Our Admin Team

Dr. Paul Sproll, Director

Dr. Sproll is Project Open Door's founder and has taught at RISD since 1990 where as department chair he directs the College’s Department of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design. Professor Sproll is dedicated to the development of progressive practices in art and design teaching and learning in schools and community settings. His professional practice has increasingly involved work at the intersection of formal and informal education and particularly in the arena of expanded-day and summer learning.

Lauren Allen, Associate Director

Lauren was born and raised in Rhode Island and then attended the University of Mary Washington in Virginia where she earned a B.A. in Studio Art. Prior to receiving her MA in Art + Design Education in 2014 with a focus on Community Arts Education, Lauren lived in northern Vermont working as an instructor/educator in a variety of capacities; at an arts camp, as a ski instructor and for a farm-to-school program. She manages to continue her studio practices, working with clay, oil, and most recently watercolor and ink. Lauren is pleased to have returned to Rhode Island and to be able to combine her excitement for working with youth with a lifelong interest in the arts.