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Marwen Launches Associate Board

Marwen Launches Associate Board

Arts education non profit organization Marwen, which provides free arts education to students from under-resourced neighborhoods and schools in Chicago, recently announced the formation of an Associate Board!!! The newly launched Marwen Associate Board is composed of corporate, nonprofit, and civic leaders – three of whom are Marwen Alumni. The Associate Board members are appointed by Marwen’s Board of Directors.

The first cohort of 13 members are: Stephanie Adams (Art Director — Publicis Groupe), Roshi Ahmadian (Senior Associate for Global Philanthropy — JP Morgan Chase), Alexandra Bishop (Artist — Murmur Ring), Jarius Brookins (multidisciplinary creative — Allstate *Marwen Alum), Natasha Cooper (Finance — Merrill Lynch), Emily Krupnick (The Krupnick Approach), Whitney LaMora (Curator, Producer — Drinking Policy), Mayra Palafox (Marwen Alum), Caroline Quazzo-Elnick (Customer Solutions Engineering Lead — Camber), Alexis Smyser-DeLeon (Policy and Communications professional — 26th Ward Alderperson Jessie Fuentes, *Marwen Alum), Daphne Stratta (Luxury Brand Specialist — Constellation Brands), Elijah Teague (Design Strategist — Gensler), and Dana Treglia (Donor Communications Manager — Feeding America).

The Associate Board will actively support Marwen’s mission through community building and fundraising while fostering personal and professional growth among its members. Their main objectives are to expand upon the success of Marwen’s Art Fair through fundraising and outreach, and to provide a pathway for emerging leaders to become trustees of the organization.

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Marwen educates and inspires young people to nurture their growth and build their futures through art and community. Founded in 1987, Marwen has supported more than 14,000 young people through our no-cost studio arts courses, academic counseling, and professional development programs. Our programs are especially crucial to Chicago’s low-income communities of color, who face systemic barriers to accessing high-quality arts education and pathways to creative careers. Marwen’s programming nurtures young people’s creative expression, affirms their identities and choices, and builds their connections to peers and mentors. The skills, confidence, and relationships that begin at Marwen open doors to futures filled with possibilities. Marwen relies on support from generous donors to sustain our robust programming and to keep all our programs at no cost to young people and their families.

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