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Dave Spencer

Director of Art and Culture

Phone: 773-275-5871
Address: 3401 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL 60625
Brief info

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Dave earned his M. A. in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 2002 he has undertaken myriad curatorial practices/exhibitions. Dave served on the Local Arts Agencies Advisory Panel for the Illinois Arts Council and taught a contemporary Native American contemporary art history course at Native American Educational Services College and the College of DuPage. He also served as a co-curator of the “Our Lives” inaugural exhibit about contemporary urban Native Americans at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC. From 2007-10, Dave was the Assistant Curator at Aurora University’s Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures. From 2007-2015, he served on the board of directors for the First Nations Film and Video Festival. Dave remains an active consultant for Native-based public arts programming for purposes of (Native) self-representation through image, sustaining cultural practices, attaining community balance, and for the sake of pedagogical missions to the broader community. Presently, Dave is the Director of Art and Culture for the American Indian Center, providing leadership, coordination and program development for organizational fundraising endeavors. For several years, Dave served on the Scholarship Committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Chicago Chapter. In 2013, via Native Americans in Philanthropy, Dave completed the Circles of Leadership Academy - a vital leadership development program designed to educate and empower Native American leadership in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.