Advisory Group and Staff
- Josh MacPhee is a designer, artist, activist, and archivist. He is a member of both the Justseeds Artists Cooperative (Justseeds.org) and the Occuprint collective (Occuprint.org). He is the coauthor of Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, coeditor of Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture, and he recently cofounded the Interference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements (InterferenceArchive.org). He recently launched a collaborative design firm with Morgan Buck called Antumbra. You can see their book design at Antumbradesign.org.
- Paul Gargagliano is a Philadelphia based photographer. Environmental portraiture is his specialty. His practice has always primarily been about the event of human connection. He brings this sensibility to his work in photojournalism, art documentation, personal projects, and weddings. See his site.
- Maori Karmael Holmes is a filmmaker, curator, and producer. She is the founder and artistic director of BlackStar Film Festival. She was named an inaugural Philadelphia Creative Ambassador by VisitPhiladelphia in 2009. Her award-winning film/video work has been screened internationally and broadcast throughout the US. She has written about the arts for various publications. She received a MFA in film from Temple University, studied theatrical design at CalArts, and earned a BA in history from American University. Maori has curated and produced events for over 15 years including Kinowatt, a social justice film series (2011-2012), and the Black Lily Film & Music Festival for Women (2006-2010). Blackstarfest.org.
- Valerie Keller, award-winning and twice Emmy-nominated motion media editor, created original experimental videos for satellite, co-produced videos for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the cable series Big Tea Party. Her work has aired on Travel Channel, Discovery, Sundance, Comcast; THE DISH and VOOM Satellite Networks; played in festivals around the world; featured in art galleries; broadcast on PBS and cable TV. Her original short “Stepping On Upworld” screened at the Philadelphia Art Museum and her short “Discarded” was part of the exhibit “Out Of Frame: Motion Art” at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. vimeo.com/channels/valeriekeller
- Billy Keniston, raised as a white man in the united states, has spent his adult life focused primarily on understanding and confronting the destructive dynamics of american racialism. Keniston is a historian and a writer. His two books, “A Problem of Memory: Stories to end the racial nightmare,” and “Choosing to be free: A life story of Rick Turner,” both reflect his strong desire for a society rooted in meeting human needs.
- Anthony Romero is an artist, organizer, and writer whose solo and collaborative works have been executed nationally, most notably at Links Hall and The Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago and at the Judson Memorial Church in New York. His writings have appeared in Poetry Quarterly, The Huffington Post, Performa Magazine, and have been included in the anthologies: Emergency Index (2012, Ugly Duckling Press) and Support Networks (2014, University of Chicago Press). He has been working as an administrator in the visual and performing arts for the past 13 years. In that time he served as an archivist, copy editor and research assistant, Marketing Director and until recently as the Assistant Director of the Guild Literary Complex a 25 year old socially conscious literary arts presenting organization in Chicago. He is currently Managing Director of Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble a performing arts and education outreach organization. anthonyjoelromero.tumblr.com
- Hy Thurman originally from Tennessee and now resides in Alabama. A southern migrant, he settled in Chicago`s Uptown community, a predominantly southern white community, in the 1960`s at the age of 17. He became a community organizer and co founder of the Young Patriots Organization, a group of displaced southern white youth, and created services in healthcare, breakfast for children programs and fought urban renewal plans to destroy the homes of the southern white residents. He was also co founder of an interracial coalition called the Original Rainbow Coalition made up of the Young Lords, a Puerto Rican gang turned political and the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party to fight for self determination of the people in their communities. He received a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology in 1973. He is presently working to reboot the Young Patriots and make their forgotten history available to everyone. youngpatriots-rainbowcoalition.org
- Daniel Tucker works as an artist, writer and organizer developing documentaries, publications and events inspired by his interest in social movements and the people and places from which they emerge. His writings and lectures on the intersections of art and politics and his collaborative art projects have been published and presented widely and he collaborates on the Never The Same curatorial and archive project with Rebecca Zorach. Tucker is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director in Social and Studio Practices at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. miscprojects.com
- Mariam Williams is a Kentucky writer now living in Philadelphia. She was loving her job in social justice research and was in the midst of pursuing a master’s degree in Pan African Studies from the University of Louisville when she decided it was time to pursue creative writing instead. Mariam is a 2015-16 Trustees Fellow in the Creative Writing MFA program at Rutgers University-Camden. She is interested in the intersections of identity, history, and the arts and wants to put her tangential background to use to help women and girls discover the power and importance of their own voices.
- Nicholas Wisniewski is an artist and organizer from Baltimore, Maryland. He is a founding member of the Baltimore Development Cooperative, Participation Park, and Camp Baltimore collectives. He currently operates WZ,LLC an experimental development and community revitalization project base in the Midway neighborhood of Baltimore City. For the last 11 years he has owned and operated Phrame, an art service company specializing in the fabrication of custom contemporary picture frames. Phrame has done work for Robert Brown Gallery, Neptune Fine Arts, Heiner Contemporary, Amy Kuhnert Art Consultant, Lauern Hilyard Art Advisory, Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore Ravens, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, and University of Baltimore. phrameinc.com
- Jennifer S. Ponce de León (née Flores Sternad) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research is situated at the intersection of literary studies, studies of contemporary visual arts and aesthetics, and the study of social movements, bringing together contemporary U.S. Latino and Latin American cultural production within a hemispheric framework. She received her PhD in American Studies from the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, her M.A. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her A.B. in Literature from Harvard University. Her work has been published in Dancing with the Zapatistas, Live Art in LA, 1970-1983, Art and Activism in the Age of Globalization, MEX/LA: Mexican Modernisms in Los Angeles, and in the journals e-misférica, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Contemporary Theatre Review, The Journal of American Drama and Theater, and Interreview.
- Nato Thompson has organized major projects for Creative Time since 2007 including the annual Creative Time Summit, Living as Form (2011), Paul Ramirez Jonas’s Key to the City (2010), Jeremy Deller’s It is What it is with New Museum curators Laura Hoptman and Amy Mackie (2009), Democracy in America: The National Campaign (2008), Paul Chan’s acclaimed Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007) and Mike Nelson’s A Psychic Vacuum with curator Peter Eleey. Previously, he worked as Curator at MASS MoCA where he completed numerous largescale exhibitions including The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere (2004) with a catalogue distributed by MIT Press. His book Seeing Power: Socially Engaged Art in the Age of Cultural Production is now available from Melville House.
- Rebecca Zorach teaches art history at the University of Chicago. She is an advisory board member and sometime editor of AREA Chicago and a member of Feel Tank , and is collaborating on projects with the Bronzeville Historical Society and the South Side Community Art Center . She has organized exhibitions at the Smart Museum, DOVA temporary, University of Chicago Library and Gallery 400 and is currently researching and writing on art and politics in Chicago in the 1960s/70s.