Our advisory team is comprised of professors, department chairs, administrators, journal editors, film studies directors, librarians, translators, and alumni of leading universities. Some of the participating universities include Oxford, Harvard, Sorbonne, Columbia, MIT, Princeton, UC Berkeley, McGill, University of Toronto, University of Milan, Trinity College Dublin, NYU, University of Iowa, University of Edinburgh, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Boston University, University of Warsaw, Łódź Film School, University of Leuven, University of Salamanca, University of Hong Kong, and Tel Aviv University, among others.




Founder of The Creative Process, Artist & Interviewer: Mia Funk

Committees are presently being formed in a number of participating universities in North America, Europe, and Asia.*
For more information on the universities involved and to find out how your university, magazine or library can participate in the exhibition, please contact us.


Interviews Curator and Supporting Events Coordinator (San Francisco): Scott Peterson (Head of Graduate Services Library & Morrison Library, UC Berkeley)

Poetry and Strategic Advisor: Heather Hartley (Current: Paris Editor, Tin House. Previous: Professor Creative Writing & Poetry, American University of Paris; Curator of Weekly Reading Series, Shakespeare & Company where she also helped organise their 2008/10 International Literary Festival FestivalandCo.)

Collaborating Curators (Guild Hall & The Hamptons Creative Community): Bruce Wolosoff, Elise Trucks, Josh Gladstone, Kate Mueth

Sound & Podcast Advisor: Cynthia Daniels (Recording Engineer, Producer & Musician, MonkMusic Studios)

Art Direction / Projection Elements Advisor: Tony Walton (director and production designer for Broadway, film, television, ballet and opera, including Mary Poppins, All That Jazz, Death of a Salesman, Murder on the Orient Express…)

A/V Development: Robert Levi (Filmmaker and Cinematographer, Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life)

Prof. Barbara Baert (Art Historian, Professor of Art History at KU Leuven & Founder of the Iconology Research Group)

A/V Advisor: Mats Hjelm (artist, documentary filmmaker and creator of multimedia installations)

Communications, Development Strategy and Operational Streamlining Advisor: Liz del Carmen Martinez (Current: Digital Strategy Director Brian Forde for Congress. Previous: HuffPost News & Originals Video Producer; Assistant Producer at Al Jazeera English.)

Philanthropic Development and Donor Relations: Linda Bouchard

Philanthropic Development and Donor Relations (United States): Lydia Broer (Previous: Director, Grants & Research, Alzheimer's Association, NYC; Director of Development, Hancock Shaker Village; Development Manager, South Street Seaport Museum, NYC )

Development & Strategy for Exhibitions, STEM and Supporting Events Advisor: Michael McCartney

Pure Imagination Program - Young Writers Mentor: Vincent Walsh (Current: English teacher, New Britain High School, CT. Previous: English Professor at Lehigh University and DeSales University.)

Digital Humanities and Comparative Cultural Studies Assignment Editor: Juliana Nalerio (Current: Modern Thought & Literature Program, Stanford)

Supporting Events Advisor, Grants & External Messaging (Hispanophone Countries): Ariana López di Rocco (Learning Technologies Professor, Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas, Venezuela)

Philanthropic Relations (Mexico) and Forecasting: Mario Alberto Ruiz Barrios (Current: Regional Finance & Adm Manager LATAM, Acciona Energy, NYC. Previous: Finance Manager, Saatchi & Saatchi, MexicoAccounting & Finance Coordinator, Grupo AeroMexico )

Social Media Curator/Projection Elements Coordinator: Robert Kaplan

The Art of Teaching and Poetry Advisor: Gerald Fleming

Travel Writing Curator: Erin Byrne (Author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France; Editor of Vignettes & Postcards from Paris and Vignettes & Postcards from Morocco; and writer of The Storykeeper film)

Global Literary Initiatives and Germanophone Literature Advisor: Rachel Hildebrandt (Publisher, German Translator, and Founder of Global Literature in Libraries Initiative)

Budget and Forecasting Advisor: Ron Meyers (Current: The Common Application, non-profit higher education NGO; Previous: Charter School Finance Specialist, EdOps; Senior Accountant, Raffa, PC.)



