Episode 64: Fashion Rolls Forward

Jay Calderin, Founder and Executive Director of Boston Fashion Week, discusses his work as a designer with the Fashion Accessibility Project and how it inspired new ways of thinking about designing for the body.

Jay CalderinThe Boston Globe refers to Jay Calderin as “a budding designer’s best friend.” Calderin is the author of The Fashion Design Reference & Specification Book (formerly Form, Fit, Fashion), which the LA Times called, “a new fashion bible for designers, aspirers and the just plain curious, this tome contains all the secrets.”
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Episode 63: Boston’s Literary District Engages Writers of Today with the City’s Rich Past

In 2014, Boston became the first American city to have a Literary Cultural District. Last year we spoke with Eve Bridburg, Executive Director of GrubStreet and Founder of the Boston Literary District, and Alysia Abbott, Director of the Boston Literary District. They discuss what it takes to support long-term collaboration between organizations of different sizes and missions. Alysia says a big part of her job is sustaining engagement in shared work while providing a partnership flexible enough to withstand institutional needs and transitions.

Eve Bridburg and Alysia AbbottEve Bridburg is the Founder and Executive Director of GrubStreet which has grown into a national literary powerhouse.  Her mission is to work with her team toward building the most inclusive and accessible writing center in the country.  Interested in the connection between civics and the narrative arts, Eve sits on the Executive Committee of the Boston’s Literary Cultural District and is an active partner with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.
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Episode 62: When Growing Audiences, Going Too Fast is as Dangerous as Too Slow

Graham Wright, Founder of Opus Affair, discusses the perennial question of how do organizations take care of their established audience while leaving room to create emerging audiences.

Graham WrightGraham Wright is an arts management consultant, classical singer, and founder of Opus Affair—an organization focused on connecting individuals with arts and culture events in their communities. Opus Affair, called a “social behemoth” by the Boston Globe, has over 7,000 individual members in the Boston area and has partnered with arts and culture organizations in Boston and beyond, including Boston Philharmonic, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Baroque, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston Athenaeum, Boston Children’s Museum, Museum of Science Boston, Boston Early Music Festival, Celebrity Series of Boston, Odyssey Opera, Michigan Science Center, Portland Bach Experience, and White Snake Projects.
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Episode 61: Oh, the Places Springfield Museums Will Go!

Kay Simpson, President of the Springfield Museums, speaks to the opening of the Dr. Seuss Museum, and what it means to Springfield, MA, Theodor Geisel’s hometown.

Kay SimpsonKay Simpson is President of the Springfield Museums. She received her B.A. from Smith College and a M.Ed. in educational administration from the University of Massachusetts. Ms. Simpson has more than 30 years of museum experience.

Her current responsibilities include the direction of all areas of operations for the Springfield Museums, an interdisciplinary complex of two art museums, a history museum, a science museum, the outdoor Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden and the newly open Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum.
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Episode 60: Gateway Cities & Creative Placemaking

Benjamin Forman, Director of the Gateway Cities Innovation Institute at MassINC, says residential property values are higher in communities that have more arts and culture. He says municipal leaders should take stock of that when considering modest public investments in strategies such as Cultural Districts and the economic returns that they yield.

Ben FormanBenjamin Forman has served as MassINC’s research director since 2010. Prior to joining MassINC, he oversaw strategic planning for the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation. He also has experience as a researcher at the Brookings Institution and as a research assistant at Nathan Associates, a global economic development consulting firm.
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