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About Us

Staff

Executive Director

Kim Vaadia has spent her professional life working in the visual arts. Kim has produced fine art exhibitions in Brooklyn and Manhattan, worked as a private art consultant, and also assisted artists exhibiting in the public sector. Kim, a graduate with Honors from the University of California, received a JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo school of Law where she was an Editor of the Arts and Entertainment Law Journal and a Samuel Belkin Scholar. Kim is thrilled to be involved with Urban Art Projects, believing that there must be more public art in New York City and the world!  Kim is especially excited about UAP’s new programming featuring artists working in the overlapping areas of science, art and technology.

Program  and Fundraising Consultant

Colleen Pike Blair,Colleen is a fine artist who has been promoting progressive education for the past 20 years in a sustained effort to invigorate progressive independent schools in the various communities in which she and her family have lived.  During her tenure as a trustee for the Alabama Waldorf School, Colleen designed and secured funding for a pilot program linking an urban public school kindergarten with the Waldorf School.  Colleen served for three years as president of the Board of Trustees at State College Friends School in State College, PA; she is currently a trustee for The Calhoun School in NYC.

Program and Curatorial Consultant

Adam Zucker is a visual and sound artist, curator, and writer. He received his B.A. in Multimedia and Digital Design from the University of New Haven and will receive his M.A. this fall in Museum Studies from the City College of New York. As an artist he has exhibited his work along the East Coast in galleries and art spaces and has been published in Certain Circuits magazine and a 2011 survey for surrealist art published by Sunbury Press called “Dark Arts 2011”. His curatorial contributions include: TONNEOVEFUNNE: Brian Galderisi and Devon Dunhill Clapp at et al Projects in Harlem, NY, Food Glorious Food at the Wespac Space in White Plains, NY, and two upcoming museum retrospectives: Irving Kriesberg at the Longview Museum of Fine Art, Longview TX (January 2012) and Pioneers from Provincetown, at The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (Summer of 2013). He has worked on previous UAP projects and is delighted to be a part of the current project.

Educational Consultant

Margot Kinsey Jones has been an educator for 40+ years.  After graduating from the University of Wisconsin she joined the Peace Corps and served in Guayaquil, Ecuador. This experience led her to the Bank Street College of Education where she graduated in 1972.  From 1968-1999 she was a classroom teacher at P.S. 42 on the Lower East Side and P.S. 113 in Harlem.  Science, art and social issues were integral parts of her teaching. Between the two school assignments, she worked at the NYC Department of Education [DOE] as the coordinator and then director of IMPACT II, a grantmaking program funded by Exxon Education Foundation.  IMPACT II enabled teachers to disseminate successful projects and activities with the support of small grants.  While on a sabbatical to work on her doctorate in education and public policy at Teachers College-Columbia University, she interned for two years for the Vice President of Education at the AT&T Foundation.  From 1982-85, she served on the NYSTCA Performing Organizations Panel.  After retiring from the DOE in 1999, for five years Margot became the director of education for the Bread and Roses Cultural Program, an arm of 1199/SEIU labor unions. At the same time she began work as a staff development and training consultant for Ventures Education Systems Corporation.  Margot volunteered to tutor students at the East Side Community School and at Studio in a School, Inc., and currently tutors at The Posse Foundation. She is pleased to be an adviser on education curricula for the Urban Arts Projects and is particularly excited about UAP’s current programming.


Board of Directors

Judy Haselton is a Certified Financial Planner and Registered Life Planner®, specialzing in financial life planning and investment management. She has accumulated over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, having worked in investment banking with SmithBarney, in commercial banking with Bank of America and on her own, as a principal in private equity transactions. Earning both an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a Certificate in Financial Planning from New York University, she is also a member of NAPFA, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, the Financial Planning Association.

Colleen Pike Blair is a fine artist who has been promoting progressive education for the past 20 years in a sustained effort to invigorate progressive independent schools in the various communities in which she and her family have lived.  During her tenure as a trustee for the Alabama Waldorf School, Colleen designed and secured funding for a pilot program linking an urban public school kindergarten with the Waldorf School.  Colleen served for three years as president of the Board of Trustees at State College Friends School in State College, PA; she is currently a trustee for The Calhoun School in NYC.

Fern Fleischer Daves is an attorney with more than 25 years experience as in-house legal counsel and in private law practice with expertise in environmental sustainability.
Fern has served on the Board of Directors of the Thermostat Recycling Corporation and is currently TRC’s General Counsel. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Westchester/Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, and previously held leadership positions with the Corporate Environmental Enforcement Council, the American Bar Association and the Auditing Roundtable.
Fern earned her JD at Georgetown University Law Center, and BA/MS at American University.

Kim Vaadia has spent her entire professional life working in the visual arts.Kim has produced fine art exhibitions in Brooklyn and Manhattan, worked as a private art consultant, and also assisted artists exhibiting in the public sector. Kim graduated with honors from the University of California, and received her JD from Cardozo School of Law where she was an editor for the Arts and Entertainment law journal and a Belkin Scholar. Kim is thrilled to be a part of Urban Art Projects and is proud of our prior exhibitions and excited about our innovative future programming!


Mission

Urban Art Projects, Inc. is a non-profit corporation and 501(c)3 for charitable, educational purposes. Specifically, Urban Art Projects, Inc. will provide the organizational framework for public art exhibitions, both nationally and internationally.For current programming kindly view our “Current Projects” page.

Sponsors

Some of Urban Arts Projects’ prior events have been made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council. UAP has also received funding from a New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation FY2008 Initiative Grant sponsored by Assemblyman Joseph Lentol. In addition, UAP has received enthusiastic support and donations from multiple private individuals.

Art Advisory committee ( in formation )

John Koegel is an attorney and founder of the law firm The Koegel Group. Since 1982 he has specialized in “art law”, exclusively representing artists, galleries, and others involved with visual art in most areas of the law including litigation. He attended Fordham Law School and initially joined the law firm of Rogers & Wells. After a two year appointment as counsel to a National Commission appointed by President Carter in Washington D.C., he served as General Counsel and Secretary at the Museum of Modern Art. Over the years he has been actively involved in the drafting of legislation affecting the arts, especially including the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (the federal law of moral rights for artists). John Koegel did the necessary legal work to establish Urban Art Projects.

Education Advisor
Margot Kinsey Jones has been an educator for 40+ years.  After graduating from the University of Wisconsin she joined the Peace Corps and served in Guayaquil, Ecuador.  This experience led her to the Bank Street College of Education where she graduated in 1972.  From 1968-1999 she was a classroom teacher at P.S. 42 on the Lower East Side and P.S. 113 in Harlem.  Science, art and social issues were intregal parts of her teaching.

Between the two school assignments, she worked at the NYC Department of Education [DOE] as the coordinator and then director of IMPACT II, a grantmaking program funded by Exxon Education Foundation.  IMPACT II enabled teachers to disseminate successful projects and activities with the support of small grants.  While on a sabbatical to work on her doctorate in education and public policy at Teachers College-Columbia University, she interned for two years for the Vice President of Education at the AT&T Foundation.  From 1982-85, she served on the NYSTCA Performing Organizations Panel.
After retiring from the DOE in 1999, for five years Margot became the director of education for the Bread and Roses Cultural Program, an arm of 1199/SEIU labor unions.  At the same time she she began work as a staff development and training consultant for Ventures Education Systems Corporation where she continue to work.  Margot volunteered to tutor students at the East Side Community School, Studio in a School, Inc., and currently at The Posse Foundation. She is pleased to be an adviser on education curricula for the Urban Arts Projects and is particularly excited about UAP’s current programming.