Fall 2005 Social Entrepreneur in Residence
Susan Rodgerson, Executive/Artistic Director of the Boston-based Artists for Humanity (AFH) will serve as the Wilson Center Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Pace University for the Fall 2005 term. A lifelong artist and entrepreneur, Susan Rodgerson directs AFH, a nonprofit youth development organization she co-founded with six urban teens in 1990. Tapping a wealth of young people hungry for the opportunity to share their voices with the world, the organization offers a structured, four-year paid apprenticeship program that pairs teens with experienced artists in a broad range of fine and commercial arts for product development and services to the business community.
Rodgerson will visit Pace campuses on Wednesday and Thursday 16-17 November 2005 to share her diverse experiences including the founding of an arts organization serving youth, running a social venture selling commercial art services, and building and operating a “green” studio and gallery facility in Boston's Fort Point Arts District.
Artists for Humanity, which Rodgerson calls her life work, followed many years of teaching large-scale collaborative painting to young people in every possible venue - school and church parking lots, playgrounds, and the back of her car. Over fifteen years, Rodgerson has developed AFH from a small painting studio to an internationally-recognized leader in the youth arts field.
6 October 2005
Helene & Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship