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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David Howse

Executive Director

David C. Howse is a recognized speaker and commentator on the arts and social
integration, and for over a decade has been a leader in the nonprofit arts and
culture sector. In his role as Associate Vice President of the Office of the Arts at
Emerson College and Executive Director of ArtsEmerson, Howse is fiscally and
administratively responsible for multiple cultural venues in Downtown Boston.
Howse previously served as the Executive Director of the award-winning Boston
Children’s Chorus (BCC), an organization that brings youth from the ages of 7 to 18
from the Greater Boston area to create harmony both musically and socially
through a shared love of music. The singers’ powerful voices and rich diversity
have inspired audiences in Boston and throughout the world. As a founding staff
member, Howse was instrumental in helping grow BCC from a pilot project serving
20 kids in 2003 to a vibrant organization educating over 500 singers in 12 choirs in
5 locations.

Howse holds degrees from Bradley University and New England Conservatory of
Music and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Next Generation Executive
Leadership Program. He remains active with the National Arts Strategies Chief
Executive Program, a consortium of 100 of the world’s top cultural leaders, which
addresses the critical issues that face the arts and cultural sector world-wide.
Howse has received numerous awards for his innovative leadership including Root
Cause’s Social Innovation Forum Achievement Award and Boston Business Journal's
“40 under 40” Award, recognizing him as one Boston’s best and brightest young
executives. As a faculty member at the Institute Nonprofit Practice, David teaches
a management and leadership seminar to nonprofit managers and executives.

David serves on the Board of Corporators for Eastern Bank, Board of Directors of
Social Innovation Forum, Chorus America Board of Directors and as a Trustee of the
Forbes House Museum. He also serves on the Board of Overseers at the Museum of
Fine Arts (Fall 2017) and the corporation of the Community Music Center of Boston.
David formerly served on the South Shore Hospital Board of Directors.

He lives outside of Boston with his wife, two young sons, and their four-legged son,

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, March 17

10:45am EDT