Jennifer Coleman is the Senior Program Officer of the Arts at The George Gund Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. The Foundation was established in 1952 with the basic goal of advancing human welfare, concentrating in the Greater Cleveland area. To date, the Foundation has made grants totaling over $713 million.
Before joining the Foundation, Jennifer followed her passion for the development of a more creative and vibrant Cleveland. She was president of her own architecture and design firm, Jennifer Coleman Creative, focusing on design and planning projects based in the city. She also founded CityProwl, a company that creates and distributes digital audio walking tours of downtown Cleveland and its neighborhoods www.cityprowl.com .
Among her many civic endeavors, Coleman has served as chair of both the Cleveland Landmarks Commission and the Downtown/Flats Design Review Committee. She also has been a member of the board of trustees of many organizations, including the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Cleveland International Film Festival, LAND studio, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance and the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
Jennifer received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. She was a 2002 American Marshall Memorial Fellow, voted as one of Cleveland Magazine’s Most Interesting People in 2013 and a speaker at TEDxCLE in 2014.
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GroundWorks DanceTheater is IMAGINATION YOU CAN SEE. Critically celebrated as an "artistically significant" ensemble, GroundWorks explores the nuances of the human experience through unique and adventurous choreography. This exciting, eclectic work brings audiences face-to-face with fresh, fascinating performances of passion, intellect and humor.
From its Northeast Ohio base, this group of outstanding artists has introduced dance lovers and neophytes alike to an experience that is unconventional, yet deeply human and resonating. From performing in unusual settings, collaborating with composers of new music, and featuring live musicians onstage, GroundWorks enriches its work with subtle layers of meaning that deepen the impact and enjoyment for the audience.
GroundWorks' repertoire includes works by selected guest choreographers and interdisciplinary artists. GroundWorks has commissioned 27 premieres from nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers - some of the most creative voices in the field - as well as 36 new works by Shimotakahara and 11 by Artistic Associate Amy Miller.
GroundWorks believes in developing its repertoire with work that challenges the range of its exceptional artists and in establishing a working relationship with guest choreographers interested in creating new work with the group. It is also interested in creating an audience that supports this work, through an understanding of its influences and sources built over time and learned from a variety of experiences with GroundWorks.