The Children's Institute of Fashion Arts
is a 501c3 charitable organization devoted to expansive education in the culture and craft of clothing to connect kids to themselves and their world.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our cause as we build into a full-service, hands-on, children's institute in Manhattan's Garment District.

For additional information, please feel free to contact us:

Children's Institute of Fashion Arts

P.O. Box 827

Times Square Station

New York, NY 10108

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Dr. Britta B. Wheeler, Ph.D.  comes to the Children’s Institute of Fashion Arts as an educator, artist and designer.  She holds a bachelor's in Textiles, Clothing and Design from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Master's of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College, and a master's and a doctorate in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  She was the Faculty Fellow in Art Worlds at New York University's Draper Program.​

Dr. Wheeler’s teaching career spans two decades in the fields of the sociology of culture and fashion design. She has taught both adults and children.  Dr. Wheeler conceived of the Children's Institute of Fashion Arts in 2012 when considering the implications of current social and technological changes on what kind of world our children were inheriting. Britta's vision for the CIFA stems from her interdisciplinary career in the fields of sociology, art and design.

Mary Grieco is an attorney and partner at the firm of Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP in New York City. Mary has been an attorney for thirty years and works in the fashion industry managing all aspects of “branding” and brand protection for fashion companies large and small.  She represents both the sellers and purchasers of intellectual property rights, and routinely negotiates and prepares all types of intellectual property agreements.  Mary started her career in Los Angeles, where she represented entertainment clients in their intellectual property matters and came to New York in 2000.

Mary is licensed to practice law in New York, California, and Washington D.C.  She is a member of Fashion Group International and the International Trademark Association.

John Powell received his undergraduate degree in Art and Philosophy from Wesleyan University in 1985 and his Masters in Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990.  He practiced architecture in Philadelphia, Hong Kong and New York for 25 years.  In 2015 he left the practice of architecture and joined the facilities department of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in Tarrytown New York where he is leading efforts to create and manage accurate and up-to-date documentation of their facilities and to implement software to integrate that documentation with computerized facility management solutions.  John brings to the CIFA years of senior level project management experience, a broad outlook on world culture and social concerns and a long history of creative innovation.