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Everyartist

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To get a million kids to participate in Everyartist Live! - the largest children's art event in history, we need your support! This can be anything from sharing our story with your friends, family or local schools, to hosting an event.

What we're doing :

On November 21, 2013, we launch Everyartist Live!

A national, collaborative art event to engage a million elementary school children– the largest art event in history.

Our event hubs and digital tools empower ArtMoms and Dads, and any ArtChampion to spark creativity in our Kids.

IT ALL STARTED WITH AN EXPERIMENT

In April 2012, artist Brendan O’Connell & entrepreneur Breck Kling collaborated with the Bentonville Arkansas school district to pilot a national art event!

They set the World Record as 8,416 filled a football field with their art.

Everyartist.me was inspired to bring this democratic art experience to millions of children nationwide through Everyartist Live!

On November 21, 2013, Art Champions and Art Kids everywhere are invited to sign up and interpret the theme of Gratitude.

Already thousands of children have committed in Arkansas, Texas, Georgia and New York.

We’re building a downloadable kit that will make it easy for teachers, parents, after school program staff, museum and gallery administrators, and other ArtChampions to register and become local event coordinators. The kit includes instructions for staging an event, designed by a professional art educator adaptable to every elementary age group, printable stickers and other incentives for the participating children, and a press release that can be shared with local media. The artwork created during the event can then be uploaded to the Everyartist App that is being created for the event, or to Everyartist.me, to become a part of a national mural of children’s art that will be shared in prominent locations around the country.

At Everyartist.me, we believe fostering creativity is as important as Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. It will better prepare our kids to transform our country, and the world, in their lifetimes.

Our Core Values

About Children

We listen with interest to the children and those who love them, but the children always win.

Creativity Permeates

We are looking at the world differently and strive to exude creative thought in everything we do.

Humility Counts

We are honest, transparent, and true; we recognize and acknowledge mistakes and correct them quickly.

Mission Driven

We believe authenticity builds a loyal tribe; we only earn followers if we provide recognizable value, and spark human creativity.

Integrity Matters

We hold the cultivation of a precious resource – our children’s creative thinking – in the highest esteem to build the trust of their parents and teachers.

The artist Joseph Beuys once famously said, “Everyone is an artist.” He believed that art belongs to the people, and can be created by people in meaningful ways, just as it is by professional artists.

That’s why we call ourselves Everyartist.me. We are the story of Brendan O’Connell, Artist – and of Brendan’s vision to democratize that creative experience to kids everywhere.

Brendan is a professional artist, who earns his living by selling paintings. Like many people, as a child he didn't think he was an artist because he didn't know how to draw. But at twenty-two, he taught himself to draw and became a street artist in Paris. He believes ANYONE can learn how to draw and everyone SHOULD. He believes making art is a skill as useful for the future as math or reading.

A small percentage of children learn to read without being taught. A similar small percentage knows how to draw without being taught.

Brendan vowed that someday he would figure out a way to get a whole generation of kids drawing.

Now is that time.

Along with some like-minded partners, Brendan created Everyartist.me.

Everyartist.me’s purpose is simple...Spark Human Creativity.

We are building a tribe to foster creativity by nurturing and celebrating the artist in every child.

Most thirty year olds spend more time, energy and money on products and services that didn't exist when they were twenty.

The world that today's fifth graders today will inherit hasn't been invented yet!

As parents and educators we must do everything in our power to spark creativity and then foster the flame.

Children begin creative thinking abilities before they develop reading, writing or arithmetic skills. It is this creativity, comfort and connection with the visual world, that drives innovation in everything they do. It is too critical to leave a child’s creative sense to atrophy when they start on the path of their academic life. Creativity drives the other subjects. Creativity is what moves them to new ideas and advancements.

"Art + Design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century just as Science and Technology did in the last century. We need to add Art + Design to the equation."

--John Maeda, formerly the Assistant Director of Research at MIT’s Media Lab and now the President of Rhode Island’s School of Design.

