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Conference Schedule

Tuesday, May 17

Boston Room of the Boston Public Library

May 17, 6:30 PM Nicco Mele and Theaster Gates present the keynote address for AIC's Connected and Consequential conference.

Friday, June 10 Northeastern University, Egan Center

6:30 - 8:30p.m. "Stories from the Field", with artists and community practitioners Gail Burton, Michael Dowling, Mariama White-Hammond, Andi Sutton, John Osorio-Buck, moderated by Kenneth Bailey

Saturday, June 11 Northeastern University, Egan Center

9:00 a.m. Introductory Remarks and Video, Marie Cieri and Louisa McCall

9:15 a.m. "Art and Healing" Jeremy Nobel

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Case Study: "SUGAR" and Story Circles with artist Robbie McCauley

10:35 - 11:35 a.m. Case Study: Ideas Team with Artistic Director of Artlink, Edinburgh, Alison Stirling, and artists Kelly Dobson, Steve Hollingsworth and Wendy Jacob

11:35 - 12:30 p.m. Open time for networking and drop in at Resource Areas: Collaboration, Resarch, Technology, and Sustainability

12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch, "Negotiating Change with Power" Judy Meredith, Institute for Public Policy

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Case Study: "Crossing the Rubicon: On Contamination, Tragedy and the Possibility of New Cultures" with Dan Borelli, artist, Gavin Kroeber, producer, moderated by Marie Cieri, Artists in Context

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Case Study: "The Story Behind..." with Mario E. Quiroz-Servellon, Franklin Soults, Jose Louis Falconi moderator

3:30 - 5:20 p.m. Wrap-Up with Alicia Anstead

5:20 - 5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Sunday June 12 Design Studio for Social Intervention

10:30 -1:00 Presentation of Conference Findings by Marc Zegans, discussion and networking

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THEASTER GATES, Artist and Cultural Planner

Visual artist and urban planner Theaster Gates is Director of Arts Programming and Lecturer in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago. His creative practice encompasses a broad range of topics including installation, site specificity, appropriation, and master planning as an arts engagement tool.

Using performance and installation, urban planning and design, and the traditional fine arts, Theaster moves between many communities, sharing creative practices and presenting a platform that allows communities to understand how they can successfully sustain themselves. He offers new ways of opening up challenging issues by presenting them as invitations to engage difficult information creatively. Theaster concentrates on cultural development in underserved communities and how relationships between museums and other local cultural institutions can advance cultural activities in various communities.

NICCO MELE, Harvard Kennedy School

Nicco Mele is a leading expert in the integration of social media and Web 2.0 with politics, business and communications.

As webmaster for former Vermont Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential race, Nicco and the campaign team pioneered the use of technology and social media that revolutionized political fundraising and American politics.· Later that year, Nicco founded EchoDitto, a leading internet strategy consulting company.· Through EchoDitto, Nicco continues to consult with Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit groups.

Now an adjunct faculty member at Harvard’s Kennedy School, Nicco teaches graduate level classes about the internet and politics.· He also was named the Spring 2009 Visiting Edward R. Murrow Distinguished Lecturer at the Harvard Shorenstein Center for the study of Press, Politics and Public Policy.

Nicco also co-founded, which used the internet to change the advertising concept by soliciting creative online in an open and collaborative process. He also launched, an online resource for proxy voting and shareholder resolutions.




GAIL BURTON, New Freedwoman Project

Gail grew up in East Harlem NYC and graduated from Radcliffe College, Harvard University. She was trained by and is a member of the facilitation collective, Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory at the Brecht Forum, in NYC; and currently serves as the coordinator of the collective’s multiplication project, TOPLAB New England. She has studied Image, Forum, and Rainbow of Desire theater techniques under the guidance of Marie-Claire Picher, Julian and Augusto Boal; as well as other members of the collective. Burton has been a member of the Medea Project Theater for Incarcerated Women in San Francisco, CA. and coordinator and workshop leader for her New Freedwoman Project, in MA.

