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Project& Founding Board of Directors

Project&’s Founding Board members possess extensive leadership experiences and a commitment to using culture as a tool for social change. The Board is comprised of representatives from the public and private sectors, who are distinguished leaders in a variety of fields including media production, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, philanthropy, arts and culture, community and youth development and education, equity, innovative business practices, design, and marketing.

Board Chair: Sonny Garg

Chief Information & Innovation Officer and Senior Vice President, Exelon
Sunil (Sonny) Garg oversees all aspects of information technology for Exelon Corporation, the leading U.S. competitive energy provider, and for its operating companies. In this role, he is responsible for transforming Exelon’s 1,300-employee IT department by modernizing IT infrastructure, rationalizing applications, investing in high-value technologies, and developing an IT employee training academy and technical career paths. He also is charged with delivering substantial synergy savings from the integration of Exelon’s and Constellation’s IT systems and departments following the companies’ 2012 merger.

For more than 20 years, Garg has held leadership roles in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. He has spent the past decade integrating and restructuring departments and divisions across Exelon to create sustainable, high-performing environments that deliver outstanding financial and operational results and enhance employee engagement and commitment.

From 2010 to 2012, Garg served as president of Exelon Power, where he oversaw the safe retirement of 1,000 megawatts of coal-fired generation, integrated a $1 billion wind company acquisition and grew the fleet by 50 percent. Prior to that, as senior vice president for human resources at Exelon, he modernized the HR department and improved productivity by 30 percent. As vice president of finance, Garg designed and executed Exelon’s $350 million cost management initiative in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse. Garg previously served as vice president of commercial operations, where he improved the company’s operational and financial performance while increasing employee engagement scores. Garg joined Exelon in 2002 as director of supply business operations, a role in which he centralized and consolidated Exelon’s supply chains, saving $120 million.

Prior to Exelon, Garg served as an assistant to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. As a White House Fellow appointed by President Bill Clinton, Garg served as senior advisor to the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. He also was an associate with The Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, where he conducted fieldwork on Chicago’s South Side and authored numerous reports on youth and community development in inner-city neighborhoods.

Garg is a Henry Crown Leadership Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He also serves on the boards of the University of Chicago’s Booth School’s Social Enterprise Initiative, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Interfaith Youth Core, the Clean Energy Trust and Upaya Social Ventures, and is vice chair of the Chapin Hall board of directors. In addition, Garg co-chairs Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago NEXT Committee on Clean Tech, serves on Mayor Emanuel’s Green Ribbon Committee and co-chairs the Chicago regional panel for the White House Fellows program.

Garg earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Chicago, a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Garg lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

Vice Chair: Gigi Pritzker Pucker

CEO, OddLot Entertainment
Gigi Pritzker is an accomplished film and stage producer, businesswoman, and an active philanthropist, who serves as co-founder and CEO of film production and financing company OddLot Entertainment. Through OddLot Entertainment, which she founded in 2001, Pritzker has teamed with leading filmmakers to produce a range of high-quality, often literary-based motion pictures, such as 2010’s Academy Award®-nominated adult drama RABBIT HOLE, 2013’s critically acclaimed comedy hit THE WAY, WAY BACK starring Steve Carell, and the film adaptation of the futuristic sci-fi novel ENDER’S GAME. Upcoming projects include filmmaker Ivan Reitman’s NFL-themed dramatic comedy DRAFT DAY; MORTDECAI starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn and Paul Bettany; and Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, ROSEWATER. Pritzker has a number of projects in development in both television and feature films including the definitive Albert Einstein biopic EINSTEIN. Pritzker has actively worked to strategically expand OddLot Entertainment’s footprint in the global motion picture business, partnering with Nick Meyer in 2011 to create the foreign sales company Sierra/Affinity, staking a position in video-on-demand distribution through a partnership with Cinetic Rights Management, and teaming with acclaimed filmmaker Robert Rodriguez to create a new production company, Quick Draw Productions.

