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About Us

"Creating media for social change has given profound meaning to my life."

Dr. Feldman is a Visiting Scholar in Gender Studies at Northwestern University and Executive Director of nonprofit Artistic Circles.

Ann Feldman’s career has been spent maneuvering in and out of disparate communities. Dr. Feldman is a curious outsider, hungry to know other cultures, needs and wants, values and fears.

The mission of Feldman’s nonprofit Artistic Circles is to create collaborative media for social change and to build trust between these varied communities.

For the past thirty years, Dr. Feldman produced internationally syndicated television and radio documentaries, public events, and musical CDs with partners in the U.S., Mexico, China, and India.

Feldman showcased voices and faces not normally heard or seen in traditional media outlets. Her award-winning projects include Water Pressures, a partnership between desert villagers in Rajasthan, India and students and faculty at Northwestern University (on the shores of Lake Michigan in Illinois).


At 9/11, Feldman spent five years bringing together Chicago’s Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities in interfaith and diversity programs, which resulted in the Ties That Bind video documentary.

EMMY- nominated Ties That Bind premiered at the Council for the World’s Parliament of Religions and UNESCO conference on Pathways to Peace in Barcelona, Spain. It was syndicated nationally by NETA (National Educational Telecommunications Association) and internationally by John McLean Media.

Feldman also created radio documentaries focusing on women, music, and minorities, which were broadcast national on PRI Public Radio International, WFMT public radio and the WFMT Network.

These included the Unbreakable Spirits series about women and girls in China; Noteworthy Women about women composers and scholars in the U.S. and Mexico; and Women at an Exposition about Chicago’s 1893 world’s fair.