In 2007, she received the Black Butterfly Leadership Award in the category of WARRIOR, from Sister Summit and the Boston Black Pride Committee.  She received the Cambridge Peace Award in honor of Muses, her first play, and the community building and organizing activities surrounding the production which celebrated and created positive visibility for LGBTQA communities of African descent in Massachusetts. She is currently on faculty at Emerson College and Roxbury Community College in Boston, MA.

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MICHAEL DOWLING, Medicine Wheel Productions

For over 25 years artist Michael Dowling has been creating award-winning public art which responds to and relates to the natural environment. Much of Dowling's work is located in nature, such as No Man's Land in South Boston historic Dorchester Heights which has transformed an abandoned piece of land into an urban public art park; or Conspire, which sat atop a floating barge in Charlestown. In 1992, he founded Medicine Wheel Productions (MWP) and is the artistic director of this artist lead nonprofit organization. MWP’s mission is to enable individuals to access the hidden world through art. The organization invites people to gain awareness of themselves in their communities by participating in the creation of enduring, site specific public art projects in which they explore and share issues unique to their individual and collective experiences. Two key threads of Dowling’s art practice and the work created by Medicine Wheel Productions projects and programs, are to promote healing and to address grief on individual, collective, and community levels. The annual Medicine Wheel Installation for World AIDS Day at the Boston Center for the Arts Cycloramma and the Tonnes Project in Ireland which is connecting the residents of the area along the Foyle River on both sides of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, are some of the many examples of Michael and MWP’s important and needed work. MWP productions and Michael Dowling are both based in South Boston, Massachusetts.

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John Osorio-Buck graduated from the University of California at Davis and has received degrees from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Located in Boston, Osorio-Buck has exhibited work throughout New England and served as an Artist in Residence in Millay Colony, Jentel and the Berwick Research Institute. He has been featured in the Boston Globe on many occasions as well as Sculpture Magazine and Light Magazine. Most recently, Osorio-Buck received the MIT Council for the Arts Director’s Grant. His work has integrated him into the city of Boston in pursuit of a greater understanding of living space.

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MARIAMA WHITE-HAMMOND, Executive Director, Project HIP-HOP (Highways Into the Past - History, Organizing and Power)

Mariama White-Hammond was born and raised in Boston, MA. She got involved with Project HIP-HOP in high school and stayed connected with the organization as a board member until she became the Executive Director in 2001. As a poet, singer, former dancer and amateur hip hop historian, Mariama is dedicated to developing the pedagogy and practice of cultural organizing. She is particularly committed to equipping young people to become committed, informed and strategic cultural agents. For her work at Project HIP-HOP, she received the 2004 Roxbury Founder's Day Award and along with youth at PHH received the 2005 Boston Celtics "Heroes Among Us" Award. Mariama is also involved with a number of other organizations in Boston including the SE/LR Youthworkers Alliance, FOCUS and at her church Bethel AME.

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ANDI SUTTON, The National Bitter Melon Council, Platform2: Art and Social Engagement

Andi Sutton is an artist whose practice explores the ways that performance art methodology can create new models for community building and social engagement. Working in a solo and collective context, her projects take the form of media and street intervention, social practice, video, and performance art. Her works have been shown internationally at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (Los Angeles), The Western Front, (Vancouver), the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), the Yogyajarta New Media Art Laboratory (Yogyajarta), the University of Chicago (Chicago), Universidad Nacional (Bogota), the Anthology Film Archives (New York), the Mills Gallery (Boston), among others. An avid collaborator, she produces work in the collectives The National Bitter Melon Council and Platform2: Art and Social Engagement, and creates additional solo and collaborative projects with poets, media activists, artists, farmers, and more. She is the winner of the MFA Traveling Scholars Award (2010) and, along with the National Bitter Melon Council, the Artadia Art Award (2007) and currently works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the Program Coordinator for the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies.

