Mentorship Program Launched by Mission EDC

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Mentorship Program Launched by Mission EDC

Award-winning photographer Jackie Neale will serve as Mission EDC's mentorship program first Expert-in-Residence (photo by Benjamin Jarousch)
Award-winning photographer Jackie Neale will serve as Mission EDC’s first Expert-in-Residence (photo by Benjamin Jarousch)

Mentorship Program addresses need for creative professional development

Mission EDC has launched a new mentorship program, the Expert-in-Residence initiative, to address growing need of creative professional development and to connect Mission residents to experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and math. The program will encompass a temporary residency for a distinguished professional in the STEAM fields, a leadership program for young women and a series of idea exchange workshops open to the public.

Serving as the program’s first Expert-in-Residence from June to July is award-winning photographer Jackie Neale. Neale will mentor 15 members of the Mission community and teach them to create a competitive professional portfolio. Additionally, Neale will be available for consultation to the general public through events, workshops and office hours.

“With over twenty years of experience as a photographer, imaging producer, art director, author, and filmmaker, Ms. Neale is poised to provide first-rate training to our creative community,” said Alex Meade, CEO of the Mission EDC.

During her 15 years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Neale acted as producer, director and portrait photographer for the museum’s renowned digital projects The Artist Project, 82nd&Fifth, Connections, the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History and The Met Around the World, and served as an imaging consultant for MetPublications. Since 2012, Neale has also been the photography professor at the New York Film Academy in NYC. Neale published her first book, #SubwaySeries in 2015.

After the completion of Neale’s residency, the Mission EDC will continue to host Experts-in-Residence on a rolling basis. The Expert-in-Residence program will expand in the fall. Additions include a leadership component for young women and a series of workshops. More information regarding these two additional programs will be available in the summer of 2017.

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