Team :

Breck Kling

Co-Founder And Principal

Breck is an accomplished collector of emerging contemporary art and lifelong entrepreneur. He co-founded a chain of bike shops in Upstate NY while getting his undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester in Art History. Following graduate school in architecture at the University of Virginia, Breck co-founded Origin Communications, a computer telephony dating service. Origin operated in 40 U.S. markets and generated $20 million in annual revenue. Breck is the father of two young ArtKids, ages 10 and 8, and lives in Jackson, WY along the banks of the Snake River. ...

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Anne MacDonald

Chief Marketing Officer and Principal

Anne is a veteran marketing executive. She has been the Chief Marketing Officer of The Travelers Companies, Macy’s, Citi and Pizza Hut when it was part of PepsiCo. She has been a Partner of The Rockefeller Consulting Group. Anne started her career in advertising at N.W. Ayer (where she was Executive Vice President and Managing Director on its Procter & Gamble business). She has also been employed in various senior management capacities by Grey Advertising, now part of WPP Group. Anne is an Independent Director of Rentrak Corporation. She has served as a Director of Catalina Marketing Corp. Anne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Boston College and an MBA from Bath University in England and lives in CT to NY. ...

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Nathan Adams

Principal

Nathan has been a Vice President and Partner of Stratford Group, Traverse Capital, and is the Co-Founder/Partner of Triangle Energy Partners, private equity and investment management firms located in Wilson, WY. Previously, Nathan worked at Rocky Mountain Wealth Concepts, an alternative investment fund manager, and at UBS, where he was the co-manager of a $1.5B pool of capital. He is the co-founder of Young Professionals of the Tetons and is involved with several charitable organizations. Nathan graduated from Bentley College and lives in Jackson, WY. ...

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Brendan O’Connell

Co-Founder, Artist and Principal

Brendan is a professional artist. Early in his career, he made a living as a street artist drawing caricatures in Europe, and later as a fine artist. He is most known for his paintings about Walmart, which have been shown in New York, Toronto, Boston and Shanghai, and featured in Art in America, The Boston Globe and on NPR. His work bridges the gap between high and low art and is collected by Hollywood’s A-List as well as Walmart. Brendan is a graduate of Emory University, married to the premier female landscape painter, and the father of two young artists. He lives in CT. ...

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Virginia Terry

Development Director

Virginia is a former Director of Advisory Services at Business for Social Responsibility, a global non-profit focused on leveraging the business sector to address social and environmental challenges.  In her role she worked with companies such as KKR, AT&T, Kellogg., Unilever, and PVH.  Since earning her M.A. at New York University she has worked in the non-profit sector with a specialization in sustainability and social enterprise at organizations.  She was Director at SustainAbility and has consulted for the New Economics Foundation, the Waterfront Alliance and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.  She is an Adjunct Professor at the New School of Social Research in New York City.  Virginia is the mother of three ArtKids, ages 8, 11, and 12 and lives in Brooklyn, NY and in CT. ...

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ADVISORY BOARD :

Everyartist.me’s Management Team has surrounded itself with an impressive Advisory Board of passionate ArtMoms and ArtTeachers, as well as professionals from the fields of early childhood education, art instruction, business, nonprofit and philanthropy.

George Bailey

George is the Chief Transformational Officer of SONY, charged with accelerating the company’s transformation into a premier provider of networked products, content and services. Earlier in his career, George served as General Manager of IBM's Microelectronics Division and a member of IBM's senior leadership team. He also spent nearly a deade as a Senior Partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he led the global Strategy and Change Business and PwC's High Technology Practice. ...

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Kathryn DeNitto

Kathryn is a high tech marketing specialist with a passion for all things creative, including writing and music. She has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Boston University. She is an ArtMom with three teenage boys and has always been active in her boys’ schools as a volunteer. ...

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Mary Ley

Mary is Executive Director of Communications and Community Partnerships for the Bentonville School District, and was an art teacher for 28 years. Through this role, and countless hours of hard work, Mary was integral in putting on the Everyartist "Walart" event in Bentonville, AR. She has taught in Florida, California and Indiana and holds a Master’s in Art Education and a National Board Certification in Art. She has always incorporated the community in her classrooms. Mary is an ArtMom and a triathlete. ...

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Clarence "Chip" Sheffield, Jr.

