Marian Taylor Brown
FoundER

Photo: Kyle Klein Perler

Photo: Kyle Klein Perler

Marian (she/her/hers) focuses on ACI’s strategic development, board expansion and team management. On January 1st, 2020, she will formally step into the role of Board Chair, having served as the Founding Executive Director from 2014 - 2019. Prior to founding ACI, Marian was the recipient of a Global Health Corps Fellowship to work at the Art and Global Health Center in Malawi, Africa, promoting HIV/AIDS education and advocacy through the arts. She also worked as the Associate Director for ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer's, where she led and managed 100 days of programming in the Boston metropolitan community for people living with dementia and their care partners. Throughout her education and work experience Marian has continued to work as a professional artist and her current studio investigation surrounds creating handmade paper out of recycled clothing for community building and catharsis (artist website). Marian is a PhD candidate at the School for Global Inclusion & Social Development at UMass Boston, having previously earned her EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her BA from Colorado College.

Reach Marian via: marian@artsconnectinternational.org 

ALLEGRA FLETCHER
Director

Photo: Deborah Quave

Photo: Deborah Quave

Allegra (she/her/hers) oversees the design and function of ACI's programming and execution, and is responsible for leading funding efforts while maintaining and propelling ACI's collaborative vision of building equity. On January 1st, 2020, Allegra will become ACI’s Executive Director. First joining the ACI team as a Programming Fellow, Allegra brings her passion for social change through arts based programming, along with her expertise in youth empowerment through languages, creative writing, arts and crafts, music, dance, and visual arts. Prior to coming to ACI she served as the Director of an out of school time program in Cambridge, MA. Before that, she created a music and movement based curriculum to teach English as a Foreign language in Milan, Italy, and raised the critical consciousness of students she taught Italian to upon returning to Massachusetts. Allegra received her EdM in Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and completed her undergraduate studies at Bryn Mawr College in Italian and Education, where she graduated with honors. Allegra maintains an active artist practice as a singer-songwriter, musician and creative writer, and continues to enjoy learning languages and exploring various realms of education.

Reach Allegra via: allegra@artsconnectinternational.org

Hanako Brais
Research & programming assistant

Photo: Candace Walker

Photo: Candace Walker

Hanako (she/her/hers) works with ACI as a Research & Programming Assistant, bringing her passion for the arts, and dedication to community contextualized change, having first started with ACI as an intern in 2015. Hanako earned her B.A. at Connecticut College in Anthropology and French, graduating summa cum laude as a Holleran Center scholar with a certificate in Community Action and Public Policy. She is now pursuing her M.A. at the School for Global Inclusion & Social Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Hanako's interests focus on social identity and marginalization, with an emphasis on the power of art for advocacy and inciting change. 

Reach Hanako via: hanako@artsconnectinternational.org

SAHARA-YVETTE ZAMUDIO
PROGRAMMING FELLOW

Photo: provided by Sahara Zamudio

Photo: provided by Sahara Zamudio

Sahara (she/her/hers) is an East LA born and based artivist, cultural worker, daughter of Mexican immigrants, and first generation student. She is currently pursuing her EdM in Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and completed her undergraduate studies at Colgate University in Women’s Studies and Art/Art History, where her senior thesis, “Paredes en Lengua Llena: The De-privatization of Healing through Third-space Murals”, was awarded high honors. Her studies and activism center community organizing and the use of art for healing, resisting, and re-membering.

Reach Sahara via sahara@artsconnectinternational.org

Kelsey Karys
development FELLOW

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Photo: provided by Kelsey Karys

Kelsey (she/her/hers) brings her enthusiasm for writing, fundraising, and creating community partnerships to serve ACI as its Development Fellow. Her interests in the ways peace building and transformative justice can be pursued by religious or faith communities, has led her to Harvard Divinity School where she is working towards her M.Div. Seemingly far from her undergraduate degree, a BS in biology and animal science from Cornell University, she keeps her love of the natural world alive through oil and acrylic painting. She has focused her studies at HDS on the ways embodied movement, art, and story can be avenues of healing and reconciliation. Kelsey grew up in the greater Boston area, and has dreamed of creating spaces for artists to come gather, intersect and create for a more just future.

Reach Kelsey via kelsey@artsconnectinternational.org

Kimberly Curhan
Graphics and Media Consultant

Photo: Candace Walker

Photo: Candace Walker

Kim (she/her/hers) provides support for the meaningful curation of media content and artwork. She works to combine her interest in the relationship between art and audience with creative marketing strategies and social media. She has experience with marketing and client relationships in gallery spaces and currently works at Boston Art Inc. Kim received her BA with Honors from Boston University in the History of Art and Architecture and Arts Leadership. 

Jennifer Bailey
Board Member

Photo: provided by Jennifer Bailey

Photo: provided by Jennifer Bailey

Jennifer (she/her/hers) enjoys exploring the creative outcomes which occur through the fusion and synthesis of diverse cultures, mindsets and ideas. Her areas of interest include operations management, entrepreneurship and innovation management, and her research explores how organizations generate and implement creative solutions and examines effective strategies for maximizing the likelihood of generating innovation breakthroughs, while managing the risks associated with innovation. Jennifer believes in a three-pronged teaching and learning philosophy, which revolves around developing students as creative problem-solvers, cross-functional pollinators and experiential learners. As a professor at Babson College, she teaches the Integrated Product Design course, which is a three college collaborative course co-taught by business/engineering/design faculty from Babson College, Olin College of Engineering and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Jennifer holds a BSE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Operations Management from the Scheller School of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Shreyas Navare
Board Member