Pritzker is equally active in the realm of live theater. After owning and operating Los Angeles’ Coronet Theatre for a decade, she developed and produced the Tony Award-
winning musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET with her longtime stage partner, Ted Rawlins, through her company Relevant Theatricals. Currently in its third smash year of touring, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET – based on the legendary 1956 jam session featuring Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash – is also playing
at Harrah’s in Las Vegas and is in its sixth year on stage in Chicago, making it the longest running Broadway musical in Chicago history. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET will expand into China with a six city tour beginning in 2015. Relevant Theatricals also opened SNAPSHOTS with Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Wicked, Godspell) at the Goodspeed Opera House in the fall of 2013 and opens CUMBERLAND BLUES, a new musical featuring music from Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, in Seattle during the Winter of 2014.

Pritzker’s active philanthropy roles include the Chicago Children’s Museum (Past Chair), Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, Cure Violence (National Advisory Board), Project& (Founder & Vice Chair), and the Goodman Theatre of Chicago (Board Member). She was also selected as Participant in the U.S. Department of Defense’s 2011 Joint Civilian Orientation Conference.

Pritzker studied anthropology at Stanford University. Living in Nepal for a year as an undergraduate student led her to producing her first documentary feature in Bhutan with the BBC and kick-started her long and successful career in the motion-picture business.

Motion pictures produced through Odd Lot Entertainment include Mortdecai, Ender’s Game, Draft Day, Rosewater, The Way, Way Back, Drive, From Prada to Nada, Rabbit Hole, The Open Road, Suburban Girl,Green Street Hooligans, and Green Street Hooligans 2: Stand Your Ground.

Live Stage productions developed through Relevant Theatricals include Million Dollar Quartet, Cumberland Blues, The Great Gatsby, Snapshots, Symmetry, and Kiss at City Hall.

Vice Chair: D’Rita Robinson

CEO & Founder, Chatty Guest
With a fearless approach to change, D’Rita Robinson embraces the unknown and has evolved from chemist to social impact entrepreneur.

Today, she is the CEO of Chatty Guest, a social empowerment platform that utilizes technology for global collaborations and dialogue.

She envisioned a solution to the “noise” on social media platforms. She wanted a way for small, high-engagement purposeful discussions to take place without the common fears and concerns associated with sharing ideas on “broadcasting” social media networks. In that moment, Robinson’s background in science and creativity intersected and Chatty Guest was born.

Robinson understands the power of technology and its global impact. She is dedicated to using technology to inspire and make impactful change in the world. She believes technology has given a voice to underrepresented groups.

As a former Chemist for corporations like Baxter Health Care, early on in her career she recognized how her presence as a minority and woman in the lab was breaking down barriers and stereotypes of what it looked like to be a scientist. This experience continues to drive her passion to change the narrative of what it means and looks like to be an African American woman in science and technology.

Robinson is dedicated to organizations in line with her mission and values. Currently, she is a board member on Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation, a prominent breast cancer research and education organization. The foundation supports breast cancer research and also initiatives that focus on addressing the breast cancer disparities for Chicago’s low-income, medically under served women of color.

As a first-generation college student at Spelman College, an eminent Historically Black College, she understands the importance and value of education organizations that focus on diverse students. Motivated by her own personal experiences as a highly, ambitious student that lacked the guidance and resources of some of her peers, Robinson’s background lead her to serve on the boards of education organizations like High Jump and Providence St. Mel Charter School. Both organizations have a mission to serve, motivate and change the lives of future generations in diverse communities.

Even without a network of mentors, she successfully navigated her education and eventually her career. However, she realizes not everyone gets so lucky. This realization drives her to make an impactful difference in the lives of underrepresented groups and the narrative around these groups.

Secretary: Dana Arnett

CEO and Founding Partner, VSA Partners
Dana Arnett is a founding Principal and CEO of the internationally recognized firm of VSA Partners, headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Minneapolis, Detroit and New York City. Arnett, along with his partners, leads a group of 250 associates in the creation of design programs, digital and interactive initiatives and brand marketing solutions for a diverse roster of clients, including: Harley-Davidson, IBM, General Electric, Coca-Cola, Thomson Reuters and Nike.

