Mentors

Esther Robinson

Founder of ArtHome, Film Director, Producer
  • Video
  • Education
  • Finance

Esther Robinson has worked on behalf of artists for over 20 years in many capacities, including foundation program officer, television and film producer/director, technology entrepreneur and arts activist.

She is the founder of ArtHome, a non-profit that helps artists and their communities build assets and equity through financial literacy, credit access, home ownership and micro-enterprise support. ArtHome's programs have been supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, Leveraging Investments in Creativity/Ford Foundation, ArtPlace, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Esther is co-founder of ArtBuilt, a collaborative partnership providing small mobile workspaces for artists, social-service providers and micro-entrepreneurs, allowing them to work in new places and new ways. ArtBuilt Mobile Studios help their users cut costs and build assets at a scale that fits their economic lives, while also helping communities retain small, creative and socially engaged businesses and revitalize unused and under-used spaces.

In addition to ArtHome and ArtBuilt, from 1999 to 2006 Esther was the Director of Film/Video and Performing Arts for the Creative Capital Foundation and one of the principal architects of its innovative grant-making system.  From 2006-2010, Esther worked as a program design consultant and technical advisor on the landmark Ford Foundation community development initiative: "Shifting Sands – Art, Culture and Neighborhood Change.” Esther is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker/producer, whose work has won top prizes at the Berlin, Tribeca and Chicago film festivals and screened to critical acclaim internationally.