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Brooke Davis Anderson
Executive Director, Prospect New Orleans
Former Senior Administrator for Education and Concerts & Lectures, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Client Manager, ACME Technologies
Alaine Arnott has worked with with the Metropolitan Museum of Art as the Senior Administrator for Education and Concerts & Lectures. After her time at The Met, she joined Tessitura Networks as Project Manager. She is currently Client Manager at ACME Technologies. Ms. Arnott holds a PhD in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis and a MBA in Art/NonProfit Administration, both from University of Missouri-Columbia.
Former Associate Artistic Director, Urban Bush Women; Artistic Director, MBDance
Maria Bauman is an artist, administrator and community organizer. She has danced with Urban Bush Women, Nia Love/Blacksmith’s Daughter, Adele Myers and Dancers, Angela’s Pulse, Mendi + Keith Obadike, and jill sigman/thinkdance, and apprenticed with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. She was with Urban Bush Women for eight seasons, originating several roles, and serving as the Associate Artistic Director of the company. In 2007 she founded MBDance, creating duets & small group dances from a sense of physical & emotional power, a desire for equity, and a fascination with intimacy & relationship. Ms. Bauman is also a teacher. She is an annual faculty member for the American Dance Festival Winter Intensive and Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute, and has been an adjunct professor of dance at Hunter College. Among other honors, she has received a 2014 CUNY Dance Initiative Residency Award, 2012-13 and 2009-10 Harlem Stage Fund for New Work via The Jerome Foundation, and a 2010-11 Dance Theater Workshop Studio Series. She has been recognized by the New York Foundation for the Arts as an Emerging Leader in the Arts.
Former Interim Executive Director, Ballet Hispanico; Principal, Helene Blieberg Associates LLC
Ms. Blieberg has more than 30 years experience in philanthropy and communications, including having served as Vice President and Executive Director of the CBS Foundation and Vice President of Communications for CBS. As Principal of Helene Blieberg Associates LLC, she has provided management and communication services to arts and cultural organizations, corporations and foundations since 2001. She specializes in assisting organizations in executive transition and has served in that capacity to six organizations, including the American Craft Council, ArtTable, CEC ArtsLink and Meredith Monk/The House Foundation for the Arts. She has also provided philanthropic and management services to Pfizer, American Express, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone’s Cultural Industry Investment Fund, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, and the Center for Arts Education, among others. She currently serves on the boards or advisory councils of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, the Support Center for Nonprofit Management, Coro New York Leadership Center, and the Arts & Business Council/New York. In 2012 Ms. Blieberg stepped into the role of Interim Executive Director with Ballet Hispanico. She was succeeded later that year by current Executive Director Lee Koonce.
Director of Sponsorship, Brooklyn Academy of Music
Chantal Bernard has raised $3+million for her department at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), by generating funds from both marketing and philanthropic areas of corporate sectors as well as foreign governments. Ms. Bernard oversees a departmental budget and seeks to create opportunities for sponsors by providing them with strategic partnerships. Before joining BAM, Chantal spent eight years at Macy’s negotiating strategic partnerships for iconic events such as The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Fourth of July Fireworks. Though having a corporate background, Ms. Bernard is not a stranger to the non-profit sector; prior to Macy’s she spent several years at non profit organizations creating community programs, developing volunteer engagement initiatives, and acting as a child advocate and providing counseling for families and children. Ms. Bernard holds a B.A. degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is also a member of Women in Development (WID), New York. She is strongly committed to volunteerism and has held key volunteer roles at various organizations. She is a native New Yorker and currently resides in Brooklyn.
Courtney Blackwell Burton
Managing Director of Operations, Julliard Global Ventures
Courtney Blackwell Burton leads the development and implementation of Juilliard's Global Ventures (JGV) suite of digital educational products. During her time at JGV, she has spearheaded the release of two apps for iPhone and iPad, one of which was named by Apple as “Best of 2015” and “Runner-up" for App of the Year China. She has frequently moderated discussions on the performing arts, education, and technology with noted panelists including Dr. Joseph Polisi, actors Adam Driver and Joanne Tucker, playwright Katori Hall, and American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, Marcelo Gomez. Prior to her current position, she was Director of Career Services at Juilliard where she increased departmental revenue by 100% during her tenure and secured funding for Juilliard’s first entrepreneurship grant program. She also led the first rebranding and marketing campaign for Hire Juilliard Performers, a service connecting Juilliard performers with national and international performance opportunities. Courtney is a former professional dancer who has held engagements with Ballet Theater Munich, the Thang Dao Dance Company in New York, and as a guest with Netherlands Dance Theater at the Lincoln Center Festival. Courtney is on the Advisory Board for Springboard Danse Montreal, holds a Bachelor's degree from The Juilliard School, and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia Business School.
Chief Executive Officer, LaPlaca Cohen
Arthur Cohen is the Chief Executive Officer of LaPlaca Cohen. In this role he consults with major arts organizations throughout the world, working with staff, Board members, and funders on communications and strategic planning issues. To ensure that clients always have access to the latest best-practice examples and cutting-edge research from around the globe, Mr. Cohen leads LaPlaca Cohen’s Culture Track—the largest ongoing market research study of the American cultural consumer. He lectures internationally and is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University. Mr. Cohen is the Vice Chairman of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, and a Board member of: the Architectural League of New York; The University of Pennsylvania/Institute of Contemporary Art; and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Modern and Contemporary Collections Committee of the Harvard University Art Museums, and the Visiting Committee of the Center for Experimental Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Executive Director, Trusty Sidekick Theatre
Jeremy Dewey is an arts management leader and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations across the country. His areas of expertise include business strategy, project management, systems analysis, and fundraising, with additional experience in organizational financial management and executive recruiting. Jeremy is also a co-founder of Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, a theater company dedicated to producing bold, original productions for young audiences and families. In just five short years, Trusty Sidekick productions have reached thousands of children and families, and the annual operating budget has grown to nearly $250,000 through strategic programming partnerships and a growing base of individual and institutional donors. The organization’s development has been informed by a desire to build a mission-centered organization with a responsive and responsible business model that adapts to the rapidly-changing realities faced by both modern theater companies and families. He is also currently the Director of Project Management and Strategic Planning at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), where he oversees organizational planning and project management. With his guidance, BAM has had numerous success product launches, including its first all-inclusive gift card and a new dynamic membership program. He regularly leads business process improvement projects resulting in gains in operational (human and technological) efficiencies across multiple divisions, among other projects. He has developed a growing body of internal research, analysis, and business plans that have guided internal strategic decisions and yielded additional earned revenue for the institution. Jeremy’s previous experience includes engagements with New York City Ballet, DHR International, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Theater Center, TITAS, and Kansas Audio-Reader Network. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Arts Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas.
President, Dunch Arts
Emma Dunch founded Dunch Arts in 2008. Today, her firm fields experienced consulting teams working with cultural clients on three continents and raising millions of dollars each year. Ms. Dunch has worked across the world with organizations including the Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Jazz at Lincoln Center, London Philharmonic Orchestra, National Corporate Theatre Fund, National Gallery of Australia, Playwrights Horizons and the Public Theater, among others. Dunch Arts client projects have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Crain’s New York Business. Ms. Dunch holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Bachelor of Music Performance in Opera from leading universities in her native Australia, and is a graduate of the League of American Orchestra’s Orchestral Management Fellowship Program.
Carolyn Charpie Fagan
Education Programs Manager, New Victory Theater
Carolyn joined the staff at The New Victory Theater in New York in the summer of 2012. She has also worked for Center for Arts Education and The New School for Music in New York City. Carolyn is a graduate of the Arts Administration program at Teacher’s College Columbia University.
Hrag Vartanian & Veken Gueyikian
Founder & Editors-in-Chief, Hyperallergic
Hrag Vartanian is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic, the award-winning art blogazine based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has appeared in countless publications, and he has been invited as a guest commentator on Al Jazeera, WNYC, KCRW, and other national and international media outlets. In addition to his writing and commentary, he has curated numerous exhibitions, including #TheSocialGraph, which was the first exploration of the evolving landscape of social media art back in 2010. He regularly writes and lectures about performance art, the online art world, street art, and multiculturalism.