Over the course of his 28 years in the field, Dana and the firm have been globally recognized by over 60 competitions and designations including; Communication Arts, AIGA (Dana is a 2014 recipient of the AIGA Medal), Graphis, The Type Directors Club, the American and British Art Directors Clubs, ID, The LA Film Festival, theAR100 and the American Marketing Association. Arnett was a 1999 inductee into the Alliance Graphique Internationale, and holds the honor of being named to the ID40 — who has cited him as one of the 40 most important people shaping design internationally. Arnett is a former member of the AIGA National Board of Directors and he currently serves as a board member of the Architecture and Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago, and The Chicago Children’s Theater. In addition to industry work, Dana is also active as an advisor and member of the business development and venture capital group, Cueball Collective, who help fund and incubate consumer and socially driven ventures.

Sunny Fischer

Chair of the Board, National Public Housing Museum
Sunny Fischer is the Chair of the Board of the National Public Housing Museum. From 1992 – 2013, she served as the Executive Director of The Richard Driehaus Foundation. Previously, she was Executive Director of The Sophia Fund, one of the first private women’s foundations in the country, and is a co-founder of The Chicago Foundation for Women. She has consulted for numerous other foundations including The Chicago Community Trust. At The Joyce Foundation, she developed two funding programs: to raise immunization rates in Chicago’s neighborhoods and to help more immigrants through the naturalization process. From 1997-1999, she directed the City of Chicago/Cook County Welfare Reform Task Force.

Numerous organizations have honored her for her work in philanthropy, anti-violence activism, and anti-poverty efforts, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Professional Grantor Award), the Women’s Funding Network, and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, which gave her its “Point of Lightning” award. She also received the Perlman Humanitarian Award from Jewish Women International, the “Champion of the Public Interest” award from Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, Keeper of the Vision award from the National Public Housing Museum, The Gale Cincotta Community Leadership Award from the Neighborhood Housing Services, the Impact Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women, and Young Women’s Leadership Charter School. Recently, she was the subject of the “Remarkable Woman” column in the July 8, 2012 edition of the Chicago Tribune.

Born in New York City, Sunny received her B.A. in English from Hunter College of the City University of New York. Her Masters degree is from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Services Administration. Among her volunteer commitments are serving on the Boards of the National Public Housing Museum, Futures Without Violence, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, and Project&. She also serves on the Visiting Committee for the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and was a past board member of the Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in Arts and Media. She is married to Dr. Paul Fischer, an emeritus professor of Political Science. They have two children, Max, a lawyer, and Nina, a social policy researcher, and four grandchildren.

Priscilla Kersten

President, Square One Foundation
Priscilla Kersten is President of the Square One Foundation, a private family foundation active in civic, educational, and social justice issues. Ms. Kersten is chair of the board of High Jump–an organization serving academically talented middle school students of limited economic resources. She is also on the steering committee of the Women’s Board of The University of Chicago, a co-chair of the Women’s Board Partner’s Committee of the Urban Education Institute, a member of the University of Chicago Charter School Board, the board of the Chicago Children’s Choir, and a member of the board of Project&. Ms. Kersten has a BA from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Management from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. Priscilla and her husband, Steven, have three children: Sam, Ben, and Allie.

Barbara Manilow

Board Chair, Crown Family Philanthropies
Barbara Goodman Manilow has worked with, and supported arts education since becoming a teacher and seeing first-hand how children learn and experience the world through the arts. Since that time she’s served on the boards of organizations doing innovative work to bring the arts into classrooms and provide exposure to the arts for children in underserved communities.

Currently, Barbara is Chairman of the Board of Crown Family Philanthropies (CFP) in Chicago. As chair, Barbara oversees the governance and collaborative engagement of her extended family’s focus on education, arts and culture, human needs, regional and national climate and waterway conservation, social service and educational projects in the Jewish community, and investment in poverty, medical and education work in Israel.

