These are some of the many faces behind making CULTURE/SHIFT happen. Stay tuned for more!
Roseann is Director of Artist and Community Initiatives at the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. She is the founder of the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute – an innovative program centered on the principle that art can be an agent for positive social change. Roseann also leads RAC’s artists’ support programs, public art strategies, and creative community initiatives which include identifying resources for new projects. She promotes RAC’s position that community-based arts, public art, and creative capacity building are integral in developing dynamic, vibrant cities.
In 2010, she organized the first At the Crossroads: A Community Arts & Development Convening. In 2012, a second convening in conjunction with Rust Belt to Artist Belt attracted about 300 participants to St. Louis from as far away as Dublin and Singapore.
Before joining RAC, Roseann served as Director of Programs and Education at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM). With over 25 years of experience in arts leadership in both nonprofit arts institutions and gallery settings, she has curated contemporary art exhibitions, served on public art commissions, panels, juries, committees, and boards as well as lectured about contemporary art and community.
She also was a founding member of The AIDS Foundation of St. Louis (now part of Doorways) and Critical Mass for the Visual Arts. Roseann received a Grand Center Visionary Award in 2009 for “outstanding arts professional.” She lives in the West End of the city with her spouse Harper Barnes, a writer, in a condo overrun by too many books and not enough walls left for art.
Yetunde aka Tunde is a Philadelphia native who migrated West to attend Washington University in St. Louis. Much to the surprise of her East Coast family, she then fell in love with the city and has called it home since earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2010. She has spent the past 6 years balancing between art creation/writing, performance/dance and arts administration. When she is not creating, teaching dance or performing, she can be found attending as many arts and cultural events as she can fit in her schedule. She can also be found absorbing new languages, watching K-dramas, training her cats like puppies or teaching her puppy to jump through hoops, and exploring places both new and familiar using the compass of delicious food. In her current position, Tunde both oversees the Jill A. McGuire Gallery and leads the planning of the Culture/Shift 2016 Conference, and she is beyond thrilled with both roles.
Arlene Goldbard is a writer, speaker, consultant and cultural activist whose focus is the intersection of culture, politics and spirituality. Her blog and other writings may be downloaded from her Web site: www.arlenegoldbard.com. She was born in New York and grew up near San Francisco. Her two newest books on art’s public purpose—The Wave and The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future were published in spring 2013. Prior books include New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development, Community, Culture and Globalization, an international anthology published by the Rockefeller Foundation, Crossroads: Reflections on the Politics of Culture, and Clarity, a novel. Her essays have been published in In Motion Magazine, Art in America, Theatre, Tikkun, and many other journals. She has addressed many academic and community audiences in the U.S. and Europe on topics ranging from the ethics of community arts practice to the development of integral organizations. She has provided advice and counsel to hundreds of community-based organizations, independent media groups, and public and private funders and policymakers including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Independent Television Service, Appalshop and dozens of others. She serves as President of the Board of Directors of The Shalom Center.
Adam Horowitz is Chief Instigator of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. A co-creator of sector-blurring, border-crossing projects rooted in storytelling, cultural exchange, and social change, Adam was Co-Executive Director of Bowery Arts + Science—which programs the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC—and has worked with numerous organizations at the intersection of arts, education, and social change, including the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, Ashoka, and The Future Project, where he was a founding team member. As a performer, musician, and researcher of intercultural exchange, he has worked with ensembles in Europe and in South America, presenting original work in forests, churches, public plazas, and living rooms, as well as traditional theaters. He is an Artist in Residence at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Adam holds a BA from Yale University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia, where he wrote about performance and politics for Theater Magazine, devised original theater pieces with teens, and printed out hundreds of posters for an imagined entity known as the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture…
In 2011, Liz Pund moved back home to St. Louis eager to get involved in the community after spending more than a decade in other cities. She discovered arts-based community development at the 2012 Rustbelt to Artist Belt/At the Crossroads convening organized by RAC and was inspired by the way its practitioners were affecting significant, lasting change in their communities. In her most recent role as Executive Director at the Skinker DeBaliviere Community Council, a nonprofit community development organization in St. Louis City, she directed a year-round calendar of community engagement programs and strategic projects for the neighborhood. Many involved using art to bring people together and create a more vibrant community including the neighborhood’s first Better Block Project. Prior to that she ran an online community for Livra/Ipsos in Buenos Aires and managed co-working community operations at the original CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Liz has a lifelong passion for the arts and is an avid swing dancer, novice ukulele player, and self-taught graphic designer. As a 2013-14 alumna of the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute, Liz is excited to dedicate her energy toward facilitating and growing this impactful program as the Community Arts Manager.
