non profit


10
Jun 09

Joshua Dean, Aerialist

Joshua Dean, At the Trapeze School NY © Tony Gale

Joshua Dean, At the Trapeze School NY © Tony Gale

Joshua Dean, Aerialist

Joshua Dean is an aerialist… which would make any person interesting!!! You can not only take a class from him at the Trapeze School New York, but you can watch him perform with his company Suspended Cirque . He is Amazing and Beautiful to watch!! And if you take his class, his positive energy motivates and inspires (he will even take a kick or two in the face from beginning students, without getting mad). Oh and his socks never match, which makes you wonder if it is always a coincidence or on purpose.. interesting none the less.

Nominated and described by Ellen Stevenson


1
Apr 09

Allison Maritza Lasky, founding member of F.O.K.U.S.

Allison Maritza Lasky, in Brooklyn. © Tony Gale

Allison Maritza Lasky, in Brooklyn. © Tony Gale

Allison Maritza Lasky

Allison reminds me of that slogan from the army – “we do more before 6 am than most people do all day”!  and she MEANS it!

Her day job, working as a preschool administrative assistant, is really just her “Clark Kent” cover to support her life and passion in supporting art.  In 2003, when she was a sophomore in college, (while most of us were recovering from a frat party)  Allison became a founding member of F.O.K.U.S. – a student group designed to bring a passion for art, music and outreach work to campus at the University of Michigan.  Their very first event, a movie screening, brought in over 100 people.

Today, F.O.K.U.S – which stands for “fighting obstacles knowing ultimate success” still exists on campus at U of M, but Allison and one of her co-founders moved back home to NYC after graduation and started it up as a 501c3 non-profit here.  They have a website, a quarterly magazine and host monthly events.

Their slogan is “Art is life.  Art is…”  The idea is that every individual will fill in the rest of their sentence with their own passion.  For Allison, it is “Art is life.  Art is activism.”

Nominated and described by Lisa Samick