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Breathe is a progressive and innovative foundation dedicated to artists. All artists. We offer opportunities, embracing each artist’s diversity and cultivating each artist’s creativity.
How to Breathe
We enable and educate. Enable every artist—the struggling and the accomplished, the part-time and the professional. And educate all—the beginner and the experienced, the young and the young at heart. Breathe passes the torch from the established to the unknown, and helps make an artist's creative vision a reality.
How? Through grants, scholarships, educational programs, support groups and seminars. Through networking and mentoring. Through Artists Series and Master classes. Through lectures and workshops.
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Come. Breathe differently.
Inhale, and experience growth. Benefit from our network of contacts. Be mentored by someone who has been there. Explore possibilities with others who can help put ideas in motion.
Exhale, and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you have opened a door for those in search of an opportunity. Give back what you can, and choose your means of doing so.
Have an idea? Bring it to life. Have knowledge and contacts? Share them and be a cornerstone for the future. Volunteer for a program or sponsor one.
Whatever role you choose, we are for you.
And you are for us.
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Breathe – A Foundation for the Artist |
Breathe – A Foundation for the Artist plans to serve individual artists and arts educators, promote their freedom to develop and create and provide the broader public with opportunities to experience and understand their work. Breathe will accomplish this by offering financial and informational assistance to educators, artists and organizations that directly serve artists, by offering educational seminars and workshops where ideas and opinions relating to all disciplines of the arts may be expressed and shared by others, by directly facilitating arts programming and supporting other arts programming in the larger community, and by building collaborative relationships with others who advocate and support all disciplines of the arts in Illinois State and throughout the country.
Breathe is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS - BIOS
Lori Maier, President
A graduate of the University of Miami's School of Music, Lori Maier has devoted over 15 years to education in the arts. She currently teaches voice at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, is a member of the Music Teacher's Association of California, serves as a vocal clinician for the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences and, while still living in Chicago, was the director of Depaul University's Jazz Vocal program. She has extensive experience in promoting and educating individual artists through an ongoing national songfest for female artists called Chick Singer Night® which is now entering its 15h year of production. Her experiences as a professional singer include recording and live performance, and her songwriting has earned her Billboard Magazine's Songwriter of the Year Award. Lori consistently implements and produces fundraising events for various churches and organizations, including Y-Me National Breast Cancer Awareness Organization and the 25th Anniversary Show for Children's Memorial Hospital.
Alyssa Maurer, Vice President
For the past 13 years Alyssa Maurer has been an illustrator and an art
director in Graphic Design and New Media. Alyssa graduated from the
University of Illinois where she studied Fine Arts, and continued her
education in computers and new media at Columbia College. She is the sole proprietor of her own graphic design business and has extensive experience in
Chicago’s theater industry as an art director of graphic design, including the acclaimed Goodman Theatre, a not-for-profit theater. Her charitable efforts include fundraising for Y-Me National Breast Cancer Awareness Organization.
Ingrid Graudins, Secretary
Since returning to the Chicago area in 1987, Ingrid Graudins has
combined her talents as a singer and songwriter, etching a musical
career that has brought her nationwide acclaim. Her extensive touring
with Jonatha Brooke covered the United States and Europe, and her
recording credits include album releases from MCA, Windham Hill and
Columbia Records. She is a freelance songwriter for television and radio
Commercials and a prolific songwriter. http://www.ingridg.com
Becki Hendricks-Gartner, Treasurer
Becki Hendricks-Gartner has devoted over 8 years to promoting Chicago local musicians through numerous musical showcases and workshops. She is the sole proprietor of her own web and graphics design business, and donates her time and creative energies to the design and upkeep of several websites devoted to the support, promotion and education of women in the arts. She has extensive experience in accounting and bookkeeping, having most recently served as the full charge Bookkeeper and Assistant to the Finance Director for the Chicago Reader, the country's leading alternative newspaper.