In January 2018, the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara (AD&A Museum, UCSB) partnered with impactmania and launched a unique collaboration. To cement this partnership, Paksy Plackis-Cheng, impactmania’s founder, was named Senior Fellow of Research and Media.
The AD&A Museum is partnering with online platform, impactmania, to develop a unique and ongoing collaborative series of exhibitions, events, and student internships related to some of the most pressing issues of our times. The inaugural topic and exhibition Women of Impact highlights impactmania’s focus on women’s contributions to society.
Although most media would like us to believe that women have taken a backseat in driving cultural, social, and economic impact, impactmania has featured more than 130 female change-makers in 30 countries, including artists, ambassadors, impact investors, social entrepreneurs, scientists, and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Considering the current empowering spirit and the enduring equality issues raised by women, this theme is perfectly timed.
The exhibition at the AD&A Museum underscores some of the featured women’s contributions through audio/visual installations. Additionally, there will be opportunities for the public to add their own voice.
This exhibition is complemented by a panel discussion on July 19th that includes women featured in the book from across the country, among them: Jean Kilbourne, Women Hall of Fame inductee 2017; Teresa Herd, Intel’s vice president Global Creative Direction; Laura Jana, M.D., award-winning author; AlizaShvartz; artist and scholar; Jodie Grenier, Marine Corps Veteran and executive director, Foundation for Women Warriors; Teresa Goines, executive director, Old Skool Café; Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, CEO and Chair of Pacific Air Industries and philanthropist; Carla De Landri, former senior producer "20/20" TV series and ABC News, Marla McNally Phillips, Theatre Producer, Miyoung Chun, scientist and entrepreneur, Thais Barros Beldi, Manager Strategy and Innovation, Facens University, from Brazil and Brittany Teei, Founder and CEO, KidsCoin from New Zealand.
Also attending: Masha Keating, artist; Laura Bialis, filmmaker; Alethea Tyner Paradis, founder and CEO, Peace Works Travel; Rachel Gloger, co-founder and Executive Director, SBTRAN; Jody Turner, strategist and writer, Culture of Future, Diana Starr Langley, founder and CEO, Integration Strategy; and others.
This exhibition has been created by the founder of impactmania, Paksy Plackis-Cheng, with AD&A Museum interns: Zoe Crouzat, Haoran "Tyler" Jiang, Nicollette Juchum, Madeleine Lazarovits, Marirose Meyer, and Winston Braun.