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Pictured: Front row (left to right) Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, Jan Cohen-Cruz, Jamie Haft;
Back row (left to right) Ludovic Blain III, Dudley Cocke, Arlene Goldbard

Ludovic Blain III (Advisor) is the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s National Campaign Coordinator for the Equal Voice for America‘s Families campaign.  Mr. Blain is responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of campaign strategy, leading external and internal coalition-building, overseeing campaign staff and managing the myriad moving parts of a successful national campaign.  Previously Mr. Blain was Organization Services Director of the New Progressive Coalition (NPC), where he focused on encouraging collaboration among the NPC’s many members.  Mr. Blain came to NPC from Demos, where he was Associate Director of the Democracy Program, leading state-based campaigns for Election Day Registration, felon enfranchisement and other voting rights reforms. He has also served as Associate Director of We Interrupt This Message, and in a variety of leadership positions over a decade at the New York Public Interest Research Group.  Mr. Blain has also supported civil society efforts abroad, including Northern Ireland, Denmark, Haiti and The Gambia, where he received honorary citizenship.  Mr. Blain holds a bachelor's degree from the City College of the City University of New York, where he received several awards for his activism. He’s a graduate of several leadership and organizing programs, including the Industrial Areas Foundation and the Rockwood Leadership.  His website address is www.ludovicspeaks.com. (back to top)

Dudley Cocke (Lead Investigator) is a stage director, writer, and media producer.  He is the artistic director of Roadside Theater, a wing of Kentucky’s Appalshop.  Under Dudley’s direction, Roadside has toured its original plays to 43 states and performed in big cities from London to Los Angeles.  Current projects include Betsy, a bluegrass-jazz musical created with Pregones Theater in the Bronx; Voices from the Cultural Battlefront: Organizing for Equity, an international consortium of cultural activists that he is leading with Marta Moreno Vega of the Caribbean Cultural Center; and Thousand Kites, a national arts and criminal justice project.  Dudley received the 2002 Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities.  He often speaks publicly about democratic cultural values, and his policy writings have been published widely. Dudley has frequently collaborated on community-based projects with universities including Cornell, William & Mary, and NYU—one of such collaborations is the annual alternative spring break for NYU students to immerse themselves in Appalshop’s grassroots multi-media practice. He presently serves on the boards of the Bush Foundation, Grantmakers in the Arts, and Imagining America. Dudley received his B.A. from Washington & Lee University; his graduate work was conducted at Harvard University. His writing can be found online at http://www.roadside.org/home.html and at www.culturalbattlefront.net. (back to top)

Jan Cohen-Cruz (Lead Investigator) is director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, a national consortium of colleges and universities committed to public scholarship in the arts, humanities, and design, which recently moved to Syracuse, New York.  Cohen-Cruz wrote Local Acts: Community-Based Performance in the U S, edited Radical Street Performance, and, with Mady Schutzman, co-edited Playing Boal: Theatre, Therapy, Activism and A Boal Companion: Dialogues on Art and Cultural Politics. As a professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts from the late 1980s until 2006, Cohen-Cruz produced community-based arts projects with students including one on community gardens, directed by Cornerstone Theater’s Sabrina Peck, and another on gentrification, co-directed by Urban Bush Woman’s Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and NYU Experimental Theatre Wing’s Rosemary Quinn. In 2006-7, Jan co-conceptualized and co-initiated HOME, New Orleans, a collaboration of local universities, artists, and residents of four New Orlinean neighborhoods, experimenting with art’s role in the revitalization of “home” as dwelling, neighborhood, and the city itself. Cohen-Cruz has been a freelance practitioner of Augusto Boal’s “theatre of the oppressed” for 25 years. She is a University Professor at Syracuse University and is writing a book on performance and social justice. (back to top)

Arlene Goldbard (Lead Investigator) is a writer and consultant 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. She now lives in Richmond, California. Her most recent book, New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development was published by New Village Press in November 2006. She is also co-author of Community, Culture and Globalization, an international anthology published by the Rockefeller Foundation 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 countless 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, Global Kids, the Independent Television Service, Appalshop and dozens of others. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Shalom Center. (back to top)

Jamie Haft (Advisor & Administrator) recently graduated from a community cultural development program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.  During college, Jamie participated in and organized various community-based arts initiatives on campus and in the Lower East Side, including initiating and facilitating a ten-week workshop for grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, looking to use their unique relationship to this history to understand issues of global injustice. After graduation, she spent four months in an Orthodox Jewish seminary in Jerusalem, Neve Yerushalayim, exploring the role of tradition and spirituality in community grounded cultural work.  Jamie currently serves as the Administrative Secretary at Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life in Syracuse, New York.  She is also a member of the Leadership Advisory Group for a consortium of cultural activists called Voices from the Cultural Battlefront: Organizing for Equity. Her writing has been published in “The Art of Social Imagination: A Discussion of New Creative Community” in the Grantmakers in the Arts Spring 2007 Reader and the Center for Art and Public Life’s publication, Crafting a Vision for Art, Equity and Civic Engagement: Convening the Community Arts in Higher Education. (back to top)

Sonia BasSheva Mañjon (Advisor), executive director of the Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts, has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and nonprofit administration. Highlights of her tenure at CCA include the establishment of the Community Arts Program, the first BFA program of its kind in the United States; the revival of the Subject Matter Art (SMART) teaching concentration program; the restructuring of the diversity studies curriculum and leadership of the Campus Diversity Initiative; creation of the Visiting Artists and Scholars program; direction of 100 Families Oakland: Art & Social Change, a highly successful community program that engages families in art making; and significant fund-raising for CAPL initiatives.  Dr. Mañjon has recently accepted the newly created position of vice president of diversity and strategic partnerships at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She will be charged with enhancing the university's outreach and engagement with the greater Middletown community and serve as Wesleyan's affirmative action officer and director of the Office of Affirmative Action. She formally joins Wesleyan on July 1, 2008. (back to top)