In 2015, Hart Ginsburg founded Digital Tapestries in response to his experiences as a psychotherapist. Inspired by the healing potential of art, he aimed to serve the diverse needs of his clients through interactive books and short films. He soon expanded his visual materials by developing a workshop format, offering film screenings as well as panel discussions. Each of Digital Tapestries’ productions – films, books, and workshops – encourages meaningful dialogue and human connection and encourages participants to reach beyond a surface level response by awakening to their own humanistic capacities.
Since its inception, Digital Tapestries has grown into a team of artists and professionals that draw from digital media, art, social work, psychotherapy, and communications.
Hart Ginsburg works as a psychotherapist focusing on existential and narrative approaches. Outside of psychotherapy, Hart is involved in film and book projects that cover a wide range of topics on humanity and healing. Hart’s approach evolved from his life experiences, incorporating both Eastern, Western, and natural elements into his aesthetic approach. A few of his artistic influences are Charlie Chaplin, Maya Lin, Harry Callahan, and his parents.
Albert Chao is a graphic designer and a video editor. After graduating from Media Design, Albert worked at wedding filming, postcard design, and package design as well. He is a recent video editor to the Digital Tapestries team. As a multilingual, not only English, Chinese and Japanese, he also learning French and Spanish; moreover, he likes to travel and enthusiastic about architecture. That’s how he inspires himself and combines these elements in his design.
Ginger Leopoldo is an educator, actor, director, producer, and community organizer. She is a proud founding member of Pintig Cultural Group and the founding Artistic Director of the Center for Immigrant Resources and Community Arts (CIRCA) and currently serves as Executive Director. Ginger has designed youth heritage curricula with techniques that utilize a basic integrated theatre arts workshop methodology as well Activism & Art workshops. She received her B.A. and M.A. in theater from the University of Illinois at Chicago. and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in organizational leadership focusing on the pedagogy of the Theatre of the Oppressed and popular education.
Rooshey Hasnain, ph.d.
Dr. Rooshey Hasnain is a clinical assistant professor and community-engaged researcher with the Department of Disability and Human Development and the Undergraduate Rehabilitation Sciences Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She also serves as an Honors College Faculty Fellow, LEND faculty mentor to graduate and post graduate students, and the Capstone Coordinator for DHD’s Service Learning program for undergraduate students. In addition to her work at UIC, she has been affiliated with the
Association of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) in Oregon, Massachusetts, and Chicago for over 20 years. In all these roles, Dr. Hasnain initiates new disability-focused research agendas, new academic curricula, training programs, and service delivery models with multi-sector partners and groups. Her primary professional interest is addressing rights-based interventions through a cross-cultural lens and in partnership with people with disabilities and mental health conditions, especially
from intersecting identity groups and in particular those from Asian, refugee, immigrant, and limited English proficiency backgrounds. She has a long history of engaging in community–university partnerships that focus on cultural stigmas, advocacy and access, and quality-of-life agendas pertaining to disability and mental health across all age groups.
Jason Hoban is an audio engineer who specializes in recording, sound design and mixing. He works on media for animations, film, television, radio, and online platforms. Jason earned a Bachelor's of Science in the Recording Arts and a Master's of Science in Entertainment Business. In 2021, he was nominated for best sound design in the Nice International Film Festival.
Curation Team Assistant
Danbee (Deb) Kim is a designer, illustrator, and educator. She received her Master’s in Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, where she discovered her passions at the intersection of social justice practice and visual communications. Danbee currently designs and illustrates in partnership with grassroots social movements and other social-change oriented groups.
Stanley G. McCracken, Ph.D., LCSW
Stan is Senior Lecturer emeritus in the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. He has over forty years’ experience as a clinician, educator, and consultant. He served in the US Army from 1969-1974, as a Vietnamese linguist and a legal clerk. He has written about psychiatric rehabilitation, behavioral pharmacology, behavioral medicine, aging, motivational interviewing, and staff training. His current practice interests include mental health, drug, and medical problems; aging; veterans’ issues; and addressing cross-cultural and spiritual issues in direct practice. He regularly consults with Asian Human Services; Rush University Health and Aging; Lake County Veterans and Families Service Foundation; and the Professional Advisory Group for Advocate Condell Hospital Clinical Pastoral Education.
Musician & Vocalist
Kelsey Mira is a globally established performer, session singer, vocal coach, composer, and songwriter based in Los Angeles. She is known for her versatility in singing classical, ethereal, and pop vocals, which has her collaborating on music projects for commercial artists and music libraries not only as a vocalist, but as a respected lyricist and composer. She is the lead vocalist on video games, “Darksiders Genesis,” “Immortals Fenyx Rising,” and “Ori and the Will of the Wisps” during “Luma Pools.” Kelsey is an integral part of Beverly Hills where she has been the resident performer at the famous restaurant, 208 Rodeo on Rodeo Dr and Wilshire Blvd combining original music, pop covers, and opera, and performing for guests from all over the world. During the pandemic, Kelsey has gained recognition online for her Friday night livestreams, including an interview on BBC Radio in the UK, where she has many listeners. Kelsey is currently recording her album and working on music for upcoming video game releases and TV shows, as well as other projects!
Mayuko has spent her career developing innovative digital and print designs as well as web sites for clients across a broad range of industries. She very much enjoys working with ambitious and creative individuals like Digital Tapestries and helps them to achieve goals through forward-thinking designs and strategies. As a native Japanese living in Chicago, she is enthusiastic about networking with like minded individuals and enjoys introducing Japanese culture to people in Chicagoland.
Multimedia Creator & Consultant
Kyle graduated from Northwestern University and worked in advertising as websites were just beginning to be an essential business platform. He worked in graphic design, print production, websites, video production and editing. He also loves animation using Adobe products. He currently teaches Adobe software to high school students and was awarded teacher of the year in 2019. His background all ties together as he loves the art of storytelling in all forms. He enjoys a great book as much as he loves an engaging movie.