Arts Organizing + Education

Photo by Claire Demos

Photo by Claire Demos

Chicago Artists Coalition | Chicago, IL

Director of Education, 2014-present

Established in 1974, Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) is a non-profit organization that supports emerging Chicago artists through education, artist residencies, and exhibitions—providing them with the resources to live, work, and thrive in the city. CAC is committed to building a diverse community of artist leaders who define the place of art in our city’s culture and economy, and to cultivating a wide-reaching civic, philanthropic, and public support network that enhances the impact of contemporary artists in Chicago.

CAC’s Education strategy is designed to address the vital skillsets and resources that empower artists and arts professionals to nurture and sustain dynamic creative careers. Our approach to education is rooted in two primary programs: FIELD/WORK and LAUNCH Invitational Residency.

FIELD/WORK is a year-round program that includes:

  • FIELD/WORK Public Programs, featuring workshops and panel conversations, individual consultations, and peer learning exchanges that provide artists of all disciplines and career stages with the educational skills and community needed for creative and professional success

  • FIELD/WORK Residency, a 6-month program designed for artists wanting a deeper engagement in vital issues in artists’ professional development, critical feedback, and support in designing a pathway to progress with individual career goals.

LAUNCH Invitational Residency is a nomination-based professional development program organized every June for artists emerging from Chicago area undergraduate schools. Offered to a limited number of promising students identified by faculty, the four-day-long experience creates a rigorous environment within which artists learn career-building skills from both professionals and peers.

Photo by Sara Pooley

Photo by Sara Pooley

Rebuild Foundation | Chicago, IL

Program Manager, 2013-2014

Rebuild Foundation is a platform for art, cultural development, and neighborhood transformation. Rebuild’s projects support artists and strengthen communities by providing free arts programming, creating new cultural amenities, and developing affordable housing, studio, and live-work space.

Rebuild’s mission is to demonstrate the impact of innovative, ambitious, and entrepreneurial arts and cultural initiatives. Rebuild’s work is informed by three core values: black people matter, black spaces matter, and black objects matter.

Rebuild’s leverages the power and potential of communities, buildings, and objects that others have written off.

Founded and led by artist Theaster Gates, Rebuild is part of a network of sister organizations, including Arts + Public LifePlace Lab, and the Space Fund, that collaborate to extend the social engagement of Gates’ studio practice to the South Side of Chicago and beyond.

Dee Alexander's Evolution Ensemble | Photo by Marc Monaghan

Dee Alexander's Evolution Ensemble | Photo by Marc Monaghan

Hyde Park Jazz Festival | Chicago, IL

Festival Production Associate, 2012

The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is a collaborative platform dedicated to supporting the presentation and ongoing development of jazz, particularly on the South Side of Chicago.  We do this by creating opportunities for a diverse community of listeners to engage with the music and its creators, and by working with artists, organizational partners and networks to celebrate the rich tradition of jazz and to support the development of new work and ideas.

Hand-in-Glove Conference | Photo courtesy of threewalls

Hand-in-Glove Conference | Photo courtesy of threewalls

threewalls | Chicago, IL

Salon Coordinator, 2011-2012

Threewalls is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to increasing Chicago’s cultural capital by cultivating contemporary art practice and discourse. Through a range of exhibition and public programs, including symposiums, lectures, performances and publications, Threewalls creates a locus of exchange between local, national and international contemporary art communities. 

Judd Morrissey and Mark Jeffery | Photo by Danny Snelson

Judd Morrissey and Mark Jeffery | Photo by Danny Snelson

NOISE! 2010: Poetics of Media Communication | New York, NY

Event Coordinator, 2010

Noise! 2010 is a one-day, marathon event, featuring a staggering array of artists and works including performance, sound, moving image, language, and culinary craft. Curated/Organized by Tianna Kennedy, Danny Snelson, Caspar Stracke and presented in association with the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator.

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free103point9 (now Wave Farm) | Brooklyn & Acra, NY

Regrant Assistant, 2008-2009

Transmission Art Archive Research Associate & Co-Editor, 2009-2011

Wave Farm is a non-profit arts organization driven by experimentation with broadcast media and the airwaves. A pioneer of the Transmission Arts genre, Wave Farm programs provide access to transmission technologies and support artists and organizations that engage with media as an art form.

Transmission Arts

Wave Farm supports artistic projects that engage the electromagnetic spectrum, transmitted on the airwaves and through public presentation. TheWave Farm Artist Residency Programsupports visiting artists from around the globe; theStudy Centerlibrary features a specialized research collection; and, theTransmission Arts Archivepresents a living genealogy of artists’ experiments with broadcast media and the airwaves.

Wave Farm Radio

Wave Farm Radio encompasses many radio streams available atwavefarm.org/listenand theWave Farm Radio App.WGXC 90.7-FM: Radio for Open Earsis a full-power, non-commercial, listener-supported station in New York’s Upper Hudson Valley operating out of studios in Hudson and the Wave Farm Study Center in Acra. Site-specific and interactive installations by artists sonify Wave Farm’s 29-acre property and feature live online audio streams. Wave Farm'sTransmit Partnersprogram is a growing network of like-minded organizations and individuals around the globe.

Grants

Wave Farm in partnership with NYSCA EMF supports electronic media and film organizations, as well as individual artists, in all regions of New York State. For individual artists, theMedia Arts Assistance Fund (MAAF)provides support for the completion, as well as distribution and exhibition, of works in all genres of sound and moving image art, including emergent technology. For organizations, MAAF provides funds to hire outside consultants to support organizational and professional development, as well as supports peer-to-peer mentoring and convening and conference attendance. TheNY Media Arts Mapidentifies art and technology networks, services, and opportunities throughout the State.