page ]











The 2010 Conference is supported in part by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, The Rhode Island Foundation, and Bank Rhode Island.

Words cannot express how much I grew as an artist and administrator at the Alliance conference. I was exposed to so much in so little time and had so much fun in the process, all in the name of sustaining artists and their contribution to our culture.

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