David C. Howse, Executive Director of ArtsEmerson, shares how ‘curatorial listening’ leads to better community partnerships in developing programming and initiatives. He also discusses the benefits afforded institutions that shift their imagination in ways that allow them to see the world and ultimately benefit from the world in a much more magical way.
David C. Howse joined ArtsEmerson as executive director in 2015 and is fiscally and administratively responsible for multiple cultural venues in Downtown Boston. Prior he served as executive director of Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC), where he was instrumental in helping grow BCC from a pilot project serving 20 kids in 2003 to a vibrant organization educating more than 500 singers in 12 choirs in 5 locations.
David was named as one of the GK100: Boston’s Most Influential People of Color, earned the Social Innovation Forum Achievement Award (Root Cause) and was included in the “40 Under 40” (Boston Business Journal). He serves in many capacities in the community, including service on the boards of Exponential Creativity Ventures, Social Innovation Forum, Associated Grant Makers, Chorus America and as a Trustee of the Forbes House Museum. He also serves on the Board of Corporators for Eastern Bank, the Board of Advisors at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Advisory Council of the New England Foundation for the Arts and the corporation of the Community Music Center of Boston. David earned degrees from Bradley University (Peoria, IL) and New England Conservatory of Music (Boston, MA) and is a graduate of The Partnership’s Next Generation Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University. He teaches at the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. Originally from Murfreesboro, TN, he resides in Milton, MA. Twitter: @dchowse