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KENNETH BAILEY, Design Studio for Social Intervention, Moderator

Kenneth started his activism in the early eighties as a teenager, working in his neighborhood for tenants’ rights and decent housing, targeting the St. Louis Housing Authority. He went on to work for COOL, a national campus-based student organizing program, and then moved to Boston where he worked for the Ten Point Coalition, Interaction Institute for Social Change, and Third Sector New England, as well as being on the Board for Resource Generation. Most recently he has been a trainer and a consultant, primarily on issues of organizational development and community building. He first realized the need for a more “designerly” approach to community work while developing parts of the Boston Community Building Curriculum for The Boston Foundation. This workshop asked community activists and residents to think about creative ways to work with their community assets – existing social relationships, individual’s gifts and skills, and untapped local resources. Many community residents remained locked in conventional nonprofit approaches to working with community assets. They weren’t obliged to, they just knew no other way. He realized then that activists needed new tools to redesign approaches for community change, which led him to build a design studio for social activism.

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JEREMY NOBEL, “Art and Healing” and Moderator, SUGAR and The Story Circle

As a practicing general internist, Dr Nobel has delivered preventive, acute and rehabilitative care. Currently, through his faculty appointment at the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Nobel’s teaching, research, and community based projects address the design of healthcare delivery systems that improve quality, cost-effectiveness and access. A published poet, Dr. Nobel has received several awards for his poetry including the Bain-Swiggett Prize from Princeton University, and the American Academy of Poets Prize from the University of Pennsylvania. An avid arts supporter, he has served on the board of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company of New York City, the Board of Overseers of the DeCordova Art Museum in Lincoln, MA, and is a member of the Board of Overseers for the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA, and the Institute for Contemporary Art Director’s Circle in Boston, MA. Dr Nobel is also the founder and President of the Foundation for Art and Healing, a foundation dedicated to exploring the important relationship between creative engagement and the healing process and bringing the benefits of that engagement to individuals and communities.

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Robbie McCauley is a theater artist and educator, and recipient of a Bessie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance and an OBIE Award for her play, Sally's Rape. She is widely anthologized including Extreme Exposure and Moon Marked and Touched by Sun by Jo Bonney and Sydne Mahone, respectively. Based on her personal story of living with diabetes, her recent performance piece, SUGAR, has been presented in progress at several venues including The Ohio State University and University of Texas, Austin.  SUGAR is scheduled to open at The Paramount in Boston next January.  Professor McCauley teaches in the Department of Performing Arts at Emerson College.


KATHRYN COLBY, Story Circle Participant

A diabetic since she was in her twenties, Kathryn Colby participated in the AIC diabetic story circles held once a month from November 2010 through May 2011 at Hearth’s Ruggles Affordable Assisted Living Community for formerly homeless elders in Dudley Square. A lifelong resident of Boston (mostly Roxbury), she studied human services at Bunker Hill Community College and UMass Boston and held many jobs in the city as a house and office cleaner, mill worker, cashier, waitress and hospital worker to support her eight children. She left her last job in 2003 because of health issues and currently lives at Hearth’s Ruggles facility. She now has 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and reports that more are on the way.



Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Dietitian

Sharon D. Jackson is a Research Project Manager and Certified Diabetes Educator at the Joslin Diabetes Center. In addition, she serves as a Certified Diabetes Educator at Mattapan Community Health Center. In her five years at Mattapan Community Health Center as a member of the Diabetes WeCare team, Sharon Jackson has conducted local diabetes education classes and screenings, directed group medical visits for diabetes patients, and counseled clients. In being a part of the Diabetes WeCare team at Mattapan Community Health Center, Sharon has found a way to combine community work and service with diabetes research. Ms. Jackson also spearheaded the efforts to have Mattapan Community Health Center recognized as a ADA Program of Recognition – a standard of diabetes excellence awarded by the American Diabetes Association.

Previously, Ms. Jackson worked as a lifestyle interventionist in the Women's Health Initiative and as a registered dietitian in the Nutrition Consultation Services at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. She has served as a nutrition manager at the Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center and WIC nutritionist at Mattapan Community Health Center. Sharon has also served as the Nutrition Section Editor for the Journal "Current Diabetes Reports."

