Businesswoman brings two-plus decades of experience in local, national arts production, administration, and education to organization as it implements plan for strategic growth
BOSTON, Feb. 8, 2016—MASSCreative announces today that Sara Stackhouse has been elected the new chair of its board of directors. Stackhouse, principal at the consulting firm Stackhouse Creative LLC, brings more than 20 years of experience in arts and cultural production, administration, and education to MASSCreative as the organization seeks to develop long-term sustainability and grow its advocacy capacity.
“Since 2012, MASSCreative has made great gains advocating for arts and culture as a path to economic prosperity and better quality of life in the Commonwealth. As a result, state investment in our cultural community has increased by 66 percent,” said Executive Director Matt Wilson. “Sara Stackhouse is a creative and strategic leader in the state’s arts community, and will provide the strong guidance and counsel we need to build on this momentum.”
Prior to founding Stackhouse Creative, which handles artistic, educational and creative projects, as well as organizational development and fundraising work, Stackhouse served for 11 years as executive producer at Actors’ Shakespeare Project, where she produced 48 professional productions and helped developed its youth, education, and community programs. She was supervising producer of A&E's INSIDE The Old House, and worked for nearly six years as project manager for cellist Yo-Yo Ma, including work internationally on artistic collaborations, education projects, and numerous films. Stackhouse also has experience in public broadcasting, serving as the first director of education for NPR’s From the Top and producing A Taste of Chanukah for PBS, PRI and Rounder Records. Stackhouse also served as executive producer of MIT Media Lab’s Toy Symphony, and as a consultant for many years to the Berkshire Institute for Theology and the Arts. She is currently an affiliated faculty member in Emerson College’s Department of Performing Arts.
MASSCreative is governed by a 13-member board of directors. Stackhouse, who previously served as co-vice chair of the board, will succeed Rus Peotter as chair. Peotter will remain as a crucial advisor and member of the board's executive committee as chair emeritus.
“I can’t say enough good things about Rus and his tenure as chair of the board,” Wilson said. “He led us through a critical planning stage which has given the organization a strong foundation from which to grow in the coming years. We are deeply grateful for his wisdom and service.”
Founded in 2012, MASSCreative works with creative leaders and entrepreneurs, working artists, arts educators, and arts and cultural supporters to empower creative organizations and the public with a powerful voice to advocate for the resources and support necessary to build vibrant and connected communities. More than 300 arts and cultural organizations from around the state are members of MASSCreative.