Episode 89: Common Spaces for Sharing Our Humanity

“The humanities are human beings interpreting what human beings do,” says Brian Boyles, Executive Director of Mass Humanities. He discusses Mass Humanities’ work to support communities who are doing humanities work in the public square. He says that given the crises we’re facing as a country, the more the humanities can be a part of those conversations, the better.

Brian Boyles (Image by Zack Smith)Brian Boyles is Executive Director for Mass Humanities, where he works with communities, scholars, and supporters to advance the council’s mission. Prior to joining MH, he spent 11 years at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, directing the opening of the Louisiana Humanities Center that year, developing programs that responded to the post-Katrina recovery, supervising the council’s grants and public programming, and leading its partnerships with the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street, and the CreateLouisiana fund for filmmakers.

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Episode 31: Collective Action Revitalized Arts Education in Boston

Marinell Rousmaniere, Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at EdVestors, discusses the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Arts Expansion Initiative, a multi-year effort focused on increasing access, equity, and quality of arts learning for all BPS students.

Launched in 2009, this public-private partnership involves a large and coordinated network of partners, including schools, arts organizations, local and national foundations, colleges and universities, and the Mayor’s office, among others.

Marinell RousmaniereMarinell Rousmaniere oversees EdVestors’ cross-sector initiative work, including BPS Arts Expansion, as well as policy and communications as Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. Marinell brings more than 20 years of experience working in youth development and education in both the public and nonprofit sectors to the role. She previously served as Executive Director of mytown, inc., a nonprofit focused on connecting Boston teenagers to the city’s diverse history,
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Episode 18: How Does Arts Funding in Boston Compare?

Earlier this year, the Boston Foundation released a study, “How Boston and Other American Cities Support and Sustain the Arts.” Julie Koo, Vice President of TDC and co-author of the report, shares key findings from the research and how Boston’s philanthropic scenes varies from other US cities.

Julie KooJuliana Koo is a Vice President at TDC, one of the nation’s oldest nonprofit management consulting and research firms. TDC works exclusively with nonprofit, governmental, educational and philanthropic organizations, providing them with the business and management tools critical to achieving mission success. Julie’s practice at TDC includes strategic business planning, program evaluation, and research on nonprofit organizations.
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