Ms. Sharon Jackson has provided a range of professional lectures in Nutrition and Diabetes in various locations. She is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators; American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association. Ms. Jackson is board certified by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators; she has received many honors and recognitions for her work.





Kelly Dobson works in the realms of art, design, engineering, psychology and society, exploring the relationships between people and machines. She received a Master of Science degree from MIT’s Visual Studies Program and a PhD from the MIT Media Lab. She is currently Associate Professor and Department Head of Digital + Media at Rhode Island School of Design.

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Steve is an artist based in Glasgow working in sculpture and installation including light, sound, and digital video. He has taught at Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee; Grays School of Art, Aberdeen; and the University of Northumbria, Newcastle. Hollingsworth has worked as an artist with Artlink Edinburgh for six years.

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Wendy Jacob’s work includes sculpture and installation that explores the relationships between architecture and bodily experience. Various recent projects have involved scientists, architects, engineers, and working with deaf and autistic individuals. Jacob is currently a research associate in the Program in Art, Culture and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Alison is the Artistic Director at Artlink Edinburgh. For the past five years she has focused on the development of The Ideas Team, an experimental project placing individuals with learning disabilities at the center of teams of specialists to reinvigorate their environments. Stirling was part of Cooperations, an artist collective in Luxembourg focused on collaborative practice between artists and people with developmental disabilities.

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LUNCH KEYNOTE:Negotiating With Power




Judy Meredith is the founder and executive director of the Public Policy Institute. A veteran lobbyist, Judy has worked for more than thirty years creating change through legislative advocacy.

Judy’s lobbying experience began in 1969 when she became a volunteer lobbyist for her adoptive and foster parent group. After ten years of working as an advocate inside and outside of state government, she founded Meredith and Hall, a political consulting firm known for its work with nonprofits.

Over the years, Judy’s lobbying work evolved into a coaching model in which she guides clients through the process of developing their internal capacity for advocacy by mentoring staff, building leadership skills of volunteer, and helping to broker constructive and positive working partnerships with policy makers.

In addition to her work in Massachusetts and New England, Judy has served as a national consultant to the Service Employees International Union, the AFL-CIO, the Public Affairs Division of the United way of America, the ACCESS Project, the Community Health Leader Program, and Community Catalyst.

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CROSSING THE RUBICON: On Contamination, Tragedy and the Possibility of New Cultures




Dan Borelli is a visual artist and exhibit designer and his creative practice focuses on the interdependent qualities of color, light, and space. Over the course of his 15 years of experience, Dan has been involved with numerous exhibitions whose subject matter, venues, and participants have ranged from the local to the global such as The Divine Comedy; Olafur Eliasson, Tomas Saraceno, and Ai Weiwei (2011), Utopia Across Scales: The Work of Kenzo Tange (2009), Organic Geometries: The Public Art of Phillip Smith (2008).  Dan has managed exhibitions at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design since 2000, and named their Director in 2009. In addition to his work at Harvard, Dan is a member of the Board of Directors at the Design Museum Boston and a member of the Project on Spatial Sciences. Dan has exhibited his visual art in the US, Italy, and Sweden and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Born and raised in Ashland, Dan currently resides in Framingham Massachusetts.



Gavin Kroeber’s work as producer encompasses the full spectrum of visual and performing arts as well as social, culinary, touristic and other cultural projects outside of traditional arts disciplines. Kroeber was Producer at Creative Time from 2005 until 2010, where he was instrumental in the realization of several major programs, including Paul Chan’s Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007), Jeremy Deller’s It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq (2009), and Paul Ramírez Jonas’ Key to the City (2010). He is the co-founder of several social projects, among them Boston’s Experience Economies (ongoing), an event-based art platform, and New York’s Umami (People + Food) (2006-10), a volunteer-driven food and conversation series. Originally trained as a stage designer, Kroeber was a co-founder of both the Oakland-based events collaborative Idiot Machine (2001 - 2004) and Portland, OR’s award-winning Constant Theater (1998 - 2000). Kroeber is currently a Masters candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a recipient of the 2011 Harvard GSD Community Service Fellowship for work to be undertaken with the Queens Museum of Art. Projects in development in the Boston area include an interdisciplinary salon based at Harvard and consultancy for the 2012 deCordova Biennial's public art program.


