Episode 54: Demystifying the Dance Process

Peter DiMuro, Executive Director of The Dance Complex and Artistic Director of Peter DiMuro Public Displays of Motion, says there are many reasons to come to movement. He discusses how the act of creating dance brings people together and plays with leadership and followership, essential ideas for working on a team wherever you are – whether in the studio or in a Whole Foods.

Peter DiMuroPeter DiMuro has woven a career as a choreographer, arts administrator, director, teacher, community engager, and performer.  His early works created at the height of the AIDS crisis laid the groundwork for community engaging and socially conscious dance/theatre works throughout his career. His work has for concert stages, theatre and specific sites has been performed world-wide, and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mass Cultural Council, the City of Boston AIR program, Boston Dance Alliance, The Boston Foundation and the Aliad Fund. Continue reading “Episode 54: Demystifying the Dance Process”

Episode 53: Unearthing and Cultivating a Hidden Economy

Jessica Allan, former City Planner for Easthampton, MA, discusses the trajectory of the city’s work to identify and cultivate Easthampton’s unique culture and artists, and bring them to the forefront of the local economy.

Jessica AllanJessica Allan has been with MBL Housing & Development since December 2017, and has over 17 years’ experience in land use planning, zoning, and permitting. Prior to joining MBL, Jessica served as the City Planner for Easthampton, MA, where she developed and implemented short and long-term community plans, administered the zoning code, provided permitting assistance to private developers, wrote and managed grants, managed and procured public infrastructure projects, and provided technical planning assistance to various city boards and committees.
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Episode 52: Performing Arts Centers Make Ready for First Casino in MA

In 2018 the first casino in Massachusetts opens in Springfield. Tina D’Agostino, President of the Springfield Performing Arts Development Corporation, joined us last year to discuss what the addition of a casino could mean to the city, its performing arts centers, and their audiences.

Tina DagostinoTina D’Agostino is the President of Springfield Performing Arts Development Corporation (SPADC), the non-profit management company that operates CityStage & Symphony Hall in downtown Springfield.

D’Agostino began her career with SPADC in 2001 as Director of Marketing. She became the General Manager of CityStage & Symphony Hall in 2010 and held that position until she was promoted to President of the organization in 2012. Continue reading “Episode 52: Performing Arts Centers Make Ready for First Casino in MA”

Episode 51: Wide Perspective at the Narrows

Patrick Norton is Executive Director of the Narrows Center for the Arts, a regional destination for the visual and performing arts. He discusses the Narrows’ contribution to the Fall River community and their arts therapy program for developmentally delayed adults.

Patrick NortonPatrick Norton has been involved with the Narrows Center for the Arts for 21 years serving as Executive Director the past 11 years. From 1997-2012, he worked for Congressman Jim McGovern. He’s been happily married to the wonderful Maggie for 23 years and is the proud parent to two amazing boys, Benjamin and Owen.
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Episode 50: Mission-Driven Commercial Development Afoot in Roxbury

Edmund Barry Gaither, Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, says this moment in Roxbury is “a moment of becoming.” He discusses work underway by Elma Lewis Partners and the recently-designated Roxbury Cultural District to use economic development to gift a community with a first-rate cultural and educational institution by 2020.

Edmond Barry GaitherEdmund Barry Gaither is Director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists and its Museum Division, and Special Consultant to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. At the National Center of Afro-American Artists, he developed its museum from a concept to its present operation with collections representing the visual arts of the black world, and an exhibition record of 45 years. At the Museum of Fine Arts, he has served as Adjunct Curator for 11 exhibitions since 1970, as well as administering the long-standing collaborative relationship between the National Center and the MFA.
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