Episode 32: When Community Service is Hardwired Into a Museum

Fitchburg Art Museum is experiencing a renaissance. Director Nick Capasso describes how their commitment to community service – through organizational culture, programming, and partnerships – strengthens and grows the creative ecology of the city.

Nick CapassoNicholas Capasso, Ph.D. is Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum, a community-oriented museum in Fitchburg, Massachusetts with art historical collections, changing exhibitions of regional contemporary art, and educational and community outreach programs. Prior to his appointment at Fitchburg, Capasso was Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, a museum of contemporary art in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

During his 22 years in the deCordova Curatorial Department, he organized or co-organized over 75 exhibitions, and played a central role in the expansion of the deCordova Sculpture Park. In 2011, he attended the Getty Foundation’s Museum Leadership Institute.

Capasso has also worked extensively with contemporary public art as an art historian, guest curator, critic, lecturer, private consultant, and design selection panelist. He was Board Chair of Boston’s UrbanArts Institute from 2000 – 2007, and is currently Chair of the Public Art Curatorial Committee at the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy.

FAM_2016_AnnualReport_coverFitchburg Art Museum Annual Report (2016)

Can the Arts Save this Town?
(Art New England article)

The Big Picture
(Worcester Living article)

Partners in Art
(Worcester Living article)

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