People

PERSONNEL

Janeil Engelstad, Founding Director

Working in partnership with artists, community organizations, foundations, universities, and government agencies, Janeil Engelstad has produced multi-form projects that have addressed concerns such as homelessness, youth and gang violence, social and political histories and ecology. Engelstad's work is grounded in her metaphysical practice and is guided by the following question: What do I do in the world that makes a generative and positive contribution to people and the planet?

Intentional, creative action that align Spirit, Passion and Purpose underpins her

projects and the larger construct of envisioning and helping to create a world where those traditionally excluded gain agency and access. Her process for this work, which can be as valuable as the outcome, involves embedding herself in

communities, extensive research, collaboration and building coalitions betweenuniversities, government agencies, NGOs and others. Her projects often create a place for individuals and groups who do not have access to art making opportunities or a voice in society to express their identity, experiences and points of view. 

In 2009, Engelstad produced the international project, Voices From the Center. Produced in partnership with the United Stated Department of State, Central European Foundation, and others, the project is centered on Engelstad’s interviews with Central-East Europeans about life during and after communism. The people that Engelstad interviewed included former Communist Party chiefs, Olympic athletes, teachers, artists, writers / playwrights, farmers, historians / scholars, homemakers, factory workers, and former dissidents who were central to the overthrow of the communist regimes in the former Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Poland. The interviews were documented in an interactive web site and exhibitions, panel discussions, and lectures throughout Central Europe and the United States.  

Engelstad’s work has been supported by numerous grants and produced in partnership with organizations, including ARTMargins, The Boeing Company, California Museum of Photography, Central European Foundation, Chicago Public Art Group, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Dallas Museum of Art, Embrey Family Foundation, The Field Museum, Hyde Park Art Center, International Center of Photography, Kunstalle Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York City Deprtament of Transportation's Art Division, Obroro Montréal, Polaroid Corporation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, US Department of State, and World Studio.

A Fulbright Scholar, Engelstad has taught and lectured at universities throughout North America and Europe and she is a member of the Social Practice Art Research Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Oto Hudec, Associate Director

Multi-media artist Oto Hudec was born in Kosice, Slovakia, and he created his recent work in USA, Portugal, and Slovakia. His paintings, drawings, and prints explore both personal and social themes. He also creates video and work for public spaces about immigration, refugees, and the impact of globalization on the environment. In 2007, his project “Million Stars Hotel” explored various ways of documenting a Moroccan landscape and its people in the Atlas Mountains through large-scale painting, documentary video, and sketches. In 2007, he realized the first of his concerts for landscapes, when he performed “Concert for the Great Cold Valley” for 7000 feet mountains covered by snow. Interventions in public spaces, which combined painting and performance, include “The Skier” in Porto, Portugal, and “The Night” in Valencia, Spain (both in 2008). He has also realized the wall pieces for public spaces “Regatta de Blanc” in London and “Re-cycled Memory”, a contribution to the project, “Voices From the Center” installed in three Slovak cities. His participation in “Bienal Mercosul” in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2009) included the video “Drawing for Filó” which addresses social themes and questions the truthfulness of human memory. In October 2009, as a member of Van Driver group, he prepared “Home”, a street art intervention bringing ecological facts and home energy saving tips to Porto citizens. In the fall of 2009, he also produced his second solo exhibition “Paradise in State of Emergency” in KubikGallery, Porto (2009). In 2010, his wall piece portraying traditionally dressed African woman on skis was installed in Cova da Moura in Lisbon, a neighbourhood of mostly Cabo Verde immigrants. In 2011, he prepared large scale drawings portraying globalized world market to cover the walls of gallery Miscellanea in Barcelona, Spain (solo exhibition “Traffic Jam). A life-size car Skoda 100L made out of plywood together with series of aquarells and interviews, was an attempt to discover family history for the exhibition “Voices from the Center” in threewalls gallery in Chicago. His project in development, “The Price of Water” has been explored during a one month residency in Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, USA.

Oto Hudec has a Ph.D in fine arts from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislva, Slovakia. 

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Delaney Smith, Creative Assisant / Lead Graphic Design

Delaney Smith is a visual artist working primarily with paper and bookmaking to create sculptures and interactive books. With a focus on aligning process and inherent qualities of material, she explores the ideas of accumulation, transformation, and duality. Her interactive books develop as the viewer alters the pages, creating a unique story of marks and questioning expectations of how one should approach a book.

Delaney received her BFA in Graphic Communications from the University of Southern Mississippi and her MFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas. Her work has been selected for Materials Hard and Soft and is part of the permanent collection at Texas Women’s State University. A former artist-in-residence at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, she is currently an Associate Professor at Lone Star College, Montgomery campus.

 

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Matthew Horton, Project Manager

Matthew Horton is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) with a BS in Psychology. He has worked in the Dallas - Fort Worth music scene as a marketer for Spune Productions — working local shows and various festivals in the Dallas area — and as Assistant Promotions Manager and writer for Radio UTD. He has also worked with the Center for Vital Longevity — a UTD-affiliated Dementia research group — as a copywriter and creative assistant. Through the utilization of both emerging and established media platforms, Matthew is working to spread awareness about MAP and its projects.