European Literature Advisor and Supporting Events Coordinator (Italy): Prof. Alessandro Cassol (Chairman of the Degree Course in Languages & Professor of Spanish Literature at University of Milan, and organiser of supporting events for the international festival BookCity)

Collaborating curators for events at the Byzantine Museum and European Conference for the Humanities Events:

Cultural Ambassador for Events (Greece): Angeliki Spiropoulou (Associate Professor of European Literature and Theory, The University of the Peloponnese; Research Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, The University of London)

Ioannis Trohopoulos (Former: UNESCO World Book Capital, Athens 2018-9, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center & Future Library Project)

Cultural Ambassador for Events (Europe): Silvana Colella (President of the European Consortium for Humanities Institutes and Centres. Professor, University of Macerata, Humanities Department.)

Collaborating Curator (Greece) : Panayotis Ioannidis – Poet, translator, editor (The Books) and educator (British Council, Athens and Onassis Foundation's Cavafy Archive)

Environmental Section: Goulandris Natural History Museum

Curriculum Integration and Supporting Events Advisor (Scotland): Dr. Jane McKie (Current: University of Edinburgh, English Literature Lecturer, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures. Previous: Tutor and Facilitator, Making it Home, Maryhill Integration Network, Glasgow.)

Interviews Curator (Belgium) and European Conference for the Humanities Coordinator: Ortwin de Graef (Professor of English Literature and Director of Advanced Master's Program in Literary Studies, University of Leuven)

Exhibition Coordinator, European Conference for the Humanities, University of Leuven: Tabea Hochstrasser

Technology and Media Advisor: Justin Hayes (Director Technology, Media and Telecommunications Consulting, Deloitte Ireland)

Cultural Ambassador and Curator for The Creative Process exhibition for the 800th Anniversary of the University of Salamanca: Ana Mª Manzanas Calvo (Associate Dean for International Relations; Director of the PhD Program in “Advanced English Studies: Languages and Literatures in Contact, University of Salamanca)

Translator for The Creative Process exhibition for the 800th Anniversary of the University of Salamanca and Cultural Ambassador for Hispanophone projects: Laura Moreano (Pour une Planète Sans Frontières)

Cultural Ambassador for The Creative Process in Italy: Heather Hartley

Pure Imagination Program - Young Writers Mentor: Anton Bonnici (Current: Literature & Theater Teacher, École Internationale Bilingue – The Victor Hugo School, Paris. Previous: Center Director at ITTI, Paris.)

International Voices Coordinator & Cultural Ambassador for The Creative Process in Italy: Pina Piccolo (Current: Co-Founder/Editor of La machine sognante The Dreaming MachinePrevious: Founder of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Bologna; Contributing editor / translator, Sagarana )

Cultural Ambassador for The Creative Process in Europe, Humanities Advisor: María Elena del Valle (Current: Universidad Metropolitana, full time research professor, Department of Education Sciences and Humanities.)

Cultural Ambassador for The Creative Process in Spain: Juliana Nalerio

Supporting Events Organizer (Holland) & Translations Advisor: Patrick Healy (Senior Researcher, TU Delft)

Cultural Ambassador for The Creative Process in Poland and Norway; Film Collaborations Advisor: Piotr Ryczko

International Voices and Film Advisor: Tim Holm (Previous: Representative in France of the University of Iowa International Writing ProgramFestival Franco Anglais de Poesie; UNESCO Poetry Festival - Special Edition Editor)

Film Collaborations (Poland) and curriculum integration of special 4th year courses combining film and literature: Piotr Mikucki (Dean of Direction Dept., Lodz Film School), Marcin Malatyñski (Deputy Director and Head of International Relations, Lodz Film School), and Bronka Nowicka (multidisciplinary artist and director of special 4th year courses).