Barbara is personally dedicated to human needs and social justice issues with a focus on connections between human services and the arts. She is an actively engaged supporter of organizations that bring opportunities and attention to at-risk communities. From its inception, Barbara has been investing time and resources in the development of Project&, as a new arts entity based in the US designed to raise awareness of social justice issues through arts fellowships, exhibits, engaged productions and performances. Project& focuses on cultural production with social impact addressing issues that include, economic and social equity, race and gender, LGBT rights, participation and response to violence.

Her travels take her to remote villages in Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi visiting clinics that work with women caught in conflict and to the Middle East on learning tours involving brain science and post-traumatic stress disorders, as well as cross border water management.

Barbara serves as a founding member and director of the Covenant Foundation, an organization awarding excellence and innovation in Jewish education with an emphasis on education through the arts, The Chicago Children’s Museum, and is a lifetime board member of the Francis W. Parker School. She is a former board member of Marwen, an agency that educates and inspires underserved young people through the visual arts and she is an annual sponsor of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize.

Cat Tiu

Corporate Counsel, VSA Partners
Armed with a BFA, a JD, and a determination to use both sides of her brain, Cat has built a career at the intersections of creativity, media and business. After several years handling legal and business affairs as an attorney for The Oprah Winfrey Show and OWN, she shifted into the advertising world and is now corporate counsel for VSA Partners, Inc., a design-centric branding and marketing firm with offices in Chicago, Detroit and NYC. At VSA, she handles a range of corporate, intellectual property, advertising, employment, and compliance matters, and helps key stakeholders and creatives from all disciplines navigate various legal issues.

Passionate about empowering others, supporting the creative community, and giving back, Cat is an adjunct professor at Columbia College and serves on the Chicago Artists Coalition board, Lawyers for the Creative Arts associate board, and DanceWorks Chicago mentorship council.

Currently, she is collaborating with comedy writer Matt Greiner to produce a web-based video series geared towards creatives and the business and legal issues they face. She is also co-founder and co-leader of Daisy Girl Scout Troop #25212, striving to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

While in law school, Cat founded Donate-a-Day and the Pro-Bono and Community Service Initiative, now permanent programs of the Center for Public Interest Law at Depaul University. Cat created both programs to connect law students with rewarding service opportunities. By the time she graduated, she helped over 200 law students volunteer over 1,300 hours at local legal aid organizations and nonprofits.

Cat holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a JD from the DePaul University College of Law, and a certificate from Northwestern University in dispute resolution.

Cat lives in Chicago with her two truly stellar daughters who, on a daily basis, inspire her to be more patient, compassionate, authentic, resilient and fearless.

President and Artistic Director: Jane M. Saks

(ex-officio)
Jane M. Saks is a creative collaborator, arts producer, writer and educator who has worked to challenge and champion issues of gender, sexuality, human rights, race and power within the worlds of arts and culture, politics and civil rights, academia and philanthropy.

She is Founding President and Artistic Director of Project& (projectand.org). In collaboration with artists, Project& creates new models of cultural participation and experience with social impact. She works with artists including Lynn Nottage, Claire Chase, Lynsey Addario, Cheryl Pope, Hank Willis Thomas, Yance Ford, and Tania Bruguera. Previously, she was the founding Executive Director at the Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media where she created the award-winning Fellowship program, developing and launching works that went on to win Pulitzer Prizes, MacArthur Genius Awards, Obie Awards and Guggenheims.

She serves on boards including: Cultural Advisory Council for the City of Chicago, LGBT Pride Action Tank, Trustee Nathan Cummings Foundation, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, US South Africa Constitutional Court Artworks and Architecture Committee, Radio Diaries as well as others. She is an invited lecturer at civic, cultural and educational institutions internationally, a visiting critic at Yale University, Regional Judge for the White House Fellows and will be a visiting Professor at Harvard University.

