Artemis A.W. Joukowsky III

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Location Hall of Philosophy

Gate pass required. Purchase at our Main Gate Welcome Center, (716) 357-6250

Artemis A.W. Joukowsky III is Co-Director and Co-Producer, together with Ken Burns, of the acclaimed PBS documentary that premiered in September 2016. “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War” tells the story of a daring rescue mission that occurred on the precipice of World War II. It reveals the previously untold account of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, an American minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who left their children behind in the care of their parish and boldly committed to a life-threatening mission in Europe. Over two dangerous years they helped save scores of imperiled Jews and refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across Europe. Artemis Joukowsky, the grandson of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, has spent decades researching his grandparents' story, a story for our own time, which he will share with Chautauqua’s 2:00 audience.  

Artemis has also devoted much of his life's work to improving the experience of those living with multiple disabilities and promoting community services since he was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, type III ("SMA") when he was 14 years old. He is the co-founder with Larry Rothstein of No Limits Media, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to demonstrate the value and abilities of people with disabilities through a variety of media. NLM helped support “Ice Warriors,” a film produced by WGBH-TV Boston about the 2014 U.S. Paralympic ice hockey team. It was named best documentary of the year at the Savannah Film Festival and one of the six best sports films of the year by Sports Illustrated. NLM is currently developing a documentary about the very high levels of violence against people with disabilities called "Three Times the Violence" and a film about the Boston Ballet’s Adaptive Dance Program for children with autism and Down syndrome. 

Artemis was a member of the United States Paralympic Team 2002-2004 — competing in the U.S. and abroad. He won National Championships in table tennis (2002) for class 6 and won the Silver medal in the Mexico City Games (2003). He served on the boards of a number of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations including No Limits Media, The American Community School of Beirut (1996-2000), and the Greyston Foundation (1992-2000). He has a B.A. in Social Ecology from Hampshire College, and an M.A. in Psychology from Goddard College. Artemis lives with his family in Sherborn, Massachusetts.