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nyc, United States

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Dee Dunn

Cultural producer | Dorothy Dunn Consulting

Dobbs Ferry, NY, United States

"A catalyst for creative thinking in education and leadership"

Generally thinking:

Education & Academia
Sustainability & Environment
Government & Community
Media & Journalism
Arts & Entertainment
Creativity & Design
Body, Mind & Science

My tags:

ActivismArchitectureArtCommunityCraftsCultureDramaEducationEntrepreneurshipEnvironmentEventsFilmFoodGraphic DesignHealthScienceMuseumsMusicPerformanceProduct DesignSocial ChangeSound DesignTheatreTravelVisual ArtsWriting

Very good at:
+ ...being a catalyst for connections between artists, designers, and everyone else
+ Shaping problems into opportunities
+ Creating transformational experiences.

About me & my work:

I have always had the honor and pleasure to work with artists and designers. Most of my work - leading and producing organizations, programs, events, exhibitions, products and films - has been realized through bridges between creative leaders -- how they view and experience the world -- and everyone else, who want to be invited in.

I have worked with the Smithsonian Institution, the Philip Johnson Glass House, the Aspen Institute, and AIGA, among others. I was the founding Director of America: Now and Here, a pioneering venture to position art (including visual art, poetry, film, music and theater) as a catalyst for civil dialogue in communities across the country.

I was Director of Education at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, where my initiatives earned me the inaugural Smithsonian Education Achievement Award in 2004 -- in recognition of my leadership in building the National Design Museum's educational vision. In that role I conceived and launched groundbreaking national program models, including Summer Design Institute, City of Neighborhoods and High School Design Days as well as numerous conferences and study tours.

I was also Director of Programs at AIGA, the professional association for design, where I repositioned the International Design Conference at Aspen, the world's oldest forum for business and design leaders.

I studied at Interlochen Arts Academy (HS), Reed College, Hampshire College (BA), and Bank Street College (MA). I am on the board of Openhousenewyork and serve as an advisor for the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art and am a member of the Education Committee for the Aldrich Museum.

I am very involved in my family farm in Illinois where I am a steward of a grove of black walnut trees.

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Dorothy Dunn

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