Christopher M.M. Audain, Alphawood Foundation

TITLE:  Program Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Advocacy, archaeology, architecture and preservation, arts, arts education, domestic violence

CONTACT:  773-687-7684, caudain@alphawood.org

PROFILE: Christopher Audain joined the Alphawood Foundation as a program officer in May 2015. Upon his hiring, the foundation shared the following information:

Chris comes to the Foundation from The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago where he was Project and Finance Coordinator.  Prior to that, he was employed by the Art Institute of Chicago.  Chris has experience on both sides of the arts world—both as a presenter and a performer.  He earned a B.A. in political science with a minor in music at Kenyon College and a Masters in Arts Administration from Goucher College. 

His Americans for the Arts Annual Convention bio shared:

Christopher Audain works at the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago as Project and Finance Coordinator, managing programs and supporting general business procedures. Hailing from Nashville, TN, Chris left the south to attend Kenyon College (’08), majoring in political science, minoring in music, and singing in an a cappella group.

His MA in Arts Administration is from Goucher College (’14), and his thesis, “Rhetoric Matters: Framing the Cultural Impact Narrative in Arts Advocacy,” gives him a renewed perspective on the complicated relationship between public funding and the arts. He believes in the power of the arts to break down perverted preconceived notions that tend to divide, thus bringing people together through a shared humanity.

A singer at heart, Chris’ love for the arts is resolute. He hopes to hone his abilities as an arts advocate, contributing to increased funding and proliferation of access to all people.

And finally, Audain shares the following in his LinkedIn summary:

I believe in the power of the arts not only to shape community, enrich our experiences, and improve quality of life, but to help us break down the preconceived notions that tend to divide us. At the root, our stories and human condition tie us together, and the arts are pathway to understanding how we all want the same thing-- the opportunity and ability to live comfortable and freely. My career goal and personal mission is to help foster a cultural environment where the arts can flourish in all communities, and their inherent benefit can reach all people. I am driven to help organizations with missions that look outward to their surroundings and find creative ways to help those in need.

You can learn more about his interests and personality in his interview with the Chicago Reader. He has participated in storytelling events, racial violence protests, and he’s been a panelist for Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.