Episode 13: Universal Design – Embracing the Diversity of Human Ability

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Universal design is an approach toward design which embraces the diversity of human ability. It’s a foundation upon which arts & culture organizations can build their facilities, perform their concerts, and design their exhibitions. Josh Safdie, a principal at Kessler McGuinness and Associates discusses design of environments, buildings, objects, and systems that work for people of all ages, abilities, and cultures.

Josh SafdieJosh Safdie, AIA is a Principal at Kessler McGuinness & Associates, where he directs accessibility planning and Universal Design projects in higher education, multi-family housing, health care, and historic preservation. Prior to joining KMA, Safdie was director of the studio at the Institute for Human Centered Design. He has received awards from the Boston Society of Architects, Massachusetts Architectural Access Board, and Boston Preservation Alliance for projects merging preservation
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Episode 12: Creating Pathways for the Contemporary Performing Artist

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Performing arts education pioneers Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory are merging, creating a comprehensive training ground for music, dance, theater, and related professions. Richard Ortner, president of The Boston Conservatory, and Roger Brown, president of Berklee College of Music, discuss what it means to create an institutional platform for collaboration, to get students to the next level of career preparedness, and to employ music as a tool for social change.

Roger Brown (left) & Richard Ortner (right)Roger H. Brown is Berklee’s third president in the institution’s history. Under his leadership, the college has expanded scholarship support by 400 percent; created an international campus in Valencia, Spain; built its first ground-up custom facility boasting 173 residence hall rooms, a state-of-the-art recording complex, and a dining hall/performance venue; and established a suite of institutes including the Berklee Global Jazz Institute under the direction of jazz pianist Danilo Pérez. The college has expanded its global reach to attract students from 105 countries, markedly improved gender diversity, dramatically increased admissions selectivity, and created the world’s largest online music education system. During his tenure, the City Music Program, which offers educational opportunities to economically disadvantaged young musicians, has expanded outside of Boston, now serving more than 29,000 young middle school and high school-aged young people. Brown has also been a leader in humanitarian initiatives in Africa and Southeast Asia. He is an avid drummer.

Born in Great Neck, NY, Richard Ortner has shared his lifelong passion for music and advanced training in the performing arts with the most renowned senior professionals of our age, the best and brightest young artists and students, and the widest possible audiences.
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Episode 11: An Artistic Game of Telephone

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What is the nature of inspiration and how do we as humans interpret and translate our inspiration? These are just a few questions at the heart of Sally Taylor’s Consenses project. She argues that using metaphor as a way to see the world gives us an opportunity not only to see the variations of perspective amongst us, but to appreciate the equality of each person’s point of view.

Sally TaylorSally Taylor is a musician and the founder of Consenses, a global, multidisciplinary, artistic collaboration engaging 150 artists from around the world who anonymously interpret each others art and use it as a catalyst for their own artistic expression.

Born and raised in New York City, Sally was diagnosed as dyslexic at age 10 and spent her early years, guided by her mother Carly Simon, learning how to communicate and decode the world using art as a language.
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Episode 10: The ART Leads the Audience

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The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) is serious about audience development. A.R.T. Executive Director Diane Quinn says everything they do is with an eye to what audiences will see once they pass the theater doors. She discusses their mandate to expand the boundaries of theater – both physically and through the content itself.

Diane QuinnDiane Quinn is the Executive Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) A veteran of the arts, her many positions have included Founding Producer of Soulpepper Theatre Company and Festival of Classics, Coordinator of the Arts Administration Program at the University of Toronto, and Executive Director of Toronto Women in Film and Television.  Most recently she served as Senior VP of Creative and Artistic Operations at Cirque du Soleil and was responsible for managing the artistic quality of all shows globally.
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Episode 9: A Modern Park, A Journey End to End

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Modern city parks need to be fun, sustainable, green, and engaging. It’s a tall order. Laura Jasinski, Director of Programs and Planning at the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a mile-and-a-half of contemporary parks running through the heart of Boston, speaks to the evolution and cultivation of their public spaces, public programs, and community engagement.

Laura JasinskiLaura Jasinski is the Director of Programs and Planning at the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. She joined the Conservancy in 2010 as an intern and has become a valued member of the organization’s leadership for her ability to manage complex projects and collaborate across Conservancy departments.

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