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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Episode 50: Mission-Driven Commercial Development Afoot in Roxbury

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Edmund Barry Gaither, Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, says this moment in Roxbury is “a moment of becoming.” He discusses work underway by Elma Lewis Partners and the recently-designated Roxbury Cultural District to use economic development to gift a community with a first-rate cultural and educational institution by 2020.

Edmond Barry GaitherEdmund Barry Gaither is Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists and its Museum Division, and Special Consultant to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. At the National Center of Afro-American Artists, he developed its museum from a concept to its present operation with collections representing the visual arts of the black world, and an exhibition record of 45 years. At the Museum of Fine Arts, he has served as Adjunct Curator for 11 exhibitions since 1970, as well as administering the long-standing collaborative relationship between the National Center and the MFA.
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Episode 49: Youth Community Built on Firsts

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Julie Lichtenberg, Director of The Performance Project, and Artistic Director of First Generation Ensemble, discusses their approach to creative youth development work, including their commitment to inclusion and peer mentoring.

The Performance Project’s First Generation brings together young adults ages 14-23 for intensive artistic training, leadership development, and inter-generational mentoring. Forming an artistic ensemble, the First Generation youth create original multi-lingual physical theater performances based on their discoveries.

Julie LichtenbergJulie Lichtenberg, cultural activist, theater and visual artist, has worked in community settings as a teacher, performer, and director, incorporating visual art and physical theater since 1980. She has taught graduate and undergraduate visual art, performed with Beholders Puppet Theater, studied physical theater with Tony Montanero, Sigfrido Aguilar in Mexico, and collaborated with Teatro Mito y Realidad in Chicago.
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Episode 48: Cultural District as Framework for Unifying Community Vision

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Wrapped inside the cozy neighborhoods of a leafy mill town in Boston’s Metro West, Maynard’s downtown is a dynamic micro-city. Tim Hess, an architect and former chair of the Maynard Cultural Council, shares the journey undertaken to create what is now Maynard’s Assabet Village Cultural District.

Tim HessTimothy Hess, AIA, CNU-A, SEED
Tim Hess is a member of the Maynard Cultural Council, and chaired that group through state designation of the Assabet Village Cultural District. His place-making approach helped to shape the framework and goals for the District, identifying four place-assets of particular civic value to its identity and cohesion, and outlining a series of special events meant to initiate cycles of exploration, imagination, planning, and investment in those places. Continue reading “Episode 48: Cultural District as Framework for Unifying Community Vision”