It has been my experience as an artist that I express my view of the world through art: to do it and to share it with others. I received an associate's degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I attended Pratt Institute having received a bachelor's degree in painting and then a master's in fine arts.
My art is created in an unstructured environment, encompassing in an unconventional manner all I can grasp. The aesthetic expression is primarily conveyed through an interactive medium with where I live and who I live with. For ten years I volunteered to improve the conditions of Noho. Art was a means to bring my community together. My personal responsibility is synonymous with my civic as I aim to promote the economic and cultural vitality and revitalization of NoHo.
Executive Director NOHO NY
NOHO NY Business Management District
New York, NY 10012
644 BROADWAY APT. 2W
NEW YORK, NY 10012
Business website: www.nohony.org
MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE:
1993 – Present
Executive director of the NOHO NY Business Improvement District Steering Committee. Responsible for:
Fundraising, organizing and chairing meetings, developing annual budgets, accounts payable/receivable, hiring and managing and supervising consultants. Serve as chief spokesperson for the BID to area merchants, property owners, public officials, mayoral agencies, police precincts, sanitation department, cultural institutions, social service agencies, the media, cooperative and condominium boards, and other members of the community at large.
Major Accomplishments Include: Led the community through each phase of a multi year process of BID formation; developed private/public partnerships among community leaders for the betterment of NoHo, unifying the community, and championing the creation of the BID in the face of a multitude of disparate interests.
Established professional relationships with Executive Directors of four other prominent Manhattan Business Improvement districts to benefit from that experience and coordinate future efforts for mutual benefit.
Created artistic mural for the NOHO NY BID billboard which is located on the side of the 627 Broadway building.
Enhanced business environment in NoHo area by merging worlds of art and industry in events such as Artistic Interludes and the NOHO NY ArtWalk.
“I’ve always believed that art speaks to everyone, so I’ve strived to bring art into my business as executive director of the NOHO NY Business Improvement District. It may seem that art and industry are an unlikely combination, but if I’ve learned anything, it was that with a little ingenuity virtually everything is possible. By creating events like the ArtWalk that marry art and industry, I have been able to bring visibility to both and have been privileged to meet some extraordinary people. My goal for the future is to continue to utilize my artistic background both personally and professionally and of course, wherever possible, serve as an inspiration to today’s youth who have yet to experience all that is possible in the fashion industry.”
2004 FIT Person of the Year
1991 – 1995
Founder and organizer of The Broadway Village Arts Fair, a privately funded annual community festival/juried art exhibition designed to bring business to NoHo and unite businesses/property owners. Drafted a budget which included advertising and promotion, administration, municipal street permits, taxes to the city, prizes, banners, invitations, stamps, clean up, in-kind services of $110,000 and managing income from vendors.
1989 – 1995
Founder and President of Concerned Citizens of Broadway Inc., an organization comprised of residents, businesses and property owners in NoHo. Responsibilities include organizing and running various events and neighborhood improvement projects and fundraising, maintaining a working relationship with the police and sanitation departments. Used individuals who were obligated to fulfill community service duties due to past transgressions.
1991 – Present
Total fundraising efforts to date have resulted in cash contributions of $179,730 and contributions of goods and services equal to $222,000 for the projects of the NOHO NY BID.
$50,000 from Councilmember Alan Gerson and $25,000 from the National Architectural Trust for the Cobblestones Project
BOARD & COMMITTEE APOINTMENTS:
1995 – Present
Member of The Democratic County Committee
1991 – Present
Member of Washington Square Park Coalition
1991 – Present
Community Board II
Pratt Institute, New York, NY
MASTERS OF FINE ARTS, 1978
BACHELORS OF FINE ARTS, 1975
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
ASSOCIATE DEGREE OF APPLIED SCIENCE, 1972