Photo: provided by Shreyas Navare

Photo: provided by Shreyas Navare

Shreyas (he/him/his) is supporting ACI’s growth strategy for maximizing the impact of artist leaders on global communities. He is the Founder & Chief Creative Officer of LÉGENDE and Ladderworks. Shreyas freelanced as the Editorial Cartoonist for the Hindustan Times (2007-18) and his original artworks have been included in the collection of the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. HarperCollins has compiled two books of his cartoons titled The Politickle Pickle Vol. 1 and Vol. 2with the foreword written by the 11th President of India. On behalf of the Hindustan Times, Shreyas has traveled widely in India and the United States to cover elections through the eyes of a cartoonist. His cartoons, which regularly comment on political, economic and social issues, have been exhibited at several prestigious venues in India, the US and Thailand. Shreyas was a Harvard University Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and earned his MBA from the Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay. 

MEENA MALIK
Board Member

Photo: Provided by Meena Malik

Photo: Provided by Meena Malik

Meena Malik (she/her/hers), Program Manager of Theater at the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and recognized vocalist, is known as a mover and shaker who is re-defining what community engagement and conversations around equity in the arts look like in Boston. Meena organized and led "Beyond Orientalism: The Forum" in October 2017 and is one of the founder of Boston's first API (Asian Pacific Islander) Arts Network. As an artist, Meena has performed with Opera Providence, MetroWest Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, New England Orchestra among others. She currently performs with Voci Angelica Trio, an international band that fuses world folk music with classical elegance. Meena holds both a Masters in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory and a Masters in Arts Administration from Boston University.

David Brown
Founding Board Member

Photo: Kyle Klein Perler

Photo: Kyle Klein Perler

David (he/him/his) catalyzes ACI's development by soliciting feedback pertaining to the execution of business practices, partnerships, business processes, and financial planning. David is currently working on a startup in recon mode, having formerly held positions including: Vice President of Innovation Leadership at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Director of Strategic Partnerships at ZappRx, and Executive Director of TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good). He has held various roles domestically, and abroad, in both the social and tech sectors. David received his MBA from Babson College, and his BA from Williams College.

JOY MCDOWELL

DEVELOPMENT FELLOW 2018 - 2019

Photo: La'Quasha Good

Photo: La'Quasha Good

Joy (she/her/hers) served ACI as a Development Fellow, bringing her background in social justice advocacy, program management, grant writing, and fundraising to provide logistic support to ACI. In 2019, Joy received her Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a BA in Public Policy with minors in both Dramaturgy and in Social and Economic Justice. Joy is also a spoken word poet and loves working with youth in a mentorship role. 

MANNY MARTINEZ
Artist outreach intern 2019

Photo: provided by Manny Martinez

Photo: provided by Manny Martinez

 

Manny (he/him/his) joined the ACI community in 2019 as an Artist Outreach Intern through Lesley University. It did not take long to realize that Manny’s impact would be long lasting. Always looking for the positive, Manny brought a light and joyful energy that brightened the atmosphere everywhere he went. We honor Manny for his commitment to the struggles and experiences of QTPOC+ and immigrant communities, and his willingness to have the difficult conversations so integral to promoting equity. Manny, you are dearly missed.

Stephen hamilton

youth & research mentor 2018 - 2019

Photo: Candace Carney Photography

Photo: Candace Carney Photography

Stephen (he/him/his) is an exceptionally accomplished visual artist, born and raised in Boston. An ACI Artist Leader Alum, completing a year-long residency with ACI in 2015 - 2016 in Nigeria studying traditional Yoruba arts, Stephen continues to utilize the skills, trades, and cultural heritage he learned about, and through, while on his residency to empower local youths in Boston in exploring their own Diaspora identities. An alum of MassArt, Stephen now teaches full-time in their illustration and textile departments. Recent awards and accolades include: Creative Cities grant recipient from the New England Foundation for the Arts (2017), Brother Thomas Fellowship recipient (2018), Now & There Public Art Accelerator Fellow (2017 - 2018), amongst others. Learn more about the Itan Project & the Founders Project

Jessica Fei
Research Consultant 2018 - 2019

Photo: provided by Jessica Fei

Photo: provided by Jessica Fei

Jessica (she/her/hers) is an educator, photographer, and researcher dedicated to partnering with youth towards a more just world. Her scholarship is guided by interests in youth development, out-of-school time learning, liberatory models of education, and themes of place and identity. In her teaching, writing, and presentations, Jessica draws upon over a decade of professional experience working with diverse youth in urban public schools and community-based settings. As a consultant, she supports teachers, teaching artists, counselors, and administrators in content areas that include culturally-responsive education, participatory action research (PAR), critical pedagogies of place, and building positive relationships with youth. Currently completing her doctorate in Culture, Communities, and Education at Harvard University, Jessica holds an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. in Literature and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration from Yale University.

Joseph Quisol
programming & ArtIST Fellow 2017 - 2019

Photo: Candace Carney Photography

Photo: Candace Carney Photography

 

Joseph (he/him or they/them) assisted ACI in pushing programming forward. Joseph recently earned his EdM in Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, having previously earned his BA from the College of Charleston, where he double majored in Political Science and International Studies. Joseph is passionate about mobilizing art to decolonize and achieve social justice. Joseph is a musician (check out Quisol), martial artist, and activist. Although Joseph has now moved to Oakland he'll stay active with the ACI community & fam, and you can catch him when he visits Boston!