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Artistic Circles

Collaborative Media for the Common Good

Ann Feldman

Collaborative media for the common good

Founded in 1989 by Ann Feldman and a board of directors, nonprofit Artistic Circles created groundbreaking collaborative media programs for that promote social change.

Post 9/11, Ann Feldman and Artistic Circles produced the Ties That Bind video documentary about women religious leaders connecting communities in Chicago across faith, race and nationality.

Ties That Bind premiered at the Council for the World’s Parliament of Religions and UNESCO conference on Pathways to Peace in Barcelona, Spain and was syndicated to public TV stations nationally by NETA (National Educational Telecommunications Association) for the fifth anniversary of 9/11.

We also created a discussion guide to accompany screenings of the documentary at town hall meetings across the country from 2006 to the present.

Other recent programs include the 1999 broadcast of Unbreakable Spirits, a 13-part public radio series broadcast through WBEZ and PRI.

Board of Directors

President: Deborah L. McBride – Medical Publishing Consultant

Vice-President: Julia W. Kramer – Independent scholar and family historian

Secretary: Marjorie Graham – Women’s Studies Seminar Leader, and private art instructor.

Treasurer: Carolyn DeSwarte Gifford, Ph.D. – author and editor, American women’s historian

Rabbi Andrea London – Rabbi at Beth Emet Synagogue, racial and interfaith activist

Josefien Stoppenlenburg – award-winning soprano, artist and published illustrator.

Erik Gulbrandsen – Multimedia Producer

Amy Jenkins – Director Jenkins Public Relations

Andy Larson – Creator of Andrew Larson Design

Ann E. Feldman, Ph.D. – Executive Director, Artistic Circles; Visiting Scholar, Gender Studies, Northwestern University; and social documentarian

Youth Advisory Council

Ryan Nathanial Blackwell – Northwestern University MBA, professional musician and consultant with Alvarez & Marsal.

Cheyenne Cenk – Web developer and product manager

Andrea Coscai – Senior at Bennington College, podcaster, Her Time Romania Founder and President

Soleia Quinn – sophomore on the rowing team at the University of Portland studying Psychology and English with a Fine Arts minor.

Amanda Rajkovich – High School Senior, Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL. Co-founder Coding Club.

Eva Retford – High School Junior, DePaul College Prep, Chicago, IL. Assistant Technical Director of the DePaul Prep Theater Society.

Nathan Lamp – (they/them) is a dramaturg, director, writer, and educator 

Artistic Circle Archives

University of Chicago's Special Collections and Artist Circle's Archives