Mindy Faber is the Founding Director of Open Youth Networks, a program based at Columbia College Chicago that is designed to empower girls and urban youth to use emerging technologies, games and social media as a tool for social change. Mindy's career spans early work as a multiple prize-winning video artist, including a Rockefeller Intercultural Media Fellowship, Grand Prize at the Berlin Film Festival and a George W. Foster Peabody Award. In her role as a youth media activist and educator, Mindy’s signature approach is defined by a unique inter-generational collaborative process that helps youth explore radical new cultural forms such as games for change, political remix, virtual worlds, online interactivity and data visualization. Mindy currently works at Columbia College’s Interactive Arts and Media Department.
After attaining her MFA in Time Arts from the School of the Art institute of Chicago, Mindy served as the Associate Director of the Video Data Bank for twelve years. After receiving a 1996 Rockefeller Foundation Intercultural Fellowship, Mindy shifted her creative focus towards youth, collaborating with teens to produce several award-winning works. She then served as Director of Distribution for Video Machete and taught media arts at Evanston High School for several years. Her innovative new media arts curriculum and engaging teaching style has earned her invitations to speak at many national conferences. Through her group, Open Youth Networks, Mindy has constructed new curricular model programs based on participatory media and learning, including the Fair Use Remix Institute (FURI) and YouthLAB (Listening Across Borders). YouthLAB took place on site at IAM in the summer of 2007 and brought together 20 youth from Chicago and Barbados in virtual space for two -weeks of creative collaboration and cross-cultural exchange. Mindy is also the co-curator of YouTube-sized: Youth Personas, Pleasures and Protests - a video series that premiered at 24/7: DIY Video Summit sponsored by the School of Cinematic Arts at USC and the co-author of Ten Radical Things about YouTube published in the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. As an activist, Google Certified Trainer and advocate for youth, Mindy serves as the Coordinator of the Chicago Youth Voices Network, a city-wide coalition of youth media organizations.