Strategy Consultant & Supporting Events Advisor (Russia): Elena Ovsyannikova

Communications Liaisons (Europe): Xénia Dutoit


Curators of the Sorbonne Exhibition of The Creative Process:
Monique Lier, Direction de la Logistique, Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne
Nadia Jacoby, Vice-présidente chargée du numérique et de la communication, Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne

Assistant Curator: Marie Kosmaci

Translations Organizer of the Sorbonne Exhibition of The Creative Process: Olivia Reulier

Co-Curator of Editorial of the Sorbonne Exhibition of The Creative Process: Lethokuhle Msimang 

Cultural Liaisons Officer for the Sorbonne Exhibition of The Creative Process: Nicolas Varaine

Arts PR for the Sorbonne Exhibition of The Creative Process: Laurent Atlan

Arts PR, Fine Art Consultant and Ways of Seeing Advisor (Europe & Asia): Michael Bouhanna (Sotheby's/Artelia Éditions)

Translations: Vasilena Koleva, Lou Churin, Eerika Pynnönen, Ariane Ravier, Laurent Atlan, Lilas Cuby & Mia Funk

Editorial Assistants (France): Lethokuhle Msimang, Amelia Goodman

Events & Social Media Organizer for The Creative Process (France): Maeve Dare (Current: Events Organizer Frick Collection; Previous: Audience Development, FITZ & CO)


Cultural Ambassador and Coordinator for East Asia Events: Shu Yu Lin (Current: Conference Coordinator Bureau de Représentation de Taipei en France)

Translations & University Liaisons (Mandarin): Manon Ya-Ching Wu (Previous: translator-interpreter Concours de Lépine; translator Centre d'Action Sociale de la Ville de Paris)

Cultural Ambassador for Events in China: Lethokuhle Msimang

Philanthropic Research and Supporting Events (China): Xinshu Wang

Curation Asian/Contemporary Art and Section Editor of Visual & Literary Art Initiatives: Elaine Chiew (Current: Adjunct Instructor School of the Arts, Singapore; Contributor ArtsEquator; Previous: Vice President, Special Executions, Goldman Sachs, New York, Hong Kong)

Cross-Genre Initiatives and Supporting Events Advisor (Singapore): Eva Wong Nava (CarpeArte Journal)

Cultural Ambassador (Singapore):
Kimberly Leong  (Previous: Account Manager / Olympic Games corporate campaign coordinator GMR Marketing / Omnicom Group; Events Coordinator Media Development Authority of Singapore - MIPTV Singapore Pavillion, Cannes.)



Cultural Ambassador for Events in South Africa: Lethokuhle Msimang

Cultural Ambassadors for Events in Morocco:
Oman Chennafi (Photographer and Founder of international artists event Fez Gathering)
Erin Byrne, writer and founder of LitWings
Meryem Laharichi, Linda Bouchard, Meryem Ouelfatmi (celebrating World Sacred Music Festival & Moroccan Culture)

David Amster (American Language Center, Fez)



Collaborating Curator, Cultural Ambassador and Cultural Exchanges (Saudi Arabia): Noor K. Amulla, Dahlia Baeshen


Executive Editor: Mia Funk

Interviews Editors:

Lethokuhle Msimang (Interviews Editor & Cultural Ambassador for Events in China and South Africa)

Young Writers: Vincent Walsh & Anton Bonnici

Flash Fiction Curator: Meg Pokrass (Current: Festival Curator for Bath Flash Fiction Festival)

Film School Liaisons & Visual Art Initiatives: Riki Suzanne Davis (Previous: Champs Elysées Film Festival)

Visual Arts Coordinator & Cultural Liaisons: Max Johnson

International Voices & Resistance through Writing: Ramsha Ashraf (Previous: Writer in Residence at International Writing Program, University of Iowa) and Dahlia Baeshen

Project Manager & Associate Podcast Producer (America):
Sorella Lark (Past: Co-Editor-in-Chief, Eckerd Review)

Experiential Learning Coordinator & Associate Podcast Producer (International Voices): Laura Moreano

The Creative Process could not be the constantly evolving traveling exhibition that it is without participating students, faculty, and regional team members. Special thanks to our associate podcast producers and collaborating curators who help make exhibitions comprehensive and a true celebration of their university and region.

