Dan Heit Elected to Museum Board of Directors

Dan was recently elected to the Board of the Mattress Factory museum located in Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhood.

Founded in 1977, the Mattress Factory is a contemporary art museum and experimental lab featuring site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world. The Mattress Factory’s mission is to: provide artists with an integrated residency and exhibition program, to educate and encourage people to understand and experience the multi-disciplinary creative process of installation artists, and to energize its urban neighborhood through expansion and development of artistic and education programs.  The Mattress Factory hosts a variety of programs for elementary, middle and high school students reaching thousands of children each year.

Dan’s willingness to join the Board reaffirms his commitment to helping communities build better futures and his belief that art enriches our lives. (more…)

Enhancing Transition Plans with the use of Family Group Decision Making!

Left to right: Colleen Cox, Amy Carr, and Jaclyn Conklin

Left to right: Colleen Cox, Amy Carr, and Jaclyn Conklin

On June 29, 2017, Amy Carr from Monroe County JusticeWorks, and Jaclyn Conklin, Director of Chester County JusticeWorks, partnered with Colleen Cox, Representative from the PA Child Welfare Resource Center, in conducting an informative and highly engaging presentation at this year’s State Wide Adoption Network (SWAN) conference. They were chosen to speak on the topic of ‘Using Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) to Enhance Youth Transition Plans.’ Amy, Jackie, and Colleen are very passionate about FGDM and how the FGDM philosophy assists in a youth’s successful transition out of the foster care system and back to the community. (more…)