1st-Mile Institute – SARC: Executive Director
Richard Lowenberg has spent over 40 years creatively integrating understandings and grounded involvements in non-profit organizational development, architecture, environmental/ecosystems design, rural community planning, telecommunications networking, new-media and art/science initiatives.
He is founding director of the 1st-Mile Institute www.1st-mile.org, which in addition to the SARC program, is home to New Mexico’s ‘Broadband for All’ Initiative, awarded ARRA NTIA funding. As Senior Broadband Planner with Design Nine, Inc., he prepared the 2008 New Mexico “Integrated Strategic Broadband Initiative” plan for the Governor’s Office, and stewarded statewide ‘broadband stimulus’ initiatives in 2009-10. Doing broadband planning throughout the US, he has focused on ‘open’ rural eco-cultural development.
As Telluride Institute’s founding Programs Director www.tellurideinstitute.org, CO, 1985-96, Richard co-organized the annual Telluride Ideas Festivals, Composer to Composer and ArtsLab programs; and directed the InfoZone Project, making Telluride the first rural Internet POP in the U.S., and first wireless and pervasive community network, in the early 1990s. While Executive Director of the Davis Community Network (CA), 1996-2006, www2.dcn.org, he served on the National Research Council committee which published “Broadband – Bringing Home the Bits”, in 2002. He has advised tele-networked society initiatives in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe (Austria, Corsica, Majorca), Japan and Argentina. His writings have been widely published.
He taught at Pratt Institute, initiating its Media Arts program in 1971; taught and helped initiate TechnoCulture Studies at UC Davis, 2000-06; and has guest lectured and presented extensively.
Richard’s interdisciplinary media arts, installation, performance and arts-sciences works have involved collaborations with NASA, the Gorilla Foundation, military agencies and industries, and numerous research institutions. Artworks have been presented internationally, including at the Kitchen, Whitney Museum, San Francisco MOMA, Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf, NTT-ICC, Tokyo, Santa Fe CCA and the 1986 Venice Biennale. He is recipient of grants and awards from the NEA, State Arts Councils (Colorado, California and New Mexico), Art Matters, National Space Society, CPB, Apple, other institutions and companies. www.radlab.com/information
Richard serves on the Board of Parallel Studios’ Currents: International New Media Festival www.currentsnewmedia.org, and Advisory Board of the Media Literacy Project.