Associate Podcast Producers & Interviewers
David Michael Kleinman (Brown University & Rhode Island)
Benjamin Appel (Columbia University & NYC)
Eliana Rose Gayle-Schneider (Barnard College & NYC)
Odemi Pessu (Brown University & Rhode Island)
Arié Bensabat (École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts & Tokyo University of the Arts)
Lamberto Lopez (UC Berkeley & Bay Area)
Mary K. McCluskey (Fordham College & NY)
Khanh Dinh (University of Washington - focus on creative & educational community of Seattle and Vietnam)
Taylor Crain (Rice University & Texas)
Ayuni Kelton (UCLA - focus on Native American Culture & Psychology)
Edward Checketts (Sarah Lawrence College - focus on Drama, Psychology & International Stories)
Margaret Innis (University of Michigan - focus Arts, Anthropology & Greek culture)
Lilas Cuby de Borville (Sorbonne, Biennale de Lyon & Art Interviews)
Amanda Jane Ciletti (University of South Carolina)
Yi Chen Wang (University of Washington & Cultural Liaisons Singapore)
Maria Hernandez (DePaul University)
Radhika Kaushik (focus on UC Irvine & Indian Art)
Allison Clare Theveny (Northwestern University - focus on Writing for Screen & Stage)
Sarah-Huddock Jeffrey (University South Carolina - spotlight on social justice issues)
Hanyue Amy Ouyang (Northwestern University & Cultural Liaisons, China)
Elizabeth Peck (Brown University - spotlight on Biology, Education & Dance)
Danny Ali (UC Irvine - spotlight on Anthropology & Art)
Joey McGlone (spotlight on Portland, Oregon)
Cole Alexander Nalbandian (DePaul University, A/V, Documentary, Social & Educational Initiatives)
Shanyuan Kiera Yu (University of Chicago, Art of Translation & Cultural Liaisons China)
Evelyn Xue (University of Chicago & Cultural Liaisons China)
Riki Suzanne Davis (Washington, D.C. & NYC)
Rohitash Gupta (Sarah Lawrence College)

International Digital Curator
Helen Chang (focus on Art, Psychology & University of Washington)

Collaborating Curators
Dane Kendall Reeb (celebrating UC Berkeley, Bay Area & The Art of Curation)
Zixuan Zhang (George Washington University & Asian Art)
Gabriela Calderon (American University, Washington, D.C. & Latino Art)
Ally Chou (UCLA, focus on Los Angeles & Contemporary Chinese Art)
Laia Casadesus Antonio (George Washington University)
Reina Protzel (Tulane University & Community Art Initiatives)
Danielle New (University of Washington)
Rachel Wachter (University of Iowa)
Michelle Ratchford (Michigan State University)
Evelyn Xue (University of Chicago & Cultural Liaisons China)
Crystal Ly (UC Irvine & Visual Arts Interviews)
Jessica Zhan (University of Chicago)

Performing Arts Liaisons & Supporting Events Advisor (Russia): Tuyara Zakharova (Current: Cours Florent)

Young Writers and Artists Curators & Community Organizers - High Schools & Inner City Initiatives
Allene Acosta (High School & Inner City Initiatives)
Cole Alexander Nalbandian (Inner City Initiatives)
Rohitash Gupta (High School Initiatives & Writing Clubs)
Ayuni Kelton (Native American Liaisons)
Sarah-Huddock Jeffrey (High School Initiatives)
Maria Hernandez (Kansas City & Inner City Initiatives)

Young Artists Ambassadors (Paris): Basile Guichard (Theater) & Alexandra Bamberger (Literature)

Liaisons and Research
Alessandra de Rada (Pitzer College & Cultural Liaisons, Bolivia)

Short Film Collaborations and Initiatives are being conducted with participating universities and film schools, with thanks to the insights of Piotr Mikucki, Marcin Malatyñski and Bronka Nowicka of Lodz Film School for their special 4th-year courses combining film literature

* Logistics and dates for the physical exhibition are currently being organised with universities. We will be capping the number of institutions participating in the physical exhibition of The Creative Process at 40 leading universities around the world.

We are endebted to a number of past collaborators whose input and ideas have helped expand the international content and audience reach and helped make it the traveling exhibition and educational initiative it is today.

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