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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Madeleine Steczynski

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Madeleine Steczynski founded ZUMIX in her home in 1991, engaging young people in music and creative technology, and giving them safe space to escape escalating city violence. Together with teen council, staff, and board, she has grown ZUMIX from a kitchen table project into a vital community institution. In 2010 she successfully completed a $4.6 million dollar capital campaign, transforming a vacant old city fire station into ZUMIX's permanent home. Madeleine is a long-time arts advocate, and has participated in numerous initiatives including the Social Innovation Forum at MIT, the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria; and was an advisor for the Music National Service Initiative in Washington D.C. She has received numerous awards including the Massachusetts Conference for Women's Be the Change Award, and the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama, and became a prestigious Barr Fellow in 2011. Madeleine attended Boston College, the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, and the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University.