Episode 55: Generate and Cultivate Engagement

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Zakiya Thomas, Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Executive Director of Education, Community Engagement and Inclusion, discusses how evaluation and accountability are key for institutions seeking to reach new audiences.

She says the same rigor that organizations apply to visitor experience or to the quality of work on display needs to also be applied around how that organization works with communities and the kinds of outcomes they expect to see.

Zakiya ThomasFor more than fifteen years, Zakiya Thomas has worked to develop engaging educational and public service initiatives designed to strategically align business, marketing, public relations and community engagement objectives.

She currently serves as the Executive Officer for Education, Community Engagement and Inclusion for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Continue reading “Episode 55: Generate and Cultivate Engagement”

Episode 54: Demystifying the Dance Process

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Peter DiMuro, Executive Director of The Dance Complex and Artistic Director of Peter DiMuro Public Displays of Motion, says there are many reasons to come to movement. He discusses how the act of creating dance brings people together and plays with leadership and followership, essential ideas for working on a team wherever you are – whether in the studio or in a Whole Foods.

Peter DiMuroPeter DiMuro has woven a career as a choreographer, arts administrator, director, teacher, community engager, and performer.  His early works created at the height of the AIDS crisis laid the groundwork for community engaging and socially conscious dance/theatre works throughout his career. His work has for concert stages, theatre and specific sites has been performed world-wide, and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mass Cultural Council, the City of Boston AIR program, Boston Dance Alliance, The Boston Foundation and the Aliad Fund. Continue reading “Episode 54: Demystifying the Dance Process”

Episode 53: Unearthing and Cultivating a Hidden Economy

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Jessica Allan, former City Planner for Easthampton, MA, discusses the trajectory of the city’s work to identify and cultivate Easthampton’s unique culture and artists, and bring them to the forefront of the local economy.

Jessica AllanJessica Allan has been with MBL Housing & Development since December 2017, and has over 17 years’ experience in land use planning, zoning, and permitting. Prior to joining MBL, Jessica served as the City Planner for Easthampton, MA, where she developed and implemented short and long-term community plans, administered the zoning code, provided permitting assistance to private developers, wrote and managed grants, managed and procured public infrastructure projects, and provided technical planning assistance to various city boards and committees.
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Episode 52: Performing Arts Centers Make Ready for First Casino in MA

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In 2018 the first casino in Massachusetts opens in Springfield. Tina D’Agostino, President of the Springfield Performing Arts Development Corporation, joined us last year to discuss what the addition of a casino could mean to the city, its performing arts centers, and their audiences.

Tina DagostinoTina D’Agostino is the President of Springfield Performing Arts Development Corporation (SPADC), the non-profit management company that operates CityStage & Symphony Hall in downtown Springfield.

D’Agostino began her career with SPADC in 2001 as Director of Marketing. She became the General Manager of CityStage & Symphony Hall in 2010 and held that position until she was promoted to President of the organization in 2012. Continue reading “Episode 52: Performing Arts Centers Make Ready for First Casino in MA”

Episode 51: Wide Perspective at the Narrows

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Patrick Norton is Executive Director of the Narrows Center for the Arts, a regional destination for the visual and performing arts. He discusses the Narrows’ contribution to the Fall River community and their arts therapy program for developmentally delayed adults.

Patrick NortonPatrick Norton has been involved with the Narrows Center for the Arts for 21 years serving as Executive Director the past 11 years. From 1997-2012, he worked for Congressman Jim McGovern. He’s been happily married to the wonderful Maggie for 23 years and is the proud parent to two amazing boys, Benjamin and Owen.
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