Episode 31: Collective Action Revitalized Arts Education in Boston

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Marinell Rousmaniere, Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at EdVestors, discusses the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Arts Expansion Initiative, a multi-year effort focused on increasing access, equity, and quality of arts learning for all BPS students.

Launched in 2009, this public-private partnership involves a large and coordinated network of partners, including schools, arts organizations, local and national foundations, colleges and universities, and the Mayor’s office, among others.

Marinell RousmaniereMarinell Rousmaniere oversees EdVestors’ cross-sector initiative work, including BPS Arts Expansion, as well as policy and communications as Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. Marinell brings more than 20 years of experience working in youth development and education in both the public and nonprofit sectors to the role. She previously served as Executive Director of mytown, inc., a nonprofit focused on connecting Boston teenagers to the city’s diverse history,

and worked as a senior staff member in former Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s first-in-the-nation mayoral initiative aimed at increasing the number and quality of after-school opportunities for youth. Currently, Marinell is also a member of the Boston School Committee’s School Quality Working Group and Opportunity and Achievement Gap Task Force.

A graduate of Connecticut College, Marinell also holds an MBA in public and nonprofit management from Boston University. She resides in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston with her husband and two children who attend Boston Public Schools.

Download a Case Study on BPS Arts Expansion.

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