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Using our creative network and skills to generate alternative ways of thinking about contemporary issues and furthering the knowledge, creativity and connectedness of our clients

Louisa McCall and Marie Cieri, Principals

AIC Advisors is an outgrowth of Artists in Context, a project founded in 2009 to research and analyze the ways that contemporary artists are collaborating with other creative thinkers to change perceptions and possibly behaviors related to critical issues of our time.


Our Philosophy

It is widely understood that global society is undergoing swift and powerful change and that  cultural beliefs and institutional systems need to evolve to survive the change. Due to the radical connectivity engendered by advanced technology, notions of a singular, solid impermeable point of view are outdated. So too, we believe, is the assumption that science , reason, and fact are the only source of knowledge.  To address societal change and to move toward a more innovative, just and sustainable world, AIC Advisors contend that we need to reunite artful ways of knowing with scientific ways of knowing in the pursuit of knowledge.

AIC Advisors was established from the simple notion that all organizations can benefit from curated situations that help to generate innovative and alternative ways of looking at issues, programs and systems.  Often organizations do not have access to the broad network of artists and other creative thinkers who can help them see things from a different perspective or develop a fresh approach.

AIC Advisors fills that void. With a highly tailored and strategic approach, AIC Advisors makes imaginative connections among artists and other creative individuals from different disciplines  and fields and develops the appropriate platform – a OneBook Book Club; a lecture, workshop or symposium; innovative public engagement  programs such a s Philosopher’s Walks or Cross-Species Dinners; in-depth residencies where artists are engaged in a long-term and equitable relationship with other researchers; a commissioned project; research; networking; and advocacy –to further the knowledge, relevance and connectivity of our clients.

Our Team

Marie Cieri Co-Director of Artists in Context and Principal, AIC Advisors From 2004 – 2008, Marie was assistant professor of social geography and critical cartography at The Ohio State University.  In her current work, she combines geographic techniques and perspectives with ones drawn from the arts and popular culture to create alternative representations of space and place from the perspective of populations who generally have little access to the tools and forums of the public sphere. Before becoming a geographer, Cieri had a diverse career as an arts producer, curator, consultant and writer. She was the founder and from 1987-present has been the director of The Arts Company, a non-profit organization based in Cambridge, MA, that collaborates with contemporary artists on the production, presentation and touring of new work in a variety of art forms. Her freelance work has included long-term cultural projects for The Rockefeller Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Kitchen in New York City. She also has held professional positions at Walker Art Center, the New England Foundation for the Arts and two daily newspapers. Among her publications are two books, including Activists Speak Out: Reflections on the Pursuit of Change in America (2000, Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press), which contains activist profiles from a variety of fields, including the arts.  Currently, Cieri is a critic in graduate studies at Rhode Island School of Design and a consultant on a number of projects dealing with the arts, freedom of information and/or social justice.  She also is working on a new book entitled Irresolvable Geographies, which explores the idea that spaces and places are continually constructed and contested from a number of cultural, economic and political points of view.

Louisa McCall, Co-Director of Artists in Context and Principal, AIC Advisors. Louisa was Program Director at the LEF Foundation from 2000 -2008, where she oversaw the investment of $4.3 million in 420 artist and organizational projects and created special strategic initiatives for independent film production, artist support systems, and public art, architecture and design.  Prior to joining LEF, Louisa organized a national conference for The Institute for Art and Civil Dialogue at Harvard University, in collaboration with Anna Deavere Smith, the W.E.B. DuBois Institute and the American Repertory Theater.    In her many freelance projects, Louisa has focused on strategic consulting and institutional advancement.  In 2006, she developed a vision and produced a strategic plan for the City of Boston Public Art Commission.  Louisa has been involved at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston as a member of the Board of Directors and as a strategic consultant for public programs and special artistic initiatives.