Veken Gueyikian is the co-founder and publisher of Hyperallergic, and founder of Nectar Ads. Hyperallergic is an award-winning art blogzine based in Brooklyn NY. Nectar Ads is the first online ad network devoted exclusively to the visual arts.
Management and Strategy Consultant
Jeffrey Golde is a “management and strategy consultant” in the arts and non-profit world. His varied career includes working in programming and production for non-profit arts producer UMS (University Musical Society) and providing administrative and financial consulting support to the Aquila Theatre. He also worked in marketing for WETA, the PBS/NPR affiliate in Washington D.C., where he managed and created advertising and promotions campaigns. Additional projects have included providing marketing and strategic consulting to 180 Partners, Trusty Sidekick, Columbia University Executive Education and a variety of other non-profit organizations. As a performer, he spent 11 years in the theatre industry as an actor, director and producer working in a variety of off-Broadway, regional theater and opera productions. He is also the co-Founder of the theater company Stone Soup Shakespeare bringing free Shakespeare performances to rural communities. He also works with professionals to develop their leadership and communication skills and facilitate staff and board strategic and development retreats. As a skilled coach he uses his diverse background in business and the arts to act as a sounding board for senior Executives. His background as an actor, director, teacher, founder and executive inform his teaching and facilitation style; highly experiential with original activities developed with his colleagues from the world of improvisation and theater. He teaches MBA and EMBA students at Columbia Business School and coaches and teaches senior executives in the Columbia Advanced Management Program. Jeffrey received his BA from Haverford College, obtained his theater training from Drama Studio London in the UK and earned his Executive MBA from Columbia University.
Vanessa Kramer Hallet
Senior Director and Worldwide Head of Photographs, Phillips Photographs
Since joining Phillips’s Photographs department in 2005, Vanessa Kramer Hallet has led her international team to the forefront of the international Photographs market. Featured in the Art + Auction December 2011 Power Issue for her achievements, Vanessa’s tenure at the Photographs department has been steadfastly defined by the successful introduction of emerging photographers to the secondary market and the setting of numerous world auction records for classic and contemporary photographers. Previously, she was at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA and worked in Client Services at Sotheby’s. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University in Art History and a postgraduate degree in American Fine and Decorative Arts from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
President of the Board of Directors, Shandaken Project
Dave Harper is an independent curator, critic, and consultant based in New York. From 2013 to 2016 he was a director at the online auction house Paddle8, focused on nonprofit fundraising, artist and institutional relations and special projects. Prior to that, he was the Visual Art Curator at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from 2006 to 2013. Currently, at Shandaken Project, an annual artist residency operated in collaboration with Storm King Arts Center in New Windsor, NY, he serves as member of the Board of Trustees.
Owner, Lesley Heller Workspace
Lesley Heller is the owner of Lesley Heller Workspace, a contemporary art Gallery on the Lower East Side. Workspace was founded in 2006 and opened its gallery in 2010 with a unique program of concurrent solo and guest curated exhibitions in two separate spaces.
Lesley Heller Workspace primarily highlights the work of emerging and underrepresented mid and late career artists. The Gallery acts as a forum for exploring fundamental ideas, issues and concerns in contemporary art, and as a launching point for a range of artists. Ms. Heller is a graduate of the Arts Administration Program at Teachers College Columbia University.
Projects and Operations Coordinator, Disney Theatrical Group
Pearl Hodiwala is from Sydney, Australia and moved to New York to pursue her Master's Degree. She graduated from the Arts Administration program in 2014. She has a background in creative development, fundraising, producing and theatre management. She has worked as Philanthropy Coordinator at Belvoir Street Theatre, Producing Fellow at The Public Theater and Strategy and Business Development Coordinator at Disney Theatrical Group. Currently, Pearl is Projects and Operations Coordinator in the Theatrical Licensing division at Disney Theatrical Group. Pearl is also Managing Director of Kaimera Productions, a member of the Women's Project Producers Lab 2014-2016.