She is a published poet and collaborates with artists including Kerry James Marshall, Jim Hodges, and Inigo Manglano-Ovalle. She has been the Creator, Author, Producer, Co-Producer, Creative Advisor and Series Producer on many original creative works in various media and art forms including “Sweet Tea: Gay Black Men of the South,” “MILKWEED,” “Congo: Women Portraits of War,”(which has traveled internationally to over 25 venues including the United Nations, New York and Geneva, the Nobel Peace Center, Sweden, Yale University, Connecticut and the US Senate as part of the hearings on Darfur and the DRC.), JOMAMA JONES, *RADIATE, the award winning international radio series with Chicago Public Media and NPR, “Gender, Human Rights, and Leadership.”

Recent initiatives include, the creator and curator of “Working in America,” a multi-media initiative (working.org) including a traveling photo exhibition, a week long radio series airing on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition” and online living archive, Your Working Story, inspired by Studs Terkel and his influential book, “Working” (1974), “Truth Booth” in collaboration with Cause Collective, “Just Yell, Poetry as Self-Defense” Youth Response to Violence in partnership with Cheryl Pope, “OUT/Let – The Reading Project,” in collaboration with Lynn Nottage and “PAN” in collaboration with Claire Chase and Marcos Balter.

She has received awards including: Business and Professionals in the Public Interest, “40 Who Have Made a Difference Award,” the Inaugural Impact Award, Chicago Foundation for Women, Visionary Award from Rape Victims Advocates, BeyondMedia Justice Award, the Leppen Leadership Award from About Face Theatre, Pride Index Leadership Award recognizing her work with and support of the African American LGBT communities. She has been a fellow in the International Leadership Program National Arts Strategies, the Pilot Class of Leadership Fellows in the Arts, Stanford University, Leadership Greater Chicago, and an Inductee of the City of Chicago’s LGBT Hall of Fame. She’s a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and attended Rome University.

Some past collaborators/partners:

Saks is a sought-out creative collaborator by artists, scholars, thinkers, social
entrepreneurs, civic and philanthropic leaders, public and private entities, civil society organizations, community based groups, human rights organizations, educational and cultural institutions. Some partnerships include: US Senators Barbara Boxer and Russ Feingold; United Nations and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, US Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Department of Cultural Affairs Special Events City of Chicago, The Clinton Global Initiative, The White House, The Goodman Theatre, Department of Transportation, Department of Public Health, The Congressional Black Caucus, Humanity United, Oak Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Every Mother Counts, National Public Housing Museum, Victory Gardens Theatre, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Black AIDS Institute, South African Constitutional Court, South African Gender Commission, UNFPA, Association of Women in Journalism, Women Deliver, African Women’s Development Fund, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, MOMA, WE-ACTx Rwanda, Signature Theater, Human Rights Watch, Access Living, Northwestern University, Columbia College Chicago, Labyrinth Theater Company, The Kitchen, ENOUGH Project, DuSable Museum of African-American History, Chicago Public Schools, Young Women’s Leadership Charter School, Affinity Community Services, Radio Diaries, Studs Terkel Radio Archives/WFMT, Rape Victim Advocates, Illinois Arts Alliance, WBEZ Chicago Public Media, Arts Club of Chicago, Gender JUST, Council on Global Affairs, Center on Halsted, The Field Museum, ITVS, Amigas Latinas and others.

Awards and Honors:

Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (2005); Women of Valor Award (2008); Business and Professionals in the Public Interest “40 Who Have Made a Difference” Award (2008); Inductee, City of Chicago’s LGBT Hall of Fame (2008); Leppen Leadership Award, About Face Theatre (2009); Impact Award, Chicago Foundation for Women (2010); Visionary Award: Rape Victim Advocates (2010); BeyondMedia Education: Media Justice Award (2010); Changing Worlds Leadership Award (2013); Pride Index Leadership Award In recognition of her partnership with and support of the African American LGBT communities (2013); Fellow, International Leadership Program, National Arts Strategies (2011-2013)

Global Advisory Board

The Global Advisory Board is composed of leaders in public and private fields and platforms, all of whom reflect Project&’s philosophy of social impact on a worldwide scale.

