Over the past two weeks, Boston’s creative community submitted public comments on the draft and many arts and cultural leaders have voiced their feedback in the media. The Boston Globe weighed in with an editorial, outlining a list of concerns about the City of Boston’s draft plan: it does not have a clear roadmap for action nor does it have new funding streams to implement the plan. Boston Magazine gave a detailed report of the Cultural Planning Process, pointing out that accountability and funding were always part of the conversation – from the Boston Creates Steering Committee down to the Town Halls and Community Conversations. 

We want to make sure your voice is heard, too. The Boston Creates team has done a great job of engaging the public in the Cultural Planning process. This Chat will give you another chance to weigh in on the conversation. 

Over the course of the hour-long Chat, we'll be diving into the question of funding - a subject that wasn't included in the draft version of the Cultural Plan. Together, we can help point to ideas and valuable resources for figuring out how to fund the great work of the Boston creative community. 

Join the conversation this Thursday May 26, from 12 pm - 1 pm:



Featuring panelists:


Catherine Peterson ( @catherpeterson )

Catherine is Executive Director of ArtsBoston, Boston’s largest arts service organization. Under her leadership, ArtsBoston’s work has been acknowledged with two Commonwealth Awards, the state’s highest award for arts, science and humanities. Prior to taking the helm of ArtsBoston, Catherine had served in a variety of executive-level positions, including Project Manager for the Worcester Art Museum’s mulit-million dollar audience development program supported by the Wallace Foundation; Vice President at Columbia Artists Managementand, Artistic Administrator for The Cleveland Orchestra.  Earlier in her career the English National Opera recruited Catherine to launch the first opera merchandise store in Great Britain.  A skilled writer, her classical music criticism has appeared in The Boston Globe. She is a board member of MASSCreative, Chorus America and the Friends of Copley Square and an Overseer at Emerson College.  Born in Berkeley, California, Catherine graduated summa cum laude from Wellesley College.


Craig_Coogan_picture_-_credit_Michael_Willer.jpg  Craig Coogan ( @BGMC1982 )

Craig is the Executive Director of the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus. He is an expert in developing strategies and programs to help LGBTQ and other nonprofit organizations achieve their operational and artistic goals. He previously served as Executive Director for One Voice Mixed Chorus in St. Paul, Minnesota and was a founding board member and served for 10 years as treasurer of the acclaimed women’s choral group Vox Femina Los Angeles. He has also produced independent movies and several award-winning documentaries and acclaimed original plays.



Reginauld Williams ( @reginauldw )

Reginauld "Reggie" began his journey to build a better society through media at age 15 as a Media Literacy Educator. Currently, he is responsible for business development and digital marketing at Press Pass TV, a nonprofit social enterprise. He leverages over ten years of industry and sector experience to help further the organization's aim of "educating, employing and empowering" youth. Reggie also has experience working in the federal government, and the public and private sectors, having worked at IBM, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and New England Cable News (NECN). Reggie has also led workshops for Oxfam America, Emerson College, Media Matters and the Do It Your Damn Self Film Festival.

In 2015, Reggie was the only non-executive director to serve as Lead Innovator for Press Pass TV in the 2015 Social Innovation Showcase to over 300 investors, funders, and corporate & nonprofit partners. Reggie serves on the Leadership Councils for MassCreative and the United Negro College Fund New England Chapter. In his commitment to philanthropy in service, he volunteers as a grant maker for the Haymarket People's Fund, a foundation rooted in combating racism and systemic oppression funding organizations across New England.



Sarah Shampnois ( @sshampnois )

Sarah is a co-founder of Company One Theatre and serves as the organization's Managing Director. She holds a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) in Nonprofit Management from the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University and a BA in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University. Sarah develops and oversees Company One's financial and fundraising activities. She also heads strategic planning efforts and has designed the structural framework for many of the organization's programs including: Stage One: In-School, which partners with Boston high schools to offer arts programming; the C1 Street Team, an audience engagement program that targets the 15-24 year old population; and Company One’s current intern program. Past experience includes work with AmeriCorps, New Jersey Community Water Watch, MassPIRG, and the President's Council on Sustainable Development under President Clinton.



Edrie ( @armyoftoys ) 

Edrie is a proud Dorchester resident and graduate of Emerson College. Her arts advocacy started when she landed in Boston, fresh from the North Dakota farm where she grew up, and garnered a work study job at the Majestic Theatre, helping to restore the old theatre to its present glory. Over the years, Edrie has worked hard throughout the greater Boston area bringing art and arts education to under-served communities.  It was Edrie’s honor to serve on Boston Mayor Walsh’s Late-Night Task Force helping the group to understand the unique needs of artists. 

Edrie is president of WIREFOREST, an arts organization that brings together a diverse pool of over 100 artists to put on ART Happenings both locally and nationally. WIREFOREST has worked with organizations such as Liars and Believers, Company One, Cambridge Arts Council, Somerville Arts Council, Boston Circus Guild, Arts Emerson, First Night, ORG and the A.R.T.. Some nights you can find Edrie recalling her North Dakota roots as she plays the accordion for the local art-rock group Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys.



Liz Devlin ( @FLUXboston ) 

Elizabeth Devlin is an independent curator, art consultