MAP is a New York City-based organization.

Email: mapinfo@mapfund.org
Phone: 212.226.1677 (voicemail only)

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Executive Director, Moira Brennan
Based in NYC; Pronouns: she/her/hers

Under Moira’s leadership, the MAP Fund has dramatically increased the number of proposals reviewed annually and expanded the program’s formidable impact on contemporary American performance. Moira transitioned MAP from an in-house program at Creative Capital to an independent organizations, incorporating a dedicated board and multiple stakeholders, including the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She also co-designed two ongoing projects, MAP’s Scaffolding for Performing Artists program (with David Sheingold), now in its eighth year, and, in 2017, the field-wide Equity in the Panel Room project (with Ama Codjoe). Moira represents the MAP Fund throughout the country as a speaker on the complex interplay between creativity, art, power, and money in contemporary culture, and sits on the board of Movement Research. A former editor at Ms. magazine, Ms. Brennan has written about arts and social justice for a variety of publications. She is a graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

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Program Associate, Syeda Malliha
Based in NYC; Pronouns: she/her/hers

As a Bangladeshi immigrant and Bronx native, Syeda is passionate about issues of privilege and access and is deeply committed to helping MAP continue its groundbreaking work in empowering traditionally underrepresented artists. At MAP Syeda provides direct assistance in running its grant program and helps shape its organizational development through ongoing research on equity and anti-oppressive communication. Prior to joining MAP, she worked at the New Press—a nonprofit publishing house—where she helped design publicity campaigns for criminal justice books and African literature, including novels by Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. Syeda has also worked with a variety of access-driven nonprofits and NGOs in the past, including the Legal Aid Society, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and the Laundromat Project. In her spare time Syeda writes about issues affecting first-generation immigrants and studies psychoanalytic theory surrounding issues of compassion and guilt. She is most interested in how people and institutions can employ restorative frameworks of justice through a lens of mutual culpability and care. Syeda holds a B.A. in English and Legal Theory from Amherst College.

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Kim photoDevelopment Associate, Kim Savarino
Based in NYC; Pronouns: she/her/hers

Kim supports the development and growth of MAP, contributing research to build and support a program centering equitability, transparency, and intersectional anti-racism. She has worked in various capacities as a facilitator, researcher, and consultant with organizations like Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Arts Action Research, and Dance/NYC. Kim is one of nine mentees in the 2018 Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training. She co-organizes an ongoing monthly gathering of Asian diaspora activists, artists, and advocates, and previously served as co-chair of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee. In addition to her work in arts administration, Kim is an artist, choreographer, and researcher. She has worked with Ivo Van Hove, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Third Rail Projects, and Alex Ketley/The Foundry, among others. Recent and upcoming projects include dance works led by Kelly Bartnik and Nadia Tykulsker, dramaturgy for Beth Graczyk/Desire Motor, and collaborations with multidisciplinary artists Lai Yi Ohlsen and Coel Rodriguez and Netherlands-based musician Annick Odom. She studied dance at Florida State University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Kim was born in Southern California and raised in West Virginia.

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Lauren photoDirector of Grants & Research, Lauren Slone
Based in NYC; Pronouns: she/her/hers

Lauren Ree Slone is a lifelong student of dance and a choreographic systems thinker who creates many different ways of connecting people and ideas. At MAP Fund, Lauren oversees the core grantmaking vision, strategy, and operations. She is deeply focused on aligning MAP’s structural practices with its mission and values in efforts to facilitate a truly iterative, responsive, and anti-oppressive resource distribution process. Her recent writing on MAP’s ongoing evolution can be found in Americans for the Arts’ curated ARTSblog Salon and the GIA Reader. Over the past decade, she has also collaborated with various arts organizations across the United States to share her own performance work, and to build infrastructure and opportunities for artists via the founding and/or design of new education, producing, residency, and presentation programs. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in Philosophy from West Virginia University, and an M.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida State University School of Dance where she was the first Andrew W. Mellon Arts Administration Fellow at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, a Ballet Pedagogy Fellow, and pursued choreographic research in Israel, Spain, and France.