Episode 112: Don’t Just Measure Numbers, You’ll Lose the Real Story

Sue Dahling Sullivan is an independent consultant with more than 30 years of nonprofit management experience. We spoke to her about strategic planning when she was the Boch/Wang Center’s Chief Strategic Officer and ArtWeek Lead Champion. She believes that you have to be flexible in strategic planning because things do change. It’s an art and a science. She discusses her experience at nonprofits using The Balanced Scorecard, a framework that has been a cornerstone of Fortune 500 Company business planning for decades.

Sue Dahling SullivanSue Dahling Sullivan is an independent consultant and project manager who has over 30 years of diverse management experience with a focus on nonprofits and related sectors. Most recently she worked for over 15 years at the Boch/Wang Center as the Chief Strategic Officer, Chief of Staff, and ArtWeek Lead Champion, a strategic community initiative that grew into one of the state’s major cultural tourism events celebrating creativity and access for all  in over 170 communities.

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Episode 111: Mindfulness as an Action

Dell Marie Hamilton is an artist, writer, and curator. Her work uses the body to investigate questions about personal memory, citizenship, history, and gender. Last fall, she shared what it’s like to have a creative practice in an era of toxicity, and emphasized the importance of self-care and continually learning from other artists.

Dell Marie Hamilton. Photo: Terrence Jennings/terrencejennings.comDell Marie Hamilton is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and independent curator whose artist talks, performances and collaborative projects have been presented to a wide variety of audiences in New York at Five Myles Gallery, Panoply Performance Lab, and MOCADA, as well as in the New England area at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, MIT, Boston University, the Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, the ICA/Boston, and the Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum.

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Episode 110: Prescribing Cultural Engagement as a Protective, Healthy Habit

Dr. Deborah Buccino and Adrien Conklin, BSN RN of MACONY Pediatrics discuss the addition of social prescription – prescribing cultural engagement as a protective, healthy habit – to their collaborative care work in the Berkshires.

“We can give prescriptions for medicine. We can give prescriptions to see a neurologist. But we can also give a prescription for something fun to do with your family. And that’s just as important as some medicines or referrals,” Conklin said.

Dr. Buccino said their participation in CultureRx social prescription has also meant getting to know patients more as people, instead of just their physical bodies. “It does a lot to combat physician burnout.”

Dr. Deborah Buccino and Adrien ConklinDeborah Buccino, MD is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Medical School. Since completing a residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital in 1996, she has practiced general pediatrics at MACONY Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Dr. Buccino is an Instructor of Pediatrics at Boston University Medical School. Dr. Buccino is a school physician at Berkshire School and previously at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

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Episode 109: To Change an Org’s Culture, Rip Off the Band-Aid

Last November, we spoke with Michael J. Bobbitt, Artistic Director of New Repertory Theatre, about approaching major change in an organization. He shares ways to identify organizational culture, support staff work/life balance, and keep a board focused.

Michael Bobbitt. Photo: DJ CoreyMichael J. Bobbitt is the Artistic Director of New Repertory Theatre. He is an arts leader, director, choreographer, and playwright. Prior to New Rep, he served as Artistic Director for Adventure Theatre-MTC in Maryland, where he led the organization to be a respected theatre/training company in the DC region and a nationally influential professional Theatre for Young Audiences.

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Episode 108: Learning in Concert

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (NBSO) Education Director Terry Wolkowicz discusses Learning in Concert, an in-school partnership program between the NBSO and over 40 elementary schools in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Through this concept-based arts integration program, music educators work with non-arts teachers to remove barriers between a concept (e.g. gravity, space, and sound) and how the students experience it (e.g. employing classical music chord cycles to imitate the gravitation pull and orbital rates of planets).

Terry WolkowiczTerry Wolkowicz received her bachelor’s degree in music education from the New England Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. For the past ten years, she has worked as the Education Director for the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra.

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