Juliet Tarantino, primary blogger, moved to Chicago last fall from Albany, New York, and has enjoyed all that she has experienced of the Second City since then. While pursuing her B.A. in Anthropology and International Affairs at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire, Juliet organized and led a social justice awareness trip to Managua and San Ramon, Nicaragua.

She has also volunteered as a Refugee Mentor for a Burmese family and spent time as an English Tutor for a Sudanese woman in Albany, New York.  Juliet has worked for  Ten Thousand Villages and the New York State Labor-Religion Coalition, and she has lived in Ecuador and Spain.  She is a volunteer for the Cuentos Foundation, and she is interested in non-profits working internationally, fair trade, and visual anthropology.

Michele Feder-Nadoff is Cuentos Foundation’s creative founder and artistic director. Feder-Nadoff was born in Chicago, Illinois where she lives and works, along with Mexico. She received her BFA (1977) and MFA (1979) degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and was awarded the Edith Halkin Memorial Scholarship from the Painting and Drawing Department in 1977. She returned to SAIC to study foundry in the late 80’s-early 90’s and completed a Professional Certificate in Art Education in 1996.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, she will be a conducting research in Mexico as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. Feder-Nadoff has spent numerous apprenticeships under traditional coppersmiths in Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacán, Mexico for research and community organizing initiatives as Artistic Director of the Cuentos Foundation. She initially studied under Maestro Maximo Velazquez Correa in Cecati 166 in 1997; subsequently she was accepted to study in the family studio of respected village elder, Maestro Jesús Perez Ornelas, who is her mentor.

Feder-Nadoff’s work has been included in exhibitions in the Phyllis Kind and Tough Gallery in Chicago, the Venice Biennial, ARCO Madrid, and Rockford Art Museum and has been awarded numerous grants from the Illinois Arts Council. Her work is in private and public collections including the Illinois State Museum.

Sergio- bio coming soon!

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