Foundation for New American Art

Board of Directors

Phoebe Hemenway Legere, President

Phoebe Legere has worked for decades teaching children as a volunteer on the Lower East Side of New York City. She is an internationally known artist and composer who has conducted and performed with symphony orchestras. Ms. Legere has been shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. Her paintings are held by major museums. Legere invented an instrument for disabled children to assist them in making music and in 2013 she built a 15 person alternative fuel vehicle to teach children about the environment. She has been commissioned by the Theater for the New City to write a new play with music (2017) about Child Labor around the world today. The play: "Schmatta! Savage Inequalities in the Rag Trade" will open Fall 2017.

"I learned from the example of generous, inspired American philanthropists like my childhood hero Jacob Blaustein (renowned for his work with the American Jewish Committee), my friend Michael Bloomberg, and my great Aunt Harriet Hemenway (who founded the Audubon Society). When we work diligently from our highest ideals, people CAN change the world."

Susan Rakowski, CFO, Vice President

Susan Rakowski worked with American Assistance to Cambodia to build a sustainable school /community center and garden in Stung Treng. She is the author of a series of books empowering young entrepreneurs. Her articles have appeared on the pages of the Wall Street Journal. She is widely syndicated. Ms.Rakowski is the former Editor in Chief of Small Business Opportunities. A long time philanthropist and advocate for women and children, Susan Rakowski is a graduate of New York Junior League's Nonprofit Board Clearinghouse training program, "Leadership Through Governance."

Dr. Barnaby Ruhe, Vice President

Dr Barnaby Ruhe, professor of art at Gallatin School of NYU, founder of Whitney Counterweight Museum Scaled Art Exhibitions in NYC, World Champion six times Boomerangist, healer, author, painter, advocate for women and children.

Urszula Abolik, Secretary

Urszula Abolik is an artist and community organizer. She has over twenty years experience as a teacher in the Pennsylvania public schools.


Danielle Hauser, Director of Arts in Education

Danielle Hauser is a performance artist and activist from the tiny Caribbean island of Anguilla. She grew up seeing the negative affects that a lack of community programs and artistic outlets can have on both children and adults. After studying Gender Studies and Religion at Tufts University, she decided to combine her love of performance with her love for community activism. She has been the Director of Theater for the New City’s Arts in Education program for 4 years. She is dedicated, and honored, to bring creativity, good energy and imagination to children in the vibrant Lower East Side.