Sophie Lipman is an arts organizer, educator, and creator who actively collaborates with community artists to coordinate and actualize community-focused projects. Lipman serves as the Public Projects and Outreach Organizer at Pulitzer Arts Foundation, where she assists in the management and coordination of Pulitzer's large-scale commissions as well as works to engage neighbors and other audiences as integral partners in Pulitzer programming. She is also active in the movement for black and brown lives, using her skills as an artist and organizer to support platforms established by local grass-roots networks. Lipman is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis as well as of the Regional Arts Commission's Community Arts Training Institute. Past and current initiatives include: FoodSpark, United Story: Ferguson Beyond Today, and Artivists, STL.
In addition to serving as a community engagement specialist with the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, De is the Founder and Creative Director of Civic Creatives, a social design organization that equips organizations and leaders to resolve critical social challenges using design thinking. Projects with Civic Creatives include two Clinton Global Initiative projects, Design Serves (D*Serve) and United Story as well as FoodSpark, which highlights and convenes communities to address prominent interests using story and food-based social interventions. De also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Creative Reaction Lab.
De holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU), where she specialized in social entrepreneurship and socio-economic development. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art at WashU, where she was a John B. Ervin Scholar, Brown Scholar, William Sweet Scholar, and Enterprise-Rent-a-Car Scholar. She is a 2011 alum of the Community Arts Training Institute with the Regional Arts Commission St. Louis, and her works have been supported by the Clinton Global Initiative University, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gephardt Institute for Public Service, Ideas that Matters, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, StartingBloc Fellowship, Points of Light Civic Accelerator, and AshokaU Changemakers. De is the 2016 recipient of the St. Louis Visionary Award for her community impact through the arts.
Mallory Nezam (Founder & Director of STL Improv Anywhere and The Poetree Project) instigates unexpected creative interactions in public space. She seeks to inspire more people to craft an everyday relationship with art and to participate in art-making on their own terms. Nezam believes that sharing creative expressions in public builds artistic confidence and strengthens the bonds between the people in our city.
Felicia W. Shaw joined the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis as its Executive Director in 2015. A native St. Louisan, Felicia brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in the public and nonprofit arts and culture sector. Previously, Felicia served for eight years as Director of Arts and Culture Strategy and Analysis at the San Diego Foundation, where she directed a portfolio of community and civic engagement programs including a fellowship program for creative entrepreneurs, a grant program supporting neighborhood revitalization efforts, an arts-based placemaking and community building initiative, and a leadership training program for early career arts administrators.
Prior to joining the San Diego Foundation, Felicia was Program Manager at the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, responsible for implementing the annual grants program and a number initiatives designed to promote San Diego as a leading cultural tourism destination. She currently serves on the boards of Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA), the only national association of both public and private arts and culture funders in the United States and Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+), a national artists’ service organization that seeks to safeguard and sustain the careers of artists working in craft disciplines and provide emergency resources that benefit all artists.
Locally, she serves on the boards of the Greater St Louis Community Foundation and FOCUS St. Louis. Felicia has been recognized by several entities including the 2015 Amherst Wilder Foundation Shannon Leadership Institute, San Diego Magazine “Women who Mean Business” Award (2012), and numerous other awards. A graduate of Northwestern University with a B.S. degree in Communications, Felicia completed post-graduate studies at the University of California, San Diego in Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Felicia is also a graduate of FOCUS’ Experience St. Louis program.