Dorothy Dunn is a creative leader and catalyst, cultural producer and educator. Working with the Smithsonian Institution, the Philip Johnson Glass House, the Aspen Institute, and AIGA, among others, Dunn is recognized for launching organizations, experiences, cross-disciplinary programs, partnerships and products that promote positive engagement and stimulate creative leadership and action.
Dorothy was the founding Director of America: Now and Here, a pioneering venture to position art (including visual art, poetry, film, music and theater) as a catalyst for civil dialogue in communities across the country. Working closely with artist Eric Fischl, Dorothy led a national team to build a new non-profit organization and to produce the project, including strategic and fundraising plans, producing all creative content (including publications, films, installations, music), interpretation and visitor engagement strategies, programs, products, and community and academic partnerships.
Through the project launch in Kansas City, Missouri (2011), ANH partnered with more than one hundred Kansas City artists and more than fifty cultural and community organizations including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Art Institute, the American Jazz Museum and Mid-America Arts Alliance, to realize a multi-disciplinary creative experience. This month-long ANH pilot engaged more than 15,000 people and was featured in news and media including NPR, CBS, The New York Times, The Kansas City Star, and social media.Previously, Dorothy was Director of Visitor Experience and Fellowships for the public opening of The Philip Johnson Glass House, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. There, she produced and launched Glass House Conversations, a series of salons on inspiring themes relevant to culture, preservation, science, education and leadership which were documented on an interactive web site extending the audience. She also produced Design Literacy Retreat, and Openings (a series of short films), the Glass House Oral History Project, and all visitor engagement and interpretation strategies.
Dorothy was Director of Education at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, where her innovations earned her the inaugural Smithsonian Education Achievement Award in 2004 in recognition of her leadership in building the National Design Museum’s educational vision. In that role she conceived and launched groundbreaking national program models, including Summer Design Institute, City of Neighborhoods and High School Design Days as well as numerous conferences and study tours.
Dorothy was also Director of Programs at AIGA, the professional association for design, where she repositioned the International Design Conference at Aspen, the world’s oldest forum for business and design leaders, Director of Education, University Museums, Iowa State University, and Director of Education, The Bennington Museum in Vermont.
She studied at Interlochen Arts Academy (HS), Reed College, Hampshire College (BA), and Bank Street College (MA). She is on the board of Openhousenewyork and serves as an advisor for the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art and a member of the Education Committee for the Aldrich Museum.
Allen Prusis brings more than 25 years of cultural production, organizational management, and operational experience to Dorothy Dunn Consulting.
Previously Allen was the Deputy Director of America: Now and Here where he responsible for the development of programs, installations, and initiatives focusing on the organizations mission of using art to create positive conversations about America across the country.
Allen has played an integral role in the management of firms such as Rockwell Group and Michael Graves, Architect. At Rockwell Group, Allen was the Managing Principal and working closely with David Rockwell, was responsible for various aspects of the firm including strategic planning and new services, financial management, marketing, human resources, public relations, contract and legal, information technology, and support staff. Under Allen’s supervision, the firm was able to expand significantly, increasing the number of employees from 30 to 175.For clients, he participated in strategic planning, brainstorming, developing alternative fee and financing models, and developing new products and services.Prior to Rockwell Group, Allen was Financial Manager at Michael Graves, Architect, a firm known for its design for a wide range of project types including master planning, programming, architectural design, interiors and products. In addition to being responsible for the firm’s financial administration, he worked with the Managing Principal on all aspects of the firm’s operations. During his tenure there, the firm grew from 25 to over 100 people.
Allen received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1980.