Joe Ahearn, Curator, is an explorer of the interdependence between lifestyle, community, and arts practice. Since 2008 he has been a resident curator of the Brooklyn/Queens performance and arts collective Silent Barn, a leading voice in the new national network of music spaces. Ahearn spent six years as the Managing Director of Showpaper, a non-profit, bi-weekly arts and music newsprint. Ahearn is a frequent participant on panels and public programs focusing on the "DIY" phenomenon. He is also expert in inter-organizational, multi-disciplinary, and collaborative cultural events based in unusual locations throughout the city.