Dawoud Bey
Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow

Michelle T. Boone
Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City of Chicago

Cheryl Lynn Bruce
Award-winning film and theater actor

Kerry James Marshall
MacArthur Fellow and award-winning painter

Frank Mugisha
Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), Uganda

Lynn Nottage
MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright

Justice Albie Sachs
Constitutional Court, South Africa

Stephen Lewis
Co-Founder, AIDS Free World, Canada

Jim Hodges
Award-winning sculptor and installation artist

Project& Staff

President and Artistic Director: Jane M. Saks

Saks is the Founding President and Artistic Director of Project&, a new arts entity focused on cultural production with social impact. She is a cultural alchemist, arts advocate, creative collaborator and producer, as well as a writer and educator. She strives to challenge and champion issues of gender, sexuality, human rights, race and power within the worlds of arts and culture, politics and civil rights, academia and philanthropy.

In 2005, she was appointed the Founding Executive Director of the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media where she served as Executive Director until January 2014. Under her leadership, the Institute offered an innovative approach to merging arts and cultural production with critical theory, research and education– the first and only entity of its kind in the nation. The award-winning Fellowship program she conceived and created garnered international acclaim, launching works that have gone on to win Pulitzer Prizes, MacArthur “Genius” Awards, Obie Awards and Guggenheim Awards.

As a published poet and writer, Saks collaborates with artists including Kerry James
Marshall, Jim Hodges and Inigo Manglano-Ovalle. She has served as the Producer, Co-
Producer, Creative Advisor and Series Producer on many original creative works in various media and art forms including “Sweet Tea: Gay Black Men of the South,” “MILKWEED,” “Congo: Women Portraits of War,”(which has traveled internationally to over 25 venues including the U.N., New York and Geneva, the Nobel Peace Center, Sweden, Yale University, Connecticut, Brussels Parliament and the US Congress and Senate as part of the hearings on Darfur and the DRC.), JOMAMA JONES, *RADIATE, and the award-winning international radio series in partnership with Chicago Public Media and National Public Radio “Gender, Human Rights, Leadership and Media.”

She serves on numerous boards including: Cultural Advisory Council for the City of Chicago, appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Trustee, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Advisory Board, The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA), Board Member, Radio Diaries of National Public Radio, Advisory Member, US Friends South African Constitutional Court Artworks and Architecture Committee, LGBT Leadership Council, and the Programming Committee and Women’s Leadership Committee of the Council on Global Affairs. She serves as a judge on the Chicago regional panel for the White House Fellows program. She is an invited lecturer at civic, cultural and educational institutions internationally (including, the United Nations, School of the Art Institute, The Aspen Museum, New York University, Arts Alliance of Illinois, University of Chicago, Field Museum of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, The New School, Northwestern University, University of Michigan, UNFPA, and the U.S. State Department) and has been a Visiting Critic at Yale University.

She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Rome University.

Some past collaborators/partners:

Saks is a sought-out creative collaborator by artists, scholars, thinkers, social
entrepreneurs, civic and philanthropic leaders, public and private entities, civil society organizations, community based groups, human rights organizations, educational and cultural institutions. Some partnerships include: US Senators Barbara Boxer and Russ Feingold; United Nations and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, US Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Department of Cultural Affairs Special Events City of Chicago, The Clinton Global Initiative, The White House, The Goodman Theatre, Department of Transportation, Department of Public Health, The Congressional Black Caucus, Humanity United, Oak Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Every Mother Counts, National Public Housing Museum, Victory Gardens Theatre, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Black AIDS Institute, South African Constitutional Court, South African Gender Commission, UNFPA, Association of Women in Journalism, Women Deliver, African Women’s Development Fund, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, MOMA, WE-ACTx Rwanda, Signature Theater, Human Rights Watch, Access Living, Northwestern University, Columbia College Chicago, Labyrinth Theater Company, The Kitchen, ENOUGH Project, DuSable Museum of African-American History, Chicago Public Schools, Young Women’s Leadership Charter School, Affinity Community Services, Radio Diaries, Studs Terkel Radio Archives/WFMT, Rape Victim Advocates, Illinois Arts Alliance, WBEZ Chicago Public Media, Arts Club of Chicago, Gender JUST, Council on Global Affairs, Center on Halsted, The Field Museum, ITVS, Amigas Latinas and others.