Dr. Jerry James
Director of Teaching and Learning, Center for Arts Education
Jerry James is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Center for Arts Education, overseeing all arts education programming and related research initiatives. Prior to joining CAE, Dr. James was a lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art and an international teaching artist at The Lincoln Center Institute. He has taught in a number of New York City public schools and universities, including PS/IS 51M, Hunter College and Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently an adjunct professor in the graduate school of education at The School of Visual Arts. Dr. James holds an M.F.A. in painting from Yale University and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. His awards include three fellowships from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Fund Prize for Painting from Yale University and the Outstanding Teaching Award from Columbia University in 2006.
Co-Founder, Kubany Judlowe LLC
Rachel Judlowe holds a B.A. from Williams College, with a focus on art history and architecture. From 1999–2006 she worked at the Museum of Modern Art, first in the Department of Education, where she produced the Museum’s audio-tours, and then in the Department of Architecture & Design where she oversaw coordination of the MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program as well as many public lectures and symposia. In 2006 Judlowe joined Ruder Finn, Arts & Communications Counselors where her work focused on new and expanding cultural institutions around the world, as well as the promotion of major cultural events. Additionally, she has undertaken a diverse group of art world and cultural projects, including the development and implementation of PR campaigns for art galleries, foundations, product launches, museum exhibitions, and a range of publications. In 2011, Judlowe partnered with Elizabeth Kubany to form Kubany Judlowe, LLC. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Architectural League.
Director of NEW INC, New Museum of Contemporary Art
Julia Kaganskiy, Director of NEW INC and is a recognized cultural producer across the art and technology fields. She previously served as Global Editor of the Creators Project, a partnership between VICE Media Group and Intel, and founded #ArtsTech Meetup, a group that brings together professionals from New York City’s museums, galleries, art-related start-ups, and digital artists. She has been cited by Fast Company (2011) and Business Insider (2013) as one of the most influential women in technology, and by Crain's New York Business (2015) as one of the most talented professionals under the age of 40 who are working in New York City. Additionally, she was listed and profiled in the 2012 AOL/PBS series MAKERS honoring women leaders.
Nina Levent is an art historian and an expert in the fields of multisensory art, food and art, multimodal learning and inclusion in museums. Dr. Levent is the co-editor Food and Museums (2016), Multimodal Museum: The Multisensory Museum: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Touch, Sound, Smell, Memory, and Space (2011); Art Beyond Sight: A Resource Guide to Art, Creativity, and Visual Impairment (2005). Her research interests and expertise include multisensory museums, sensory design and learning, cultural inclusion, accessible museums, universal design, representation of disability and difference, representation of the body, sensory and perceptual normality.
Levent has lectured on accessibility and multi-sensory learning at museums around the world. She has trained museum staff in the US, Korea, Japan, France, Italy, Puerto Rico and Mexico. She is one of the principal organizers of the international conference on Multimodal Approaches to Learning that has been taking place every two years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2005. Dr. Levent served on the faculty of New York Art Academy, and has been the Executive Director of Art Beyond Sight. She is now the CEO of Sapar Contemporary Gallery + Incubator, where she is deeply engaged with international contemporary artists and curators.She received her Ph.D. from the Humboldt University in Berlin, and MA from the Moscow Lomonosov University.
President/Executive Director, Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre
Dwayne Linville received his Master’s Degree from Yale University in 1997. He worked with the Ford Foundation as their Senior Grants Manager for a number of years, and has recently become the foundation’s Manager of Innovation and Implementation. Dwayne also serves as President-Executive Director of Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre which has received much critical acclaim since its debut, a little over ten years ago. The company is praised for its high level of innovation, sophistication, craftsmanship and extraordinary level of artistry from its dancers, live musicians and other artists.