MARIE CIERI, Moderator

Marie Cieri is Co-Director of Artists in Context (AIC); a Critic in Graduate Studies at Rhode Island School of Design and works as a consultant in geography, mapmaking and the arts. Before returning to Cambridge in January 2009, Cieri was an assistant professor of social geography and critical cartography (2004 – 2008) at The Ohio State University in Columbus. In her work, she often combines geographic techniques and perspectives with ones drawn from the arts and popular culture to create alternative representations of space and place from the perspective of populations who generally have little access to the tools and forums of the public sphere. Before receiving her Ph.D. in Geography in 2004, she had a diverse career as an arts producer, curator, consultant and writer based in the Boston area. She was the founder and from 1987-present has been director of The Arts Company, a non-profit organization in Cambridge that collaborates with contemporary artists on the production, presentation and touring of new work in a variety of art forms (and also is the non-profit umbrella for Artists in Context). Her freelance work has included long-term cultural projects for The Rockefeller Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Kitchen in New York City. She also has held professional positions at Walker Art Center, the New England Foundation for the Arts and two daily newspapers. Among her publications is the book Activists Speak Out: Reflections on the Pursuit of Change in America (2000, Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press), which contains profiles of activists working in a variety of fields, including the arts.



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Mario Ernesto Quiroz Servellon was born in San Salvador in 1974. Mario’s upbringing was heavily shield from the political and social turmoil of El Salvador’s 12 years of civil war.

In 2001, he travel to Mexico as a “camera assistant”, and it is on this trip that he decisively switch his interest from video to photography. For the next four years, he built his first portfolio on Central America. In September 2005, Mario moved to Washington, DC, and in November of the same year, his work was part of “Breaking Borders” an exhibition of Salvadorian photographers at the Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States.

In 2006, Mario was hired to produce a photo essay about Intipucá, the Salvadorian flagship town on immigration. In 2007 he produced another essay about the influences of remittances in three Salvadorian families. In partnership with CASA de Maryland, and thanks to a grant from the Ford Foundation, Mario spends 2008 and 2009 photographing everyday life of immigrants in DC/ MD/ VA. He also photographed Latinos participation on the 2008 electoral campaign. In 2010, Mario organized a Kickstarter campaign to produce the photo essay “Arizona and the End of Five Centuries of Immigration”. The same year, he was hired by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division to produce a National Endowment for the Arts funded project about Mongolians in Arlington, VA.

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Franklin Soults is Communications Director at Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) and also an adult education teacher at the Boston Public Schools. Franklin has served as an adjunct faculty member at Quincy College,has been a freelance writer at Phoenix Media/Communications Group, Stuff @ Night Magazine and WFNX Radio Network. He was a music editor at Cleveland Free Times.

Franklin was educated at the University of Chicago and the Columbia School of Journalism.

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Jose Luis Falconi, moderator, coordinates the Center's Latino Art Forum is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard. He has worked as a freelance journalist, editor, and film producer and as the Assistance Coordinator for the World Access Service Corporation in Richmond, VA. Jose Luis is a graduate of the Pontificia Universidad Catalica in Lima, Peru, and the College of William and Mary, where he earned a B.A. in English Literature in 1997.





ALICIA ANSTEAD, Arts Journalist

Alicia Anstead is an arts and culture reporter, editor, consultant and educator. She has also written about politics, health, education, the environment and, in 2003, reported from Iraq. Her work focuses on producing effective and lively storytelling across platforms and building bridges between artists and audiences.

As editor-in-chief of the national magazine Inside Arts, published by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in Washington, DC, Alicia works with some of the top journalists in the country. In addition to writing and editing, she has led strategic planning retreats for board members, facilitated town-hall discussions, adjudicated fellowship programs, co-produced programming at conferences and hosted onstage conversations with world-class artists and cultural leaders.