Awards and Honors:

Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (2005); Women of Valor Award (2008); Business and Professionals in the Public Interest “40 Who Have Made a Difference” Award (2008); Inductee, City of Chicago’s LGBT Hall of Fame (2008); Leppen Leadership Award, About Face Theatre (2009); Impact Award, Chicago Foundation for Women (2010); Visionary Award: Rape Victim Advocates (2010); BeyondMedia Education: Media Justice Award (2010); Changing Worlds Leadership Award (2013); Pride Index Leadership Award In recognition of her partnership with and support of the African American LGBT communities (2013); Fellow, International Leadership Program, National Arts Strategies (2011-2013)

jane@projectand.org

Production Manager: Meredith Mosbacher Pruyn

Meredith Mosbacher Pruyn started her career at Newsweek/Daily Beast’s Women in the World. There, she helped create the Young Women’s Leadership Conference.  Next, she served as Chief Media Officer for TO THE MARKET | Survivor-made Goods, where she penned articles for publications such as The Huffington Post, The Epoch Times, and Enterprising Women.  She then joined the team at Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls to create and implement the Smart Girls Road Show, a in-school program that teaches girls how to use their voices for social change in their communities. She is thrilled to be part of the Project& team and to continue to push the intersections of art, media, and cultural impact.

Mosbacher Pruyn has her MSc in Gender, Media, and Culture from the London School of Economic’s Gender Institute, and a Dual B.A in Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences and Performance Studies from Brown University.

Assistant to the President: Phil Henke

Phil Henke is a jack of all trades. After graduating University of Illinois with a degree in Political Science, he started his professional career working for a Congressional re-election race in the Chicago suburbs. After celebrating a victory, he lent his talents to various private sector, governmental, and non-profit organizations before deciding to head west. After a few years working for the San Francisco tourism industry, Phil returned home to Chicago, and rejoined the world of non-profits. He found Project& through a random twist of fate in September of 2015, and has been honored to help oversee Project&’s transformation into an independent organization. His current primary focus is keeping the plants in the office alive.

Project& Interns

Fall/Winter 2016/17 Interns

Selena Cotte
Selena Cotte is a writer of all mediums studying Poetry at Columbia College Chicago and is set to graduate in Spring 2017. She was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, and moved to Chicago in 2014 to begin her undergraduate studies. She began interning at Project& in the Fall of 2016 and continued work on the soon-to-be national “Working in America” project.

Spring/Summer 2016 Interns

Sarah Saks-Fithian
Born and raised in a family of artists and activists on the North side of Chicago, Sarah Saks-Fithian was exposed to the complexities of human difference and the value of the arts at an early age. Through interning at Project& over the summer of 2016 she is gaining experience in non-profit organizations and a comprehension of the constantly evolving work necessary to launch a successful multidimensional initiative. With Project&’s initiative, “Working in America,” Sarah is receiving a new understanding of the varied definitions of work and its gravity in dictating and exemplifying social and economic hierarchies. After having spent her freshman year at DePaul University, she will be transferring to the University of Michigan in the fall focusing on gender studies and sociology with a commitment to intersectionality. As an aspiring artist herself, Sarah is also learning about the different forms art and cultural production can take and their potential for social justice. Sarah is excited to be a part of Project&’s team this summer to learn from its incredible and inspiring artists, activists, and cultural alchemists.

Summer 2015 Interns

Jessy Pucker
While interning at Project& Jessy has helped with numerous projects, with a focus on Working in America and Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South. From contact lists to foundation research, Jessy has supported all aspects of Project&.

After finishing high school, Jessy took a gap year and lived in Los Angeles where she held two internships; one with Facing History, another non-profit, and the other with a fashion PR company. Jessy will attend Northwestern University in the fall, and hopes to study various topics in the humanities.

