How do you follow in the footsteps of an organizational leader — especially a beloved, well-respected founder? Margaret Keller, Executive Director of Community Access to the Arts (CATA), discusses the transition process for her taking the helm at CATA five years ago when founder Sandy Newman retired, and offers tips for board members on how they can prepare for bringing in new leadership.
Margaret Keller is Executive Director of Community Access to the Arts
(CATA), an arts organization that nurtures and celebrates the
creativity of more than 800 people with disabilities across Berkshire
County. Over the past five years, she has led CATA through a dramatic
period of growth, increasing the number of CATA artists by 50% while
also expanding community partnerships and public programs.
Eileen McCaffery, Executive Director of Community Music School of Springfield, and Julie Jaron, Director of Visual and Performing Arts for the Springfield Public Schools, discuss their work over five years on the Sonido Musica program, a partnership that aims to reduce Springfield’s high school drop-out rate through student engagement, leadership, and performance opportunities. What started with three public schools and 60 students has grown to 18 schools and nearly 1,000 student musicians! Now nearby Holyoke wants to replicate this model. Their goal was not to have the Community Music School replace music education in the public schools, but rather to help principals and administrators see the power of the arts working every day in their school.
Eileen McCaffery has served as Executive Director of Community Music School of Springfield
since 2012, having been a CMSS Board member for 6 years prior and
serving as Board President for 2 years. Ms. McCaffery received her BA
from University of New Hampshire, graduating magna cum laude.
John Durant, Director of the MIT Museum, discusses the origins of the Cambridge Science Festival, the first of its kind in the United States. Now in its 13th year, the Festival attracts more than 100,000 visitors annually, hosts events in more than 70 different venues from Cape Cod to Central Massachusetts, and works with more than 100 collaborators.
John Durant trained in natural sciences (MA) and the history of science
(PhD) at the University of Cambridge in the UK. He has spent his entire
career working at the interface between science and technology and the
wider community. He was Assistant Director of the Science Museum,
London, between 1989 and 2000, where he oversaw the development of the
Patrice Maye, Executive Director of the South Shore Art Center and Scituate Harbor Cultural District, discusses creative placemaking across the South Shore, including Scituate’s Sister City Projects with West Cork,Ireland and Sucy-en-Brie, France.
A non-profit executive with 20 years of experience in building resources and audiences for diverse mission-driven organizations, Patrice Maye joined South Shore Art Center as Executive Director in April 2017. This position was a natural outgrowth of both her professional work to raise funding and awareness for youth arts and social justice programming and her many years of volunteer work to embed art experiences in the local schools and communities.
There’s more to New Bedford than just whaling. Lee Blake, President of the New Bedford Historical Society, discusses how the city’s residents are pulling their history together to create a new conversation about what New Bedford did to end slavery, and how that history can inform and inspire a more progressive social agenda.