Advisory Council

China Blue

China Blue is an art pioneer interested in how our world is built from our sensations and perceptions and how this emerging umwelt provides not only a basis for exploring the inner world of the mind, but also how technological extensions of our senses, provide a way to transcend their limits. Her work enhances the audience’s perceptual world through her investigations and explorations into bioacoustics, ultra and infrasonic sampling devices, brain wave monitoring, and robotic sensory avatars.

Michelle J. DePass

Michelle is the President and CEO of Meyer Memorial Trust. Michelle’s career has spanned law, community organizing, philanthropy, policy-making and higher education. She has worked on both coasts, at all levels of government and in the nonprofit sector. She has brought principles of equity, diversity and inclusion to the table in all her past endeavours and is excited to build on these experiences in her current endeavors. 

Diane McGrath

Diane is Managing Director Media and Technology, J Streicher Capital.

Agnes Mocsy

Ágnes currently is a visiting Associate Professor at Yale Universiy, New Haven, CT, following her stay at the École Polytechnique and CEA Saclay in Paris, France.  She is a tenured professor of physics and astronomy at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and a researcher in theoretical physics, holding a visiting scientist appointment at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, NY. Ágnes is an active public speaker, promoter of science and evidence-based reasoning, explorer of the gender and racial landscape of science, and engager of science as muse for art and design. 

Cynthia Sley

Cynthia is the lead singer of the NYC-based punk rock band, Bush Tetras, and a veteran public school educator. The Bush Tetras continue to record and tour after 39 years together. Cynthia is also currently teaching at PS3 in Manhattan, a diverse and art-based public school in The West Village, that  has been dedicated to integrating art,music, dance, and technology into their curriculum.

Laurie Anderson

Laurie is an American avant-garde artist, composer, musician and film director whose work spans performance art, pop music, and multimedia projects.  Initially trained in violin and sculpting, Anderson pursued a variety of performance art projects in New York during the 1970s, making particular use of language, technology, and visual imagery.

Afua Kafi-Akua

Afua Kafi-Akua has worked for over two decades at many cutting-edge media and arts organizations including Women Make Movies, The Cinema Guild, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Third World Newsreel. She is currently the full-time education program manager at the International Center of Photography. She is also a media professor and scholar.Afua is also a poet, writer, musician and media artist. She creates mixed media installations about various socially relevant and personal topics including being the grandchild of immigrants, Muses, LGBTQ issues and gender identification. Her artwork has been exhibited on both coasts.

Special Advisory Members

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. King won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women’s doubles, and 11 mixed doubles titles. King won the singles title at the inaugural WTA Tour Championships.  Billie Jean King is the founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and the co-founder of World TeamTennis. As one of the 20th century’s most respected and influential people, she has long been a champion for social justice and equality. She created new inroads for both genders in and out of sports during her legendary career and she continues to make her mark today.

Urvashi Viad

Urvashi Vaid is an attorney and organizer whose leadership in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and social justice movements spans legal, advocacy, philanthropic, and grassroots organizations. Vaid is CEO of Vaid Group LLC, which works with social justice innovators, movements and organizations to address structural inequalities based on sexual orientation, gender identity, race, gender and economic status.

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