Art in Common, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) community outreach non-profit charitable organization based in Ridgefield, CT whose mission is to promote creativity, increase community awareness around important social issues and foster connection across diverse populations. Creative connection focusing on what we share facilitates compassion and understanding.

We hold art-events to raise money for recently resettled refugee-artists (see pictures from our latest event) – who in turn receive 100% of their art-sales and bring the art process in the form of classes, workshops, and supplies to refugee-youth and adults in Connecticut).


  • The arts should be accessible to everyone

  • Creativity fuels life and enriches a community

  • We can identify with each other through the creative process

  • Appreciation of diverse populations is nurtured by creative exposure and support

  • Creative expression takes diverse forms

  • The process of creating art together and displaying it publicly creates strong bonds

We are 501(c)(3) compliant. You will receive a thank-you letter for donations made which can be submitted to the IRS with your tax return.

board of directors

126318975_2865647293759822_6545522742030939204_oAimee Jette, ATR, LPC, CLAT
President: Art in Common, Inc
President: Connecticut Art Therapy Association

Aimee founded Art in Common, Inc. in early 2016 after spending much of her life in the corporate world as a producer and designer. She served as a mentor for recently resettled refugees with the resettlement agency, Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants in Bridgeport, CT and helped launch Refugee Resettlement Ridgefield in her hometown. She was awarded a month-long artist residency in Laugavatn, Iceland in July 2016 where she focused on techniques to bring back to the work she does here in the States. In March 2018, she spent time abroad studying with Expressive Arts Ireland.  Aimee holds a Masters of Arts in Creative Arts Therapy Counseling from Hofstra University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Herbal Medicine. She is an Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor and practicing artist serving clients in Connecticut.

Mark_headshotMark Krantz: Chairman of the Board

Mark Krantz Productions is a New York-based entertainment and television company. He is the co-creator of The Mark Twain Prize as well as The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which has been awarded to Paul Simon at the Warner Theater, and to Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, Hal David, and Carole King at the White House. His many television, live event, and stage credits include In Performance at the White House: The Gospel Tradition (PBS), Richard Pryor’s I Ain’t Dead Yet! Birthday Special, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, George C. Wolfe’s Harlem Song, the Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremonies, Lewis Black’s Let Freedom Laugh comedy special, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Spring Gala. Mr. Krantz has also produced the legendary Friars Club Celebrity Roasts for more than a decade, most recently the Roast of Quentin Tarantino. To mark the one year anniversary of the tragic Sandy Hook, Connecticut school shootings, Mr. Krantz helped organize and produce a national vigil for victims of gun violence at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Additionally Mr. Krantz produced the Little Kids Rock gala, and The White House tribute to Ray Charles.

carmell_headshotCarmell Clark

Life Artist, author, speaker, and accountability coach, Carmell has worked with hundreds to influence transformation and behavioral change over the past 15 years. Through her latest work and signature system, Bare Minimum Genius, Carmell is training and mentoring on her influence strategies, accountability mindset + actions, and program development with thought leaders, entrepreneurs, managers and more.

With an interdisciplinary B.S. in Philosophy and Social Theory and a thriving company, Carmell has created location independence and lives and travels in different locations around the world for part of each year. She is a presenter at the Women’s Economic Forum in Delhi each year, a member of e-Women Network, and Chairperson of Travel and Influence for the All Ladies League.

As she works with clients across the U.S. and in 5 countries, Carmell is completing her first book, Life is Not One Thing. An oils artist, Carmell works with palette knives and large canvases, having held her first exhibition in 2014 with great success. She is an accomplished poet as well as a chef, having run side catering and developed a wide range of recipes. Carmell is co-founder of the Sexy Stein Salon, a women’s idea empowerment forum in the greater Salt Lake area. She is currently developing an entrepreneurial women’s mentorship program to work with non-profits in developing countries. She served as a contributing writer to the UV Review newspaper, president of the Gender Studies organization at Utah Valley University, and produced, directed and led the Oprah Winfrey’s Belief Series launch in Salt Lake City. She also produced, directed and performed in the Vagina Monologues 3 seasons in spite of Utah State attempting to shut it down.

Carmell worked as a project manager and lead technical design writer and consultant for several international software companies early on in her career. At the same time, Carmell built a successful local wellness center over 20 years that she sold to begin her current company in 2012. A professional instigator, Carmell’s great loves are people, sparking lasting behavioral change in her clients and audiences, traveling without a plan, spontaneous kindness, consciousness studies, running, the color orange, and laughing until she cries.

9772_5577309e6d250_land_lgMary Hayes Phelps

Mary has over 20 years of experience helping companies and individuals market themselves in Fairfield County. As the Director of Marketing at Stamford Center for the Arts, she managed a huge budget, negotiated contract rates and trade agreements, and ran the in-house advertising agency that was responsible for marketing all performances to the general public.   More recently Mary has been working in advertising sales with a variety of companies, helping them create successful targeted advertising campaigns.  The decision to move into real estate was simple:  “I was helping real estate companies and agents market their properties and brands for over 15 years.  Through that, I gained a working knowledge of the Fairfield County real estate market and a solid understanding of what it takes to be successful within that market.”

Mary has worked with many of the most successful agents in the area helping them develop their brand and sell properties.   Her strengths are in nurturing relationships and delivering excellent customer service.  She is energetic, professional, creative, attentive to detail and dedicated to her clients.

Mary has lived in and around Ridgefield for 30 years.  She has two sons who attend St. Luke’s School in New Canaan and participates in many activities including youth football, SCOR and more.  Her husband, Chris, grew up in Ridgefield and is a teacher and coach at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan.   She enjoys walking and running with her black lab Petey, as well as yoga, skiing, hiking, reading, and gardening.

Member of the National Assoc. of Realtors, Ct Assoc. of Realtors, Ridgefield Board of Realtors, licensed in CT.  AAS in Advertising & Communications, BA in English Literature.

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