Thank you all for participating in the Mass Cultural Council Institute – Unleashing the Power of Culture - on March 17th. Five hundred of you came from cities and towns across the state to meet your colleagues, learn from others and understand your importance as an economic driver in your communities. What incredible energy you brought with you and we here at the Mass Cultural Council are so inspired by the work that you are doing day in and day out to weave the Power of Culture into the fabric of your communities. Thank You!


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Saturday, March 17 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
A Sense of Place

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A sense of place describes our relationship with places, expressed in different dimensions of human life: emotions, biographies, imagination, stories, and personal experiences. All of us have a place we call home, a place we work, places that we have memories of--a community. When arts and culture are at the center of placemaking, we create community.

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Jennifer Audley

Chair, Montague Cultural Council
The welcoming and enthusiastic arts community in Turners Falls inspired Jen Audley to put down roots in Franklin County a decade ago. She came to Western Mass from Cambridge, where she'd organized neighborhood block parties, pursued interests in art-making and local history, and... Read More →
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Gregory Jenkins

Executive Director, Somerville Arts Council
Gregory Jenkins is the Executive Director of the Somerville Arts Council. His professional experience includes arts education, public folklore, and community based programming. Since 2005 he has spearheaded a cultural economic development initiative in Somerville's Union Square.
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Aviva Kapust

Executive Director, Village of Arts and Humanities
Aviva Kapust is the Executive Director of the Village of Arts and Humanities (the Village), a multifaceted organization dedicated to community revitalization through the arts. Kapust joined the Village in 2010 as programs director, and previously worked as an art director and cre... Read More →
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Giles Li

Executive Director, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Giles Li is the Executive Director of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), a family-centered social service agency with locations in Boston and Quincy.Giles was named the winner of the statewide 2017 Excellence in Leadership award from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network... Read More →
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Celina Miranda

Executive Director, Hyde Square Task Force
Celina Miranda is Executive Director of Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), a youth community development organization located in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. Celina is deeply committed to HSTF’s mission: to develop the skills of youth and their families so they are empowered to enhance their own lives and build a strong and vibrant urban community. Before joining HSTF in August of 2016, she was senior program officer at the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation for over four years, where she managed grants in education and economic mobility. Prior to the Smith Family Foundation, she was vice president and charitable giving manager for BNY Mellon Public Affairs office in New England from 2005-2012. Among her accomplishments at BNY Mellon she is most proud of her leadership role in the development of a multi-year initiative focused on youth aging out of foster care. Celina began her career in philanthropy at The Hyams Foundation, where she managed grants and provided leadership on initiatives in the teen development area. Celina is a trustee of the Rutland Corner Foundation and an adjunct lecturer at Boston University School of Social Work in the Macro Practice Department. Celina holds a B.A. from Smith College in Latin American Literature and Latin American Studies, an M.S.W and Ed.M. from Boston University. Celina also holds a Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology from Boston University. Her dissertation research looked at the integration of positive youth development in community-based youth organizations. Celina is originally from El Salvador and lives in Milton with her husband and 3 year-old daughter... Read More →

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Saturday March 17, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Junior Ballroom

Attendees (16)