During the academic year, Alicia teaches journalism at Harvard Extension School, oversees the Harvard Arts Beat blog for the Office for the Arts and is the voice of Harvard arts on Twitter. An award-winning writer, Alicia was the inaugural Arts and Culture Fellow at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism, and is also a National Arts Journalism fellow with the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and the National Endowment for the Arts Cultural Editor Program at Duke University.

Alicia earned her undergraduate degree in literature and secondary education at American University in Washington, DC, and a master’s degree in English at the University of Maine at Orono.




MARIANNE HUGHES: Collaboration

Marianne Hughes is the Executive Director of the Interaction Institute for Social Change where she combines her social policy expertise, organizing skills, devotion to social justice, and deep faith in the human capacity for goodness to furthering IISC’s mission. Marianne’s professional commitment to social change began in 1966, during an early life-directing experience as one of the original VISTA Volunteers. She followed this with years of anti-war, disarmament, and low-income grassroots organizing. From these experiences, a spiritual and political direction emerged and her work has followed. In 1993, Marianne was hired by Interaction Associates to launch the Interaction Institute for Social Change as a nonprofit partner organization to work in the social and public sectors as well as local communities. Since that time, she has taken IISC from its start-up phase and a staff of two to an organization with offices in Boston and Belfast and fifty staff and affiliates, serving hundreds of clients annually across the country and world. In addition to network building, consulting, facilitating, and training, Marianne builds strategic alliances and fosters connections among social change agents and organizations, and leads the development of new products and initiatives as well as organizational thinking and learning about innovative ways to create high impact social change.

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JORDAN TYNES: Technology

In representing the technology skill area, Jordan Tynes will be discussing concepts, resources, and materials that are associated with and in contribution to the “Open Source” movement. His presentation will compare and contrast the innovative development of Open Source technologies to the traditional, profit-driven invention of less-malleable softwares. Tynes’ goal is to introduce the generous amounts of efficiency and responsiveness that creative users can expect from the numerous communities surrounding Open Source technologies. This type of user-driven development makes ever-easier the integration of technology with a multitude of creative practices and, thus, increases visibility through seamless dissemination of information generated by these practices. To make this vast subject a bit more tangible, Tynes have compiled an introductory pamphlet that directs its reader to specific resources, communities, and Open Source programs that are commonly employed by creative practitioners.

Jordan Tynes is an artist, cultural commentator, and activist pursuing a context-specific, “moment-to-moment” practice. While he is known for his videos and performances, he is determined to be unlimited in his explorations across medium and genre. Currently, Jordan has been deploying his own radio station as a platform to explore his favorite method of art production: the conversation. His work has been exhibited at locations internationally, such as California, New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, Nevada, Spain, and Austria. Jordan recently co-curated a colloquium at the Museum of Fine Arts, entitled From Appropriation to Infiltration: Methods for Accessing the Public Through Tactical Media. He currently works towards receiving his MFA at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts, the institution at which he is also employed.



Kristin Fowler started her career working in a contemporary art gallery in SoHo, then moved into the book publishing industry and ultimately found her way to librarianship. After attending the Simmons College GSLIS program, she received her M.L.S. in 2005 and then worked for several years at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Kristin's passion is research, and she currently works for a local financial institution as a research analyst. She holds a B.A. from Wheaton College (MA.) in English Literature with a minor in Art History. She also holds an M.L.S. from Simmons College in Boston. She is currently working towards a degree in competitive intelligence.



Marie Cieri holds degrees in geography (Ph.D., Rutgers University); art history (M.A., University of Southern California); and journalism and art (B.A., Rutgers University, double major) and has taught courses in geography and related fields at Rutgers, Cooper Union, The Ohio State University and (currently) Rhode Island School of Design. In her own work, she employs both qualitative and quantitative research methods and frequently offers courses providing instruction in these. Emphasis is placed on hybrid practices as well as overarching themes that are important to consider when undertaking research and representational endeavors, including positionality, power and ethics. Demonstration of this type of reflexive research practice can be found in many of Cieri’s publications, including a book chapter on participatory action theater she co-authored with artist Robbie McCauley for Participatory Action Research Approaches and Methods: Connecting People, Participation and Place (Routledge, 2007).