External Relations & Information Officer, UNESCO
George Papagiannis began his career as a news journalist working in Washington DC and Boston, as well as overseas. In 2007 he joined the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) working at their headquarters in Paris as Program Specialist with the Division of Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace. In 2009 he took on the role of Officer in Charge of UNESCO operations in Baghdad. There he helped UNESCO media development portfolio as well as manage $50 Million in projects related to UNESCO mission including preservation of cultural heritage, pedagogy and teacher training, curriculum development in higher education, and hydrology projects such as the restoration of the ancient Kharez or Kanat water system. Mr. Papagiannis is currently working for UNESCO as an External Relations and Information Officer, helping Americans gain a deeper understanding of UNESCO and its mission.
Associate Producer, Urban Bush Women
Lai-Lin Robinson is an arts administrator and dancer from Washington, DC. She began with "The Bush" as an intern, then began working as UBW Marketing and Development Assistant and later as Program Assistant and Manager of Operations and Touring. Lai-Lin currently supports UBW’s programming with her work on tour with the company, in assisting the production of new work and helping the creation and operation of the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center. Lai-Lin graduated from Fordham University with a BA in Communications and Media Studies and a minor in Spanish Language.
Senior VP, Marketing and External Relations, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Cynthia Round is the Senior Vice President, Marketing and External Relations, for The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is responsible for global brand stewardship, marketing and communications for the organization. Prior to joining the Met in 2013, Ms. Rounds oversaw brand strategy and marketing for United Way Worldwide, the nation’s largest privately held non-profit. She began her career in brand management at the Procter & Gamble Company, working in both the USA and Italy. She went on to work for Ogilvy Worldwide as Senior Partner and Executive Group Director. Ms. Round is a frequent guest-lecturer on global branding and social marketing at college campuses across the country, most recently NYU, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins. Her volunteer work includes the Ad Council and the board of the Advertising Educational Foundation. She is past-chair of the board for Soho Rep Theatre and the 2009 American Marketing Association Nonprofit Conference.
Special Events Manager and Executive Assistant, Baryshnikov Arts Center
Vernon Scott is a graduate of the Juilliard School and has danced and toured the world with several dance companies including Feld Ballet, Elisa Monte, Stephen Petronio, Pilobolus, Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris (performing in The Hard Nut and L’Allegro Moderato ed il Pensorato) and finally seven years with Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project (where he also served as the Rehearsal Coordinator) and premiered his own work “Layers” at the company. He has appeared in benefits and galas at Alice Tully Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, Carnegie Hall and others. He then shifted gears and eventually became the National Director of Showrooms for Grange Furniture and finally the National Public Relations Manager for Aga Ranges, Marvel and Northland Refrigeration prior to moving to BAC. Mr. Scott serves on not for profit boards such as The Martha Hill Dance Fund as President, and is the Coordinating Producer of the 2014 documentary Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter; and as Vice-President of Full Circle Productions, which produces 360° Dance Company where he is the Director of Development and Special Events. He is overjoyed to keep a toe in the studio with coaching and setting the works of 360° Dance Company’s Artistic Director Martin Lofsnes, as well as coaching the National Young Arts modern dance finalists in Miami, Fl .
Artist and Editor, Nonsense NYC
Jeff Stark is the editor of the long-running Nonsense NYC, a weekly email list for independent art and Do-It-Yourself events. As an artist, Mr. Stark creates site specific works which emphasize the significance and spectacle of collective experience. His diverse projects range from secret dinners to full-scale theatrical productions that make sometimes unauthorized use of public and private spaces. Mr. Stark also writes and directs plays, makes short films, prints, and books, and organizes large groups of artists. His projects are collaborative and often self-produced. His work has been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and News Hour, as well as by international media organizations like ARD Germany, the BBC, and NHK in Japan.
Director of Public Programming, Lincoln Center for the Arts
Jill Sternheimer has served as Director, Public Programming at Lincoln Center for the past year. Prior to that she was the Producer, Public Programming for 8 years, working to produce and program two of the major summer festivals at Lincoln Center: Midsummer Night Swing and Lincoln Center Out of Doors.
A native of Cleveland, Sternheimer is a graduate of Boston University and has lived in New York for more than 20 years. She has been working in the field of popular music production for most of her career, including stints with Festival Productions, which produces the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest, and at WFUV Radio, where she served as Promotion Director. Her expertise is putting together shows that honor the legacies of American music, be it pop, jazz, Americana, rhythm & blues, etc. Sternheimer finds the artists that exemplify the best in a particular genre, and packages them into one-of-a-kind events that both entertain and educate the audience.
