Adarsh Alphons

Founder/Executive Director

Adarsh founded ProjectArt because he truly believes that art saves lives. Expelled from school when he was just 7 years old for drawing in every class, by the time he was 15, he was painting portraits for Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and the Pope—all because one teacher perceived his passion for art and believed in him. He is a CNN Hero, among the Top 50 Philanthropists in the World (Town & Country), represented US on behalf of the US Dept. of State, Columbia University Community Scholar, AmEx-Ashoka Emerging Innovator, Apollo 40 Under 40 and Hero of Education (City of New York).

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Diana Buckley

Director of Advancement

Over a decade, through working for art institutions large and small, Diana brings with her deep and broad experience in arts administration. Her journey has taken her from serving arts institutions in Chicago, New Orleans, to finally New York City, where she has focused on organizational development, helping forge partnerships and increase awareness with existing constituents from around the nation. She holds a MA in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans. An ardent volunteer since ProjectArt’s first days, she is eager to help find solutions to the national arts education crisis.

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Grace Ladd McDonald

Head of Programs

During her senior year at Baylor University, Grace founded an after-school arts education non-profit in Waco, TX. Inspired by the revitalizing impact of arts organizations in society, she moved to New York City in 2011 to pursue her Masters in Arts & Cultural Management from Pratt Institute. Grace joined the ProjectArt team in 2015 as Head of Programs to carry out her belief that arts education is a right, vital for sparking innovation and affirming human dignity.

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Lane Stansbury Lytle

External Affairs Director

Lane graduated with degrees in Art History, Arts Management and French from Southern Methodist University in May 2015. Previously, she attended Phillips Academy Andover in Andover, MA. Before ProjectArt, Lane joined us from FITZ & CO, where she worked closely with Art Basel. In her free time, Lane enjoys reading, cooking, trying new restaurants, and spinning.

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Zoë Flood Tardino

Program Associate

A recent graduate of Barnard College with a major in Art History, Zoë has spent much of her undergraduate career interning in a variety of art institutions including galleries, radio stations, and arts nonprofits. Her commitment to revealing art’s social, political, and personal function as well as making art as accessible as possible has permeated Zoë’s academic studies and career path.

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Elie Andersen


When Elie Andersen was in high school during the 2008 recession, she led a victorious effort against budget cuts in the school’s art department that kickstarted her passion for creative pedagogy. She earned her BFA from RISD’s graphic design department, and has remained confident that the most worthy client a designer can have is the general public. Elie also produces exhibitions at XXXI, a gallery that showcases designers’ non-commercial art practices, throws parties at the full moon, and is always scheming up new travel plans.

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Leandra Arvazzetti

Miami Program Director

As a Miami based Artist and Art Professor affiliated with numerous galleries, museums, and academic institutions, Leandra is passionately committed to the development of art and art education in her community. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida International University. As Program Director for ProjectArt and someone who knows the importance of nurturing artistic creativity, both on a personal and societal level, she is proud to participate in the expansion of free art education.

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Ellen Vial

Detroit Program Director

Ellen comes to ProjectArt by way of the civic sector. During undergrad at the University of Michigan, she taught hands on science workshops at libraries throughout Detroit and surrounding suburbs, cultivating a new appreciation for libraries as public resources. After graduating with a B.A. in International Studies and German, she took a position with an urban planning organization dedicated to promoting regional equity. Years of being involved in Detroit’s unique music and art scene has inspired her to leverage existing cultural hubs as a way to spread awareness of social issues and improve access to resources for city residents.

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