Jonny Bronstein
Eccentric, empathetic and highly personable, Jonny began interning at Project& in the summer of 2015, after his first-year at Columbia University. Always interested in people and how they operate between and among themselves, Jonny was born and raised in the North side of Chicago, bearing witness to, and unknowingly participating in, the complex and infamous racial divide that permeates the neighborhoods of Chicago. At Columbia, Jonny continues to study people, and the intersection of their multiple identities, through literature, as is reflected is his unique course of study: he is pursing Philosophy, English, and Ethnicity and Race Studies, hoping to achieve his B.A. by Spring 2018. Jonny is also enthusiastic about art, especially as a force for social justice, as he believes that it has the power to ignite meaningful dialogue in the presence of discomfort.

Opportunities

The Project& Arts Internship in Social Change and Engagement

Project& is a new arts entity focused on cultural production with social impact. We believe that art and culture have the unique ability to address critical issues facing the global community and influences how we understand, respond, challenge and engage. Leveraging innovative participatory models, we collaborate with artists, original voices and partners across multiple fields of expertise and experiences to create, support and amplify work that inspires and drives social impact. We work in all medium and platforms in three program areas: Fellowships, Global Dialogues and Innovative Studios.

Our collaborations often originate as a response to a need, an experience, a political or social upheaval, or a long-standing injustice. Project& then reaches out to artists with a concept and works with them to develop a piece. In other instances, Project& joins an artist at critical moments in their creative process. Project& has multiple creative roles across its initiatives which are shaped by the context and vision of the work and vary from project to project; they include creator, initiator, creative collaborator/partner, producer, distributor and convener.

Project& and our artists have enjoyed tremendous success in the first year, and now we seek to enhance our organization through an exciting new internship program.
We invite application submissions for the Project& Arts Internship in Social Change and Engagement. This program offers an enriching experience for students from all educational disciplines with an expressed interest and commitment to social justice and the arts.

Responsibilities
Research in support of programs and initiatives as assigned; could include individual artists, organizations, issue areas, policy, media coverage, studies, styles, topics, etc.
Accompany President/Artistic Director to meetings, take notes and help prep
File, post and archive all press
Assist in website management
Assist in social media management
Assist in creating video content for Project&’s website, marketing and media partners
Maintain an institutional archive with all project specific materials and promotional materials
Assist with Project& event coordination
General office assistance as needed

Qualifications
Curious and interested in the arts and/or social justice
Ability to think creatively and collaborate with others
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Attention to detail and an ability to ask questions and probe to learn more
Willingness to learn to anticipate and plan ahead
Equal comfort working independently and cooperatively
Understanding of Microsoft Word and willingness to learn Excel, Adobe Suite
Proficiency in video editing and accompanying graphic tools (i.e. Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, etc.) highly desired, but not required
General understanding of website content management systems (WordPress)
Ability to prioritize and meet hard deadlines
Calm, enthusiastic demeanor and a good sense of humor

Required submission materials
500-word essay in response to “What social issues/injustices do you feel are most pressing and in need of addressing? Why? What non-profit, for-profit organizations and individuals could Project& partner with to address this issue? What potential mediums could they use to explore this issue?”
Most-recent college transcript
Resume
Three (3) personal and professional references

Time commitment: 10-20 hours/ week
Location: work from Project& office (220 N. Green St., Chicago) and from home as necessary.

The Project& Arts Internship in Social Change and Engagement offers benefits that include participation in public Project& events, individual mentorship from full-time staff members and the experience of working within a new non-profit organization dedicated to the arts.
As a team-member at a startup, Project& interns must be flexible and enthusiastic in approaching any manner of tasks, and possess the ability to meet tight deadlines. Interns will be responsible for research, social media, and administrative support to full-time staff members. Interns will have access to performance feedback on a regular basis.

Interns receive a stipend or college credit (pending university approval). Internships are for at least one school term.

Please email your application materials to info [at] projectand [dot] org. There is a rolling deadline for applications.