Executive Vice President, FITZ & CO
Rebecca Taylor is Executive Vice President at FITZ & CO, a strategic communications and marketing firm specializing in arts + culture. She oversees the media and social media teams and leads many of the agency’s international accounts. Prior to joining FITZ & CO Rebecca was Communications Director at MoMA PS1, where she strategically led the campaigns for Mike Kelley, Rain Room, EXPO 1: New York, Now Dig This!, September 11, and many other critically-acclaimed exhibitions. Additionally, Rebecca spearheaded communications campaigns at The Getty and Museum of Contemporary Art. Rebecca lectures extensively on arts marketing, communications, and social media. Recently she has presented at Christie's in New York and Art Basel Sponsorship Summit in Berlin among other national and international presentations. She is also a contributing writer to Khan Academy’s Smarthistory (Contemporary Art) and the Huffington Post (Arts & Culture); a member of numerous professional groups, and also serves on several patron councils.
Assistant Curator, The Kitchen
Lumi Tan is an Assistant Curator at The Kitchen, New York. She has also produced numerous music, performance, dance, and literature events including those with Kyle Abraham, Rhys Chatham, The New Inquiry, and Steven Reker. She has previously been the Guest Curator at the FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, France, having being awarded the 2009-2010 H+F Curatorial Grant; a director at Zach Feuer Gallery, New York; and curatorial assistant at MoMA/P.S.1, New York. Independently, she has curated over 20 exhibitions in New York and Europe. She is a frequent contributor to frieze and Artforum.com, and has contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues. She has also written articles for Artforum, Frieze, and The New York Times. She received a B.A. in Art History from Bryn Mawr College and an M.A. from Hunter College, New York.
Alexander De Voogt
Assistant Curator of African Ethnology, American Museum of Natural History
Alex de Voogt is the Assistant Curator of African Ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York in the Division of Anthropology.
His diverse interests include the archaeology of Sudan, the dispersal of board games and the development of writing systems. He has studied leadership as well as stress and coping mechanisms of archaeologists in the field and used a series of African board games to study decision making processes. His current position allows for a better understanding of museum management practices while actively participating in the research agenda of the anthropology division.
Alex was a professor of organizational psychology at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, and a teacher in several MBA and management programs in Europe, where he first became interested in museum management. He has a PhD in the Social Sciences from Leiden University and and MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.
Executive Director, New York Artists Equity Association
Melinda Wang graduated from Princeton University and received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She currently serves as Executive Director of New York Artists Equity, a non-profit organization founded in 1947 to promote opportunities for artists. Artists Equity operates Equity Gallery, a non-profit art space on the Lower East Side. Melinda is also Founder and Principal of MW Projects, a cultural production and art advisory firm, and Executive Director of Collective Show, a contemporary art non-profit organization focused on artist collectives worldwide. Melinda serves on the Board of Governors of the Princeton Association of New York City and is Chair of the Association’s Arts & Culture Committee. In addition, she is an advisory board member of Silvershed, an artist-run space, and is active in the Junior Associates of the Museum of Modern Art.
Founder/Director, Art in Odd Places
Ed Woodham is a multi-disciplinary artist, teacher and the founder/director of Art in Odd Places (AiOP). AiOP was founded in Atlanta in 1996 as a part of the Cultural Olympics Public Art campaign. The group was on hiatus from 1998- 2005, and re established in New York City. AiOP currently presents an annual NYC public visual and performance art event specializing in presenting art in unexpected public spaces. Mr. Woodham created and co-produced the Bravo documentary series, The It Factor, about actors trying to 'make it' in New York and LA. He has appeared as a puppeteer in numerous productions and created two works for Arts at St Ann’s Puppet Lab. Mr. Woodham has been a teaching artist for over twenty-five years, and currently teaches with City as Site: Art as Social Intervention, as well as workshops in politically base performance through EMERGENYC.