Episode 23: Vivid, Beautiful Language Spoken Between Art & Science


Catalyst Conversations presents intimate and provocative conversations between artists, scientists, and the public. Deborah Davidson, Founder and Director, describes how the organization came to be and how magic ensues when artists and scientists interplay.

Deborah Davidson, Founder & Director of Catalyst ConversationsDeborah Davidson is a curator, artist and educator. Deborah received her M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and B.A. from Binghamton University. Deborah is founder and director of Catalyst Conversations, devoted to the dialogue between art and science. She also teaches, maintains a studio practice and directs the Suffolk University Gallery.
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Episode 22: Leadership Change Needn’t Be A Crisis


There’s an enormous amount of generational leadership change that’s happening in our arts and cultural organizations. And while people may liken succession planning to a form of disaster preparedness, Old Sturbridge Village – the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast – sees it differently.

Jim Donahue, President and CEO of Old Sturbridge Village, discusses their intentional processes around leadership change – how it’s not just about the end of a person’s tenure, but about sustaining a strong organization (even if nobody leaves).

Jim Donahue, President and CEO of Old Sturbridge VillageJim Donahue is highly regarded in the non-profit sector as a collaborative visionary. He is recognized as one of the top non-profit executives in New England with an impressive background in leadership, education, and fund-raising.
Prior to taking the position as President and CEO for Old Sturbridge Village, Donahue was the CEO of the Bradford Dunn Institute for Learning Differences in Providence, RI.  The Institute operates a network of high-quality programs that include The Hasbro Center for Teaching Excellence, the RI Tutorial and Educational Services, and the CVS Highlander Charter School, which Donahue founded in 2000. Donahue negotiated the merger between the Bradford Dunn Institute and CVS Highlander Charter School in 2004. During his seven year tenure as the director of the charter school, he led the renovation of two campuses for the school and the establishment of several key capacity-building partnerships.
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Episode 21: When Arts & Culture Have a Seat in City Hall


Erin Williams, Cultural Development Officer for the City of Worcester and Executive Director of the Worcester Cultural Coalition, discusses what’s possible when arts & culture has a seat in City Hall, and what can be gained by integrating the arts into city strategies.

Erin WilliamsErin I. Williams is the Cultural Development Officer for the City of Worcester, MA and the Executive Director of the Worcester Cultural Coalition, the unified voice of the Greater Worcester, MA creative community. The Coalition is a unique public private partnership which shines a spotlight on the creative activity produced in the region and supports creative placemaking through such initiatives as the WOOPass, Worcester Wayfinding signage program and #MakeArtEverywhere campaign and public events such as Out to Lunch Concert Series. With Erin’s leadership, the Worcester Cultural Coalition was presented the Commonwealth Award for Creative Economy Catalyst. In July, 2012 Richard Florida named Worcester as one of the top 20 creative cities in the U.S in The Rise of the Creative Class. Continue reading “Episode 21: When Arts & Culture Have a Seat in City Hall”

Episode 20: Access to the Natural World


Mass Audubon is working hard to ensure that everyone can enjoy the nature of Massachusetts. Lucy Gertz, Statewide Education Projects Manager, details how what began in 2008 with the construction of a pilot “sensory trail” has since evolved into their Accessible Interpretive Trails Project, which includes 12 multi-sensory, interpretive All Persons Trails.

Lucy GertzLucy Gertz, Statewide Education Projects Manager at Mass Audubon, works with 19 staffed nature centers to strengthen visitor experience and to provide resources to help visitors and program participants experience, understand, and protect the nature of Massachusetts.

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Episode 19: Learning Through Play, Through Making


Over the last decade, the Maker Movement has grown into a worldwide network of people from all disciplines coming together to learn through play and through making. Eric Rosenbaum, a creative technologist with a doctorate from MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten group, says there’s a powerful promise in unlocking the potential that we all have to be creative makers in the existence of maker spaces and fab labs.

Eric RosenbaumEric Rosenbaum is a freelance creative technologist who combines his love for music, improvisation, making, and learning to invent new technologies for playful creation. He recently completed his doctorate at MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten group, with the dissertation “Explorations in Musical Tinkering.” He is co-inventor with Jay Silver of the Makey Makey invention kit.

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