LIORA BEER: Sustainability

Liora Beer is a visual artist, social entrepreneur and the founding Executive Director of ARTmorpheus, a nonprofit organization that drives collaboration and communication among business, community and the arts. ARTmorpheus engages and involves artists of all kinds in the economic life of the region and fosters conditions in which artists can thrive both creatively and economically. ARTmorpheus fulfills its mission by serving as a clearinghouse for a wide range of resources, providing direct support to artists in all disciplines and acting a hub for creative alliances and enterprise development between artists, institutions and art appreciators.

Beer is currently developing a flexible model for hybrid-practice/creative venture sustainability centered on the resources, key areas of competency and knowledge necessary for achieving successful outcomes.

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Louisa McCall: Sustainability

Co-Director. Louisa was Program Director at the LEF Foundation from 2000 -2008, where she oversaw the investment of $4.3 million in 420 artist and organizational projects and created special strategic initiatives for independent film production, artist support systems, and public art, architecture and design. Prior to joining LEF, Louisa organized a national conference for The Institute for Art and Civil Dialogue at Harvard University, in collaboration with Anna Deavere Smith, the W.E.B. DuBois Institute and the American Repertory Theater. In her many freelance projects, Louisa has focused on strategic consulting and institutional advancement. In 2006, she developed a vision and produced a strategic plan for the City of Boston Public Art Commission. Louisa has been involved at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston as a member of the Board of Directors and as a strategic consultant for public programs and special artistic initiatives.


Marc Zegans

Marc has worked as an advisor to artists, writers, and creatively driven
businesses, public organizations, foundations and international donor
organizations since 1990. Clients have included the World Bank, the Ford,
Rockefeller, Ewing Marion Kauffman and James Irvine Foundations, the
Carnegie Corporation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, From the Top, GrantCraft,
The Actor's Shakespeare Project, Opera Boston, The Port Authority of New
York and New Jersey, The Ariel Group, XVIVO, Rialto Arts, Philistine
Records, the Social Innovation Forum, Theater Offensive, Chelsea Pictures
and a variety of prominent artists, writers, actors, musicians and
directors. Marc has also advised the George H.W. Bush and Clinton
Administrations on fostering innovation in the public sphere, and managed
the City of Boston's goals program, integrating strategic planning with the
city's first program-based budgets.

Marc served as Executive Director and Research Director of the Innovations in American Government Program, a joint venture of the Ford Foundation and Harvard University from 1988 through 1995. Marc is a produced playwright, a published poet, a 2004 writer in residence at Mesa Refuge, Point Reyes California, and a 2005 Fellow at Harvard University's Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Marc is presently completing a book entitled The Essential Work of Public Management. He has a bachelor's degree from Haverford College, and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School. His play, Mum and Shah, was a Boston Globe Pick of the Week. His spoken word album, Night Work, was released in August 2007 by Philistine Records, and Pillow Talk a book of poems with graphite drawings by Gabrielle Senza was released in February 2008. His second album, Marker and Parker, with legendary Jazz Pianist Don Parker, appeared in January 2010 on Tiny Mind Records, and his chapbook, "Devil Blues and Other Songs", will be released by Poetry Brothel Press in 2011. His poems most recently appeared in Wick and are forthcoming in Caper.

Marc serves on the board of the Red Collaborative, a not-for-profit arts organization that raises awareness about issues of abuse through community-based arts workshops and exhibitions. He sits on the steering committee of ARTMORPHEUS, a Boston based arts service organization. Marc also sits on the board of Camp Hi-Rock, a storied YMCA summer camp, nestled on one thousand Nature Conservancy acres bordering the Appalachian Trail.