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, metaphysics, and ecology. Her process for this work involves embedding herself in communities, extensive research, and building coalitions between universities, government agencies, NGOs, and others. Valuing the potential of insider / outsider collaborations, her process for this work involves embedding herself in communities, deep listening, extensive research, and building coalitions between community members, arts institutions, universities, government agencies, NGOs and others. These 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. Several of the projects that she has co-produced were featured in her 2014 TEDx SMU talk, "Public Art: From Individual Expression to Community Transformation".
As an administrator, Engelstad has directed non-profit and for-profit organizations. From 2001 – 2006, she was the Executive Director of Lillstreet Learning Center, one of the leading arts education programs in Chicago. At Lillstreet, she worked closely with the City of Chicago and over 50 partner organizations. She developed an arts-based learning curriculum that had a measurable, positive impact on the participants, including at-risk youth, elders, people with learning disabilities, and recent immigrants to the United States from war torn regions such as the Sudan. Her success at Lillstreet led to her work as a member of The College Board's National Arts and Education Task Force, which developed an educational plan and recommendations submitted to the United States Congress as part of the national arts based learning initiative connected to STEM and other Pre-K – 12 education programs.
Engelstad’s work has been exhibited internationally and featured in media outlets, such as Art News, The Atlantic, Metropolis, Flash Art, Time Out, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, NPR, NBC Today Show, and NBC Nightly News. Visualizing Violence / Peace Signs, a national billboard project that addressed youth gun violence, which she co-produced with World Studio was selected for the prestigious “ID Forty” award, an annual listing of leading innovators in design by ID: The Magazine of International Design.
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 Obroro Montréal, Polaroid Corporation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, US Department of State, and World Studio.
Engelstad has taught and lectured at universities throughout North America and Europe and in 2006-7, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. A member of the Social Practice Art Research Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Englestad has an MFA in Photography from a joint program between New York University and International Center of Photography and BAs in Political Science and English from the University of Washington, Seattle (Dean’s List).
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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.
Delaney Smith, Creative Assisant
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.
Alpha Thomas, Project Manager, South Dallas
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.
Matthew Horton, Project Manager, Dallas
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.
Lauren Engelstad is a student of Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines, Washington. Lauren is a soccer player and has been playing for 11 years. She is an honor roll student and values education. Lauren has started her work with MAP as an intern and hopes to further her understanding of art and how it is used for change.
MAP BOARD of DIRECTORS
Sylvia Hoagland, President
Retired; Previous positions and work include: Secretary on Aging, State of Kansas (second woman in the history of the state to be in the Cabinet); Executive Director, Legal Assistance for Senior Adults; Vice-president-Medicare Programs, Equicor; President, UniVogue, (a woman-owned business). Currently Sylvia is a Board Member of Dallas Black Dance, TITUS and a Commissioner for the City of Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission.
Founding Director, Make Art with Purpose
Erik Engelstad, Treasurer, Seattle, WA
Chief Financial Officer, Taylor Precision Products, Inc.
Pamela Miller, Secretary, Dallas, Texas
Certified Professional Coach, Owner Lead2Success, Owner / Partner zakti LLC, former Vice-President of Alterations, Tailoring, Customized Fashion and Fur Services, Neiman Marcus. For six years, Pamela served as Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Lillstreet Learning Center, an arts education organization based in Chicago. She has a B.S. in Photography with a minor in Printmaking from Sam Houston State University in Texas.
Melanie Ferguson, Dallas, Texas
Director of Special Projects at Matthews Southwest, Melanie Ferguson is an expert pollinator and community concierge with strong narrative skills employed to brokerage creative economic development projects and city vitality through mutually beneficial relationships and business. Melanie is the former Director of Outreach and Development for the Trinity Trust Foundation (Dallas) and from 2004 - 2010 she was a Senior Managment Coordinator for the J. Paul Getty Trust (Los Angeles) spear heading city and community relations for the Getty Center as related to projects including the I-405 construction/expansion project and for the Getty Villa's post-litigation harmony and conditional use requirements.
Cassandra R Porter, Dallas, Texas
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.
Mary Greene, MAP's Founding Board President (2012-2015)
Mary Greene worked for Public Broadcasting for over 30 years including work for the Children's Television Workshop, which produces the Sesame Street program and coordinates the Preschool Educational Program (PEP), is a national program for child care professionals, preschool children, and families which combines viewing the Sesame Street show with activities that reinforce the show's concepts and goals. Ms. Greene also served as the owner of Mary Greene and Associates from 1982 to 1988. In this capacity, she served as a consultant to numerous organizations including the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, the Baylor College of Medicine's Parenting Project, and the Colorado State Department of Education. Additionally, she served on the Advisory Board for The National Institute for Literacy during the Clinton Administration, as the Director of Special Events for the White House Conference for Children and Youth during the Carter Administration, as Project Planner for Southern Methodist University, as Director of Education for the Urban League of Greater Dallas, as Education Director of the United Methodist Church's Dallas Inner City Parish and as Director of the Casa View Methodist Weekday Church School. Ms. Greene served on numerous boards and committees including the ACLU, the Black Artist Association, AVANCE, Texas Association for Infant Mental Health, and the League of Latin American Citizens. passionate and enthusiatice MAP leader, Mary helped build our foundaton and mission.
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MAP AMBASSADORS AT LARGE
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.