The Pursuit of Immeasurable Impact

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“Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.” – Henry Brooks Adams I began my first career as a high school English teacher, full of idealism about the impact I would have on my students. The reason I went into teaching (aside from being completely clueless about what else I might do with my life), was because I wanted to have a positive impact on kids. Yet, I don’t know what impact, good and bad, I had on my students. I know some of the impact I had on some students. If the reason I went into […]

Jelani Memory on A Kids Book About, Startup Funding, and Following Your Purpose

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Jelani Memory started a tech company, raised 30 million in venture capital, and left it at the height of its success to start… a publishing company. We asked Jelani about his startup successes, his new company A Kids Book About, and why going analogue in a digital world is a move worth making. What is your mission behind A Kids Book About? We are on a mission to make kids books that matter. Books that are about all the challenging, empowering, and important topics that kids experience every day. Kids’ lives are complicated, and our mission is to help kids and […]

Spirituality: The Accidental Tourist

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“When did God become such a judgmental prick?” Pam Grout asks in her book Thank and Grow Rich. “When humans took over,” is the grim reply in my head. I believe we are all on a spiritual journey, whether we realize it or not. The quest to find answers to questions like, “Why am I here? What does it all mean?” is a spiritual one, and I also believe, universal. Yet, I have been loathe to turn to the religion of my upbringing for answers. Self-help books seemed a lot more practical. The highlight of my first communion was that we […]

Featured Artist: Stephanie Hirsch

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American artist Stephanie Hirsch creates conceptual objects that explore themes of self-transformation and awareness. Using mediums often associated with women’s work, Hirsch pairs words and images to metaphorically represent notions of strength, courage, humanity, rebirth and renewal. Stitched together with a feminist bent, her works delve deep beneath the shimmering surface to contemplate the meaning of words, images, and reality. Hirsch has exhibited at numerous museums and galleries, including Winston Wachter Fine Art, New York City, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York City; Unix Gallery, New York City, the New Gallery of Modern Art, Charlotte, North Carolina; the Watermill Center, Watermill, […]

The Courage to Interrupt

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In many of the interviews I do, I like to discuss the idea of turning points in people’s lives and the moment that things really changed for them. And of course, in my own life, I have many of those stories, but the one that came to mind recently was how I ended up getting started in producing and in a room with Broadway producers. Back when I was teaching, I was producing small shows at the Off-Off-Broadway level and used certain venues often. There was one venue that housed multiple theatres and I got to know the manager of […]

Featured Artists: Ninth Street Collective

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Being an artist is a serious profession, but too often, many of the skills needed to succeed are not taught in art school. For most artists, balancing studio time with career opportunities can be overwhelming, especially when they are self-directed. Fortunately, this is where entrepreneurial groups like Ninth Street Collective (NSC) can help artists by providing them with tools to learn the business of art. With a focus on professional development, the Collective, founded by five female members, fortifies emerging and mid-career artists by generating long and short term goals, creating action plans and strategizing career paths. From identifying exhibition […]

Featured Artist: Brian Singer

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Someguy, also known as Brian Singer, is a San Francisco based fine artist whose projects have received international attention. His art ranges from intimate works with paper to large scale participatory projects. The 1000 Journals Project, launched in 2000, was turned into a book, a feature length documentary, and has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The project was covered in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Better Homes and Gardens and many others. More recently, he launched the provocative project TWIT Spotting, where […]

Featured Artist: Lara Knutson

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Lara Knutson is an Artist, Industrial Designer and Architect who works in New York City near MoMA PS1. She received a master’s degree in Industrial Design and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute and believes her work is informed by the interplay of light, space, materials and structure that unite these two disciplines. Lara’s work is sold in design stores and museum shops around the world, including MoMA and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Her soft glass series is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. […]

Featured Artist: Summer Mei Ling Lee

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Summer Mei Ling Lee was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and shares time in San Francisco and Chicago. She graduated from Stanford University in 1997 and received her MFA in painting and sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011. A multi-disciplinary artist, Summer has recently been responding creatively to site and situation, working for years with Abby Chen and most recently with Candace Huey of re.riddle. Both curators have given Summer artistic opportunities to create process-based works and performances, embracing risk-taking and collaboration. Through research and discovery, she sets the conditions for art to enter. Themes of absence and […]

Culture Feature: 50 Contemporary Women Artists

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50 Contemporary Women Artists is a one-of-a-kind compendium that features a selection of women artists and architects who have made groundbreaking contributions to contemporary art. Profiling an international cross-section of artists, 50 Contemporary Women Artists presents fresh perspectives on feminism and notions of cultural power. Using a variety of mediums, the artists in this book address themes of social, cultural, political, environmental, and psychological issues. Heather Zises, Pregame Magazine art editor, created this book with John Gosslee three years ago. The idea came from a special Women’s Edition that John’s magazine Fjords Review ran in 2014 where Heather served as guest curator. […]