Art Film Foundation Names Porshé R. Garner, Ph. D., Executive Director


Date: 8/22/2018


Contact: Jerry Payonk, President of the Art Film Foundation,


Champaign, IL—The Art Film Foundation (AFF) announces the appointment of Porshé R. Garner to the newly created position of Executive Director. She will lead and oversee AFF’s fundraising, organizational management, and community relations. Founded in 2015, the mission of the Art Film Foundation (AFF) is to promote culture and education through film and cinema. The AFF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is recognized as such by the State of Illinois. In July 2017 the Art Theater Co-Op merged with The AFF and became its main program.

AFF President Jerry Payonk said, “The AFF Board of Directors are excited to start a new chapter in the history of the Art Theater and we’re confident that the Art Theater Community is going to be pleased with Porshé and the energy she brings to her job!”

Porshé R. Garner said,  “Joining the Art Film Foundation is an extraordinary opportunity. I look forward to collaborating with the AFF and the Art Theater Staff to build, learn, and connect diverse communities at the intersections of film and culture.”

Garner recently graduated from the College of Education at the University of Illinois with her Ph. D. in Education Policy Studies and a graduate minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. For the past ten years Garner has organized within the Champaign Urbana community around youth services with Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths (SOLHOT), a collective that engages artistic mediums for the purpose of Black girlhood celebration and freedom.

The Art Theater will be hosting a screening of Garner’s favorite film, Robert Townsend’s Holiday Heart, on Wednesday, September 26th at 7 p.m. The film will be followed by a question and answer segment as a welcome and celebration of our new ED.

Porshé R. Garner may be contacted at 217-552-1304 or


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