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Christie Chandler

A transplant from Atlanta, Christie Chandler has lived in the Jacksonville area for the past two years.  She studied marketing at Georgia Tech, and went on to work at AT&T creating marketing programs for the national sales force at corporate headquarters in New Jersey.  An opportunity to move to South Africa came along in 1996, and Christie then worked in marketing for Dimension Data’s software division.  She then spent most of the next 15 years living abroad in Paris and London, raising her three children and studying art. While in London, Christie studied at Central St. Martin’s, a leading-edge contemporary art and design school.  Since graduating in 2011, she has participated in group shows in London and two solo shows in Atlanta.  With these diverse educational experiences and a new-found world view, Christie returns to the Southeast with a fresh perspective and a deeper understanding of the transformational power of art.

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Heather Moore Geraghty

Co-Founder

A native of New Jersey, Heather is a graduate of George Mason University where she earned her degree in communications.  She held a series of communications positions in Baltimore, Maryland and Alexandria, Virginia until the birth of the first of her three children. During the course of multiple relocations, Heather has always found time to make her community a better place through organizations such as the American Lung Association, the Peace Child Foundation, Second Harvest Heartland and local schools.

 

Heather moved to Florida in 2011 and promptly joined United Way’s efforts to improve early childhood education by serving on the Success by 6 and Women in Local Leadership councils and the ReadingPals program, where she served as co-chair and a ReadingPal to 4 year-olds at Long Branch Elementary School. She’s participated in United Way’s volunteer delegation to Tallahassee advocating on behalf of VPK programs. Heather is committed to ensuring our underserved communities receive the education necessary to fulfill their potential and embraces her role as a voice to serve them.

 

In addition to her focus on early childhood education, Heather is passionate about the arts. She joined the Cathedral Arts Project in 2013, where she is chair-elect of the board of directors. She has also served as its secretary and the event chair for their annual Spring for the Arts fundraiser helping to secure over $500,000 in 2014 to expand access to arts education for the children of Jacksonville. The Heather Moore Geraghty Community Gallery at the Cathedral Arts Project’s downtown office is named in her honor and is designed to exhibit the work of local and national artists.

 

In addition to leadership positions with the Cathedral Arts Project, Heather created the Curating Confidence initiative.  Curating Confidence was launched in 2015 bringing arts education supporters and students together when donors contribute $5,000 for large-scale reproductions of individual student artwork. Each piece is showcased at the child’s school and exhibits throughout the community. Students receive public acknowledgment for their achievement by donors, school administrators, peers, and the community and their schools receive funding for arts education programs. The Curating Confidence program increases students’ overall confidence in themselves, their talent, and their ability to achieve success.

 

The Women’s Giving Alliance selected Heather in 2015 as a mentor for the launch of the WGA’s Delores Barr Weaver Fellows Program. She also serves as a trustee for Florida’s embassy, Florida House, in Washington, D.C. representing the Jacksonville chapter’s efforts to incorporate the Sarah D. McKay Civics Initiative in our schools. Currently, she is working on redesigning classrooms for the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center’s See the Girl: Girl Matters program and she’s a member of the host committee for the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s 40th anniversary gala, Boundless.

 

Heather has become a strong advocate in the community for the critical importance of arts education and the positive impact of art on the community. Her role at Arts Evolution is to introduce local businesses and non-profit organizations to the transformational potential of art and orchestrate projects that portray their mission and vision. Arts Evolution provides creative opportunities to educate, inspire, heal, and unite the community and, most importantly, express the voices of the clients each organization serves.