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Working with Evan and IPaintMyMind has been nothing but a great experience for myself and for Altair. Evan as an artist is beyond talented but he is also great at running his nonprofit. I look forward to continuing to partner with Evan and IPMM. If you haven’t heard of IPMM, check them out!

Sydney Church

Altair Advisers
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We believe that art does more than beautify, it changes us. We also believe that a truly equal society provides creative inspiration and opportunities to everyone, no matter what neighborhood they’re from. We’ve learned that art is an incredible tool for discovering the potential inside us all. 

That said, artists need opportunities to earn, companies are looking for unique ways to give back to their communities, and art programs are being defunded more every year.

We pay working artists, curate creative experiences, and encourage the budding artists of tomorrow. We believe in cities that support one another and are dedicated to making the world a more creative & connected place.

IPaintMyMind is a group of creative do-gooders. We’re organizers, curators, ethnographers, educators, and artists. We create, curate, produce, and deliver art services and programs that fund the majority of our FREE and low-cost art programs for schools and underserved communities. As a nonprofit, we’re innovative and agile. As partners, we’re kind, attentive, creative, and fun.

IPaintMyMind is a way of wondering about new ways to connect people through art as it is any one initiative or service. What creative challenges can we solve together?

Whether working with artists, businesses, schools and local communities, or art lovers, IPaintMyMind is your trusted guide, helping you to create connection through the universal power of art.

Through an entrepreneurial nonprofit development model that prioritizes art services ahead of donations & grants, we provide businesses with the chance to give back while outfitting their space with art.

IPaintMyMind is thrilled to be a Gold Rated Guidestar nonprofit arts organization, qualifying us as a one of the top rated arts and culture nonprofit organizations in the country. As a 501(c)(3), Guidestar serves as the gold standard for evaluating exceptional charitable organizations & were proud to be included.

20,000

CHICAGO
RESIDENTS

engaged citywide

115+

BUSINESSES &
COMMUNITIES

provided with exhibitions

1800+

PIECES
OF ART

purchased directly from artists

8+

YEARS

community collaboration

OUR TEAM

EVAN LA RUFFA

Founder & Executive Director

BRIAN FLANNERY

Founding Board Member

JOSH HOEKWATER

Board Chair

ROXY PIERSANTI

Board Member

LEVI BAER

Impact Advisor

CHEVY WILLIAMS

Impact Advisor

SAM KIRK

Impact Advisor

WENDY BONHAM-CARTER

Paid Search Director

LILLIE THERIEAU

Editor & Content Strategist

KAITLYN ROBERTS

Graphic Design Lead & Programs Assistant

ABEL ARCINIEGA

Lead Photographer

JIM HOURICAN

Finance Director & Controller

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NOEMI GARCIA

Outreach Manager

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KAT ROBERTS

Editorial Contributor

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SUSANNA FONTENOT

Social Media & Email Marketing Manager

CRISTAL TUCKER

Art Collection Assistant

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FERRY PRIMA

Video Editor

Press & Events

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Drab office walls get splash of art that gives back

The Shared Walls program uses money from corporate art leases to fund its school installations: iPaintMyMind buys artwork from artists, mostly local; companies and businesses, such as Altair Advisers, pay to lease art collections from IPaintMyMind; and the revenue from corporate leases is used to put up galleries in community spaces, such as public schools, libraries and community youth centers, La Ruffa said.

September 13, 2019

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