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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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Because the arts are underfunded in schools, teachers have little to work with, and art is an incredible vehicle for delivering value. We believe that art does more than beautify, it changes us. We also believe that a truly equitable society provides creative inspiration and opportunities to everyone, no matter what neighborhood they’re from. In our 10+ year history, we’ve learned that art is an incredible tool for discovering the potential inside us all. 

Artists need opportunities to earn, companies are looking for unique ways to engage employees & give back to their communities, and art programs and teachers need more support every year. It’s a WIN-WIN-WIN!

Our model ensures that every time we execute a corporate art project, we can self-fund and deliver art program to the schools that need it most.

IPaintMyMind is an art agency made up of creative do-gooders who live at the intersection of art and community. 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 a self-funded sustainable 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, engaging employees, and being creative, collaborative, and aware.

Our Wheel of Impact prioritizes support of artists through paying projects, engagement of corporate client through value-generating art services, and direct delivery and co-creation of arts programs with educators and school administrators.

IPaintMyMind is thrilled to be a Gold Rated Guidestar nonprofit arts organization as well as a Top rated Nonprofit 5 years running on GreatNonprofits.org, qualifying us as a one of the top rated arts and culture nonprofit organizations in the country, and which is measure ONLY through direct feedback from the communities we serve.

25,000

CHICAGO
RESIDENTS

engaged citywide

160+

BUSINESSES &
COMMUNITIES

provided with exhibitions, experiences, programs

$150,000+

PAID TO
ARTISTS DIRECTLY

for art, murals, commissions

10+

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

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KAITLYN ROBERTS

Senior Project Manager & Design Lead

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KAREEM ELFIKY

Outreach Director

LILLIE THERIEAU

Editor & Content Strategist

ABEL ARCINIEGA

Lead Photographer

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JIM HOURICAN

Finance Director & Controller

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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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