Sunday, November 7, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet Mike Nourse

Saturdays in the Studios is upon us which means it's time to decide on the programs for which you will be volunteering. This is also an excellent opportunity for me to introduce "the new Krisann". Krisann Rhebein is still with the Chicago Architecture Foundation but has been promoted to a new position, Manager of Community Partnerships.
Mike Nourse is a Chicago-based visual artist, educator, and program manager. Originally from Montreal, Mike moved to Chicago to complete his BA in Communication from DePaul University, and then his MFA in Visual Communication from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). As a fine artist his video and transfer art have been shown locally, nationally, and internationally. As an educator he has worked formally with high school to graduate level students at Marwen Foundation, DePaul, and SAIC. As a program manager he has overseen studio and exhibition programs for Marwen and Digital Media Academy (at University of Chicago), concentrating on innovative approaches for 21st century learning. In 2003 Mike also co-founded an arts lab called “Chicago Art Department”, which leads informal explorations in studio, exhibition, and learning practices for new and emerging artists in Chicago. At CAF Mike concentrates on teen program management, online development, and strategic partnerships.
It would be hard to find a replacement for Krisann but as CAF President and CEO Lynn Osmond will attest Canada is a good place to start. To Mike's credit I only vaguely caught his accents on his "abouts" which need a little polishing. This is due to my rigorous training as a Minuteman on the northern border. As further proof that this town is even smaller than we think I have had Mike's CAD group on my radar for some time now.

Now that Mike has settled in and the honeymoon is over it's time to get to work. The first workshop will occur on Saturday, Nov. 20th. There is a planning session this Monday, Nov. 8th that there isn't much time for you to RSVP for so you should probably just show up. See you there.

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