About the speaker

Dr. Cicely E. Mitchell, Ph.D., the president and co-founder of the Art of Cool Project, a 501c(3) jazz presenting nonprofit organization located in Durham, North Carolina. The mission of the Art of Cool Project is to present, promote and preserve jazz-influenced music. The goal of the project is to expand the audience for jazz. Mitchell oversees the presentation of high quality live music concerts in unique venues throughout the Triangle. She spearheads the organization’s two major programs, the Art of Cool Festival and StArt of Cool.

Mitchell maintains a passion for promoting progressive jazz and alternative soul music to a wide audience. AOCFEST extends this passion throughout Durham and the Triangle region. In addition, she founded StArt of Cool in 2014 along with business partner, Al Strong. This jazz education pilot program provides education for students interested in learning more about the performance and fundamentals of jazz.

Mitchell received her bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University in Nashville, and her Master of Science in biostatistics degree and her doctorate in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to her work with the Art of Cool Project, she is a senior statistician for Pharm-Olam International. She currently resides in downtown Durham, NC.

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