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JANA La SORTE / Founder & Creative Director
Every organization or artist starts with an idea to make something useful or beautiful for other people. That is important to remember and drives positive change that motivates all of us.
Jana has over 25 years of experience in arts management, politics, marketing and communications running her own agency and working for organizations including the Democratic National Convention, South Orange Performing Arts Center, Americans for the Arts, Edelman Public Relations, the United States Senate and most recently, Urban Bush Women (UBW). While executive director for UBW, a modern dance and social justice organization, she secured significant new funders; produced four new works; managed the U.S. Department of State/BAM international touring program; created new partnerships and funding vehicles; instituted comprehensive marketing and communications initiatives; launched a funded monthly culture and community series; co-founded the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance; and managed the organization’s strategic planning, visioning and board development efforts. Selected as one of 100 international arts CEOs for the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive fellows program, Jana re-imagines what cultural institutions can be and how they can contribute to society. Also a CORO New York Leadership fellow, she serves on boards for Dance NYC, the United Palace of Cultural Arts (which she also programs for), BEAT Brooklyn, Serenbe AIR and is adjunct faculty at City College.
ALISON KIBBE / Associate
I’m passionate about the role of the arts and creativity in developing vibrant people and communities.
Alison is an independent cultural organizer, arts administrator, educator and performer who works at the intersection of arts, community building, education and cross-cultural dialogue. Her background includes community organizing, program and curriculum development, social justice activism, qualitative and quantitative research, ethnography, and program evaluation. Based in New York City, she was raised in North Carolina and her research and work have taken her through Brazil, the Mississippi Delta, South Africa, and her mother’s home country Jamaica, exploring questions of art, identity, and social change. She has worked at arts consulting firms WolfBrown and Webb Management Services, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the White House - Office of the First Lady Michelle Obama, and Obama for America. Performance credits include two-hundred thirty-four, two-hundred thirty-four, two-hundred thirty-four choreographed by Ebony Noelle Golden (2014) and Death Made Love to my Feet choreographed by Audrey Hailes (2014). She was a 2014 Create Change Fellow with The Laundromat Project and received the Dance Writing Award, the Benenson Award in the Arts, and the Paul Farmer Award for Justice and Social Responsibility at Duke University, where she graduated cum laude with distinction in cultural anthropology and public policy. She was a participant in Urban Bush Women’s acclaimed Summer Leadership Institute and attended the American Dance Festival.