Our advisory panel is made up of artists, educators and activists. The panel offers guidance on every aspect of the project, from curriculum development to program implementation.


Mara Clawson, the subject of Living Art, is an award-winning artist whose work has been juried in to exhibitions all over the United States.  She uses pastels and iPad technology to convey her perception of the world.  In 2015, Mara started her business, When Colors Get Along. Mara says she knows when an art piece is completed ‘when colors get along.’

Mara was a 2016-2017 winner of the Kennedy Center and VSA’s Emerging Young Artists with Disabilities award, and her artwork is continuously exhibited around the country, including at Art Enables in Washington DC, at VisArts in Rockville, MD and in juried exhibitions nationally


Dr. Clawson graduated with honors from the University of Southern California and then attended Tufts University School of Medicine again graduating with honors.  He received his post-doctoral training in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.  He served as the Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and then the Chief of Psychiatry for the US Armed Forces in the Republic of Korea, and has held a number of positions to include Director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Consultation Liaison and Director of Psychiatric Training while at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is currently in private practice in Bethesda, Maryland.


In addition to her role as co-director of the Center for Religion and Media at NYU, Faye Ginsburg is the David Kriser Professor of Anthropology, founding and ongoing Director of the Center for Media, Culture and History, founder of the interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Culture and Media, and founding co-Director of the NYU Council for the Study of Disabilities. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work including research support and Fellowships from the MacArthur, Guggenheim, Spencer, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, as well as support from the Pew Charitable Trusts for the inauguration of the Center for Religion and Media. She is currently conducting research on Cultural Innovation and Learning Disabilities. Dr. Ginsburg is also the President of the Dysautonomia Foundation.


Maedi Tanham Carney is the founder of Integrated Living Opportunities (ILO), a 501c3 nonprofit incorporated in Washington DC which helps participating families to create supportive communities that facilitate networks of support for adults with disabilities to enable them to live independently. ILO does this by developing teams of paid and unpaid individuals for the self-advocates as they move out of their family houses into their own homes. Additionally, Maedi is a registered investment advisor with Chesapeake Investment Management, and the president of M&L Special Needs Planning, LLC.



Bio coming soon.