Kathleen Sweeney

Kathleen Sweeney is a multimedia storyteller. Her work in communications and strategic collaborations lies at the intersection of digital, urban and social change. Her video and web projects have been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Ford Foundation and other resources, with residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts; Cill Rialaig Art Center, Ireland; and Mind and Life Institute Europe, Germany. Her video art has exhibited at South by Southwest, Walker Art Center, Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie and other international venues.  

The author of Maiden USA: Girl Icons Come of Age, she is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at The New School, New York, with courses on girls leadership innovation and the power of positive news to change the world. She has been featured in The New Yorker, Gannett News and NPR, with photography and essays published in The Nation, Afterimage, and Indiewire.

Kathleen serves as a creative communications consultant to visionaries and changemakers, providing key insights to artists, filmmakers, writers and non-profits with an emphasis on locating their unique storytelling DNA.  She has produced multimedia campaigns for book and film launches, crowdfunding campaigns, apps and websites with a focus on mindfulness, social transformation and cultural breakthroughs. Recent collaborators include EcoWatch, The Garrison Institute, Matthieu Ricard’s Altruism, “The Last Dalai Lama?” documentary and Helen Whitney’s PBS broadcast, “Into the Night.”