Currently working and living in Berlin, Jana Nowack has studied Communication Design and Fine Art in Germany. She has lived and worked in many different places around the world including the USA, France and Iceland. Knowing that art and traveling are two important things to change one’s perspective, she dedicates her life to these activities. As the founder of KN-Space for Art in Context, she knows the importancy of exchanging ideas and having an international community. She is working as a Program Coordinator for ArtBound Initiative and as a freelance video editor for TV.
What is your favorite travel memory?
There is to many to pick one. Seeing the colors and movements of northern lights for the first time, driving through the endless desert, floating in the Dead Sea, riding a horse in a moon landscape, sneaking in Botanic Garden in Brooklyn and watching the fireflies at sunset, standing next to wild buffalos running up a hill…. Name it.
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
Incredibly much. Personally and professionally. The time since I am working for ArtBound was full of new experiences, challenges and happy moments. Working with the students and seeing Berlin through their eyes is a lot of fun. The students know that they are not alone abroad and that I am their advisor, who is familiar with the culture, the language and the local conditions.
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
The best stories are, when the students felt excited and motivated by their mentors and are inspired for their future work. When they get a job offer or an opportunity to exhibit their work, they are happy and I feel the program completely paid off. And of course some funny incidents with meeting people from a different culture.
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
The program in Hong Kong, because that's the only city I haven't been yet. Seeing the ArtBound promotion film, where a cinematic camera follows one of our students through the streets of Hong Kong made me really want to go there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phr-1pyy-SY
It’s city lights look really futuristic and I like cities next to the water. Also, I wouldn’t understand a word or being able to read a sign, which makes it more exciting and you have to be creative to navigate yourself through the city. I love the different sounds of big cities as well.
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
The whole concept of helping young people to go abroad, to gain work experiences in the creative industry and the wonderful energy of CEO Laura Bennegadi. Our team works great and I am proud of the students, who manage being in a different country and working in a processional environment so incredibly well.
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
To be truthful and to provide a good service, which fills a gap or need that was there and unfulfilled till now. Having a great team that works professional and is loyal. A good Corporate Design and promotion. Good feedback and flexibility to work with critique to make some changes. And after all happy workers and clients.