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Alpha Thomas, Project Manager

Community Advocate, health educator, and teacher, Alpha Thomas is a life-time resident of South Dallas and a graduate of Texas Women’s University with a BS in Health Education with a specialization in public health. A protégée of Kathlyn Gilliam, the first black woman on the DISD school board and the first black board president in 1980, Ms. Thomas has mentored and taught youth through outreach programs at the South Dallas Cultural Center, Ms. Thomas is nationally recognized for her work as an HIV-AIDS educator.  

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MAP BOARD of DIRECTORS

Cassandra R Porter, President 

Cassandra R Porter is the founder of Optimism by Fire, a new company that encourages everyday people to match their passions and social networks with the pooling of their financial resources for societal change and/or their financial futures. Her past employment history includes Southern Methodist University, Development Associate;  KERA, Government and Foundation Relations Manager; Dallas Contemporary, Development Manager; and Big Thought, Director of Individual Giving. She received her Bachelors of Arts in English from the University of Southern California and her Master Fine Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry from the University of Miami.Optimism by Fire combines Ms. Porter’s 18 years of development experience with 18 years of experience as one of six founding members of a successful investment circle in Dallas, Texas.

 

Janeil Engelstad, Vice-President

Founding Director, Make Art with Purpose

 

Pamela Miller, Treasurer 

Pamela Miller is the founder of Lead2Success, an Executive Leadership coaching practice dedicated to helping executives and managers at all levels develop their leadership skills. Pam specializes in working with diverse cultures and minority managers and executives who want to develop their executive presence within their specific work environment while maintaining their authenticity and values. She utilizes her experience leading multi-cultural and minority based work environments to help executives build diverse teams that operate at the highest level of success. Pam has held high-level management positions at specialty retailers including 20 years at Neiman Marcus where she was a Vice-President in Operations. 

 

Melanie Ferguson,Secretary

Melanie Ferguson has worked in public relations for the Dallas Theater Center and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, as the Director of Development and Outreach for the Trinity Trust, as well as in government and community relations for the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles. As Director of Special Projects for Matthews Southwest Development Company, Melanie nurtures business, equitable development and community synergies on the shared cusp of downtown and South Dallas. In addition to MAP, she serves on the boards of the Dallas Women's Foundation and LIFT (Literacy Instruction for Texans). She is a member of Big Thought's Advocacy Committee, the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau's Marketing & Communications Committee, Leadership ISD Alumnae, the South Dallas / Fair Park WINS Education Team, and Reading Partners. 

 

Kamilah Collins

Since 2012 Kamilah Collins has been a leader in the development of capacity for diversity and inclusion in leadership with clients throughout North Texas and around the Unites States. From 2005-2015 Kamilah was the Director of Operations Controls for Penson Financial Services. Kamilah has BS in Communications from University of Kansas. Since 2013 she has been a member of the leadership team for Dallas Dinner Table and since 2015 she has been on the Board of Directors for Friends of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy. From 2011- 2013 Kamilah was the Communications Chair for the National Urban League Young Professionals. 

 

Jessica Fuentes

Jessica Fuentes is the Manager of School and Community Outreach at Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas where she leads the taching team by infusing the Museum's teaching philisophy and sttrategies for leaners in the gallery learning and creative experiences in the community. Formally Jesiica was  the Head of Interpretation at Cetner for Creative Connections, Dallas Museum of Art. Jessica is an Adjunct Professor of Art at the Trinity River Campus of Tarrant County College. Jessica has an MA in Arts Education from University of North Texas where she received the UNT Libraries Most Innovative Thesis Award (2014) and a BA in Art and Performance from University of Texas, Dallas where she received the Dean Dennis Kratz Merit Award and the Academic Achievement Scholarship (2001-2004). 

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MAP ADVISORY BOARD

Newton Harrison, Santa Cruz, CA

Among the leading pioneers of the eco-art movement, the collaborative team of Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison (often referred to simply as “the Harrisons”) have worked for almost forty years with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development.

The Harrison’s concept of art embraces a breathtaking range of disciplines. They are historians, diplomats, ecologists, investigators, emissaries and art activists. Their work involves proposing solutions and involves not only public discussion, but extensive mapping and documentation of these proposals in an art context.

Past projects have focused on watershed restoration, urban renewal, agriculture and forestry issues among others. The Harrisons’ visionary projects have often led to changes in governmental policy and have expanded dialogue around previously unexplored issues leading to practical implementations throughout the United States and Europe.

Gail Sachson, Dallas, TX

Art Consultant, former Vice-Chair City of Dallss Cultural Affairs Comission, owner of Ask Me About Art!

Gray Vogelmann DDS, Chicago, IL

Chicago, Illinois,Collector, Arts Patron, World Traveler and Lover of Life, Gray Vogelmann has suported the arts and arts organizatons in Chicago and abroad for over two decades. He has volunteered, in various capacities, for arts organizations throughout the United States, owned and operated an art gallery and served on the Committee of The Jeff Awards - Celebrating Excellence in Chicago Theater.