Chip has a Ph.D. in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College. He holds the Eugene H. Fram Chair in Applied Critical Thinking at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, where he is also an Associate Professor in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. Chip teaches courses on modern and contemporary art history and theory. His scholarship and research focus on the modern era—very broadly construed—to include art, architecture, design, and craft theory. Prior to arriving at RIT in 2003, he was a visiting assistant professor at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, Macalester College, and University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI, Parsons School of Design, NYC, and the International Summer School at the University of Oslo, Norway. He has frequently contributed essays and reviews to the publications of Bard Graduate Center’s Studies in the Decorative Arts, as well as Scandinavian Studies, Scandinavian-Canadian Studies/Études scandinaves au Canada, The Journal of Architectural Education and The American Philosophical Society. ...

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Alec Baldwin

Since 1980, Alec Baldwin has appeared on stage, in films and on television and has received a Tony nomination (A Streetcar Named Desire, 1992) an Oscar nomination (The Cooler, 2004) and he has won two Emmy awards and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on NBC-TV's 30 Rock. Baldwin is a 1994 BFA graduate of Tisch and received an honorary doctorate in 2010. He is also the radio announcer for, and a board member of, the New York Philharmonic. ...

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Raj Goyle

Raj Goyle is the Senior Advisor to the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation and a Director of the Rubin Family Office where he advises on philanthropic, political and financial matters. Goyle served two terms in the Kansas State House and worked at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC where he led projects on a range of domestic policy issue. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Duke University. ...

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Page Moreau

Page is a Professor of Marketing at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder where she has been a member of the faculty for over a decade. She received her Ph.D. in marketing from Columbia University where she developed a passion for research in the areas of creativity, consumer learning, and innovation. Page’s work has been published in the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Consumer Research, and the Journal of Marketing, and she currently serves as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Consumer Research. ...

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Patty Stone

Patty has 25 years public relations experience, and is currently an executive with PR firm Weber Shandwick in Boston. She has galvanized advocates to build and support some of the world’s most powerful brands, including America Online, AT&T, General Motors, Life is Good, Monster.com, Ocean Spray, OnStar and Zipcar. Patty brings athorough knowledge of how to develop high-level marketing platforms and execute incisive public relations campaigns through online and offline conversations. ...

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Suraya Bliss

Suraya is the Senior Director of Global Digital Strategy and Communications for Walmart. In her first role with the company, she worked to help develop Walmart’s global purpose statement, “We save people money so they can live better,” she went on to set up Walmart’s first social networking site for 1.4 million U.S. associates and is currently launching the first globally accessible communications platform for all 2.2 million associates worldwide. Her experience spans diverse roles including public relations, marketing, event planning and logistics, training and agriculture extension agent for organizations including DaimlerChrysler, Carlson Marketing Group, Peace Corps, Wilderness Education Association, American Heart Association, Jewish Community Center and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. ...

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Jodi Hullinger

Jodi was most recently at Jumpstart, a national early education nonprofit, where she managed corporate partnerships, led PR and marketing efforts, and helped grow Jumpstart's awareness campaign,Read for the Record, to reach more than two million children each year. Jodi is an ArtMom to two young children, 1 and 5. ...

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Deirdre Hanley Norman

Deirdre has worked in advertising, marketing and public relations in Dallas, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles and Amsterdam. She was the media coordinator for Ross Perot's grassroots Presidential campaign. Deirdre has a BA in Journalism from the University of Texas. She currently raises four children, two dogs, three cats and several horses on her farm in Manakin Sabot, VA. ...

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Kevin Umeh

Ex CEO, Cint USA; Co-Founder, Macmillan Digital. Mr. Umeh is an advisor and consultant to innovators in digital and social media. He was formerly CEO of Cint USA, Inc. a provider of SaaS-based tools for online market research. Prior to that Kevin was a partner in the Media and Private Equity practices at Heidrick & Struggles. Previously, he was a managing director in a marketing communications consultancy at Havas SA. In addition Kevin held various operating roles at Viacom's publishing businesses including co-founding Macmillan Digital, Simon & Schuster's first online business. Kevin began his career as a management consultant in Coopers & Lybrand's Media & Entertainment practice. Kevin chaired the First Presbyterian Church of New York Nursery School Board and served on the Board of the Aaron Davis Hall performing arts center in Harlem. ...

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