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Archeworks Honors Sunny Fischer
at 2007 Graduation

Archeworks is pleased to announce that Archeworks friend and long time supporter Sunny Fischer, Executive Director of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, will be this year’s Honorary Diploma recipient and commencement speaker at Archeworks’s Class of 2007 Graduation ceremony on May 6th. The Driehaus Foundation benefits individuals and communities primarily by preserving and enhancing built and natural environments through historic preservation, recognition of quality community and landscape design, and conserving open space. The Foundation also supports the performing and visual arts and helps organizations that provide opportunities for economically disadvantaged individuals.

Born in New York City, Sunny Fischer was educated at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Her Masters degree is from the University of Chicago's School of Social Services Administration (SSA). She was a founding executive director of one of the first private women's foundations in the country, The Sophia Fund, and was the co-founder of the Chicago Foundation for Women. She has also worked with non-profits on fund-raising, board, and program development. For its two-year duration, from 1997-1999, she directed the City of Chicago/Cook County Welfare Reform Task Force. She has consulted for many foundations, including The Joyce Foundation (where she developed a funding program to raise immunization rates in Chicago's neighborhoods), The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Chicago Community Trust. 

Ms. Fischer serves on the boards of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the national Family Violence Prevention Fund, the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, the Heartland Alliance, as Vice-Chair of the Donors Forum of Chicago and Chair of the board of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

Each year Archeworks honors an individual for their outstanding contribution and commitment to promoting art and design education for socially conscious projects as part of the Archeworks commencement ceremony. Past recipients of the Honorary Diploma in Alternative Architecture and Design include Richard Solomon (Graham Foundation), Lois Weisberg (Cultural Affairs, City of Chicago), Terrence Curry SJ, AIA (Szent József Stúdió Kollégium) and Bryan Bell (Design Corps) . 

Archeworks Graduation will be held Sunday May 6th at 12:00pm at Archeworks.

Archeworks is located at 625 North Kingsbury Street (at Ontario)

RSVP online or call 312.867.7254 for more information on this event

Sunny Fischer

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