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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Episode 8: Mapping an Infrastructure that Helps the Arts Thrive

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Last year Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), visited parts of Boston where the arts are core to community revitalization efforts. She shared NEA plans for its 50th anniversary and offered a glimpse into how the agency is preparing for the next 50 years.

NEA Chairman Jane ChuJane Chu is the eleventh chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. With a background in arts administration and philanthropy, Chairman Chu is also an accomplished artist and musician. She leads a dedicated and passionate group of people to support and fund the arts and creative activities in communities across the nation.
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Episode 7: Pioneering Youth Entrepreneurship & Sustainability

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Artists For Humanity (AFH) was founded 25 years ago by Susan Rodgerson with a seemingly simple idea: Engaging urban young people in collaborative art making gives them a voice in the arts – and business – community. Rodgerson describes the evolution of AFH’s creative jobs program, which now employs 300 kids annually and earned just under $1.5 million last year. Committed to a sustainable future, Rodgerson also shares expansion plans for the EpiCenter, AFH’s building and first Platinum LEED building in Boston.

Susan RodgersonSusan Rodgerson is the founding Executive/Artistic Director of Artists For Humanity (AFH), a nonprofit youth development organization that provides productive and life-changing opportunities for young people through paid employment in art and design. In 25 years, AFH has become the largest onsite employer of Boston teens. Its program model has received multiple honors and has been replicated internationally.

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Episode 6: Creating Great Human Beings, One Song at a Time

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At Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) music is a catalyst to create social change. BCC Artistic Director Dr. Anthony Trecek-King recounts how kids from over 120 different zip codes come to the Chorus to learn about music, and are also given time to discuss and learn about their differences and how they can work together to become a more creative and cohesive community.

Anthony Trecek-KingDr. Anthony Trecek-King is the Artistic Director of the award-winning Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC). Under his direction the Chorus has earned a reputation as an ensemble of high distinction and in 2013 received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award from the White House. Dr. Trecek-King’s performances have been heralded as possessing a “surprising range of dynamics and depth of expression.” Continue reading “Episode 6: Creating Great Human Beings, One Song at a Time”

Episode 5: National Arts Advocacy Leadership Strategies & Observations

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Through Americans for the Arts (AFTA) every citizen in our country is represented by an arts entity that’s working on their behalf to put arts in their lives, their children’s lives, and their community’s life. Bob Lynch, AFTA’s President and CEO, discusses their national advocacy leadership strategies and how they connect with advocacy efforts at the state and local levels, and shares some observations about the current arts landscape in America.

Robert LynchRobert L. Lynch is president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. With more than 40 years of experience in the arts industry, he is motivated by his personal mission to empower communities and leaders to advance the arts in society, and in the lives of citizens.

In 1996, Lynch managed the successful merger of the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, where he had spent 12 years as executive director, with the American Council for the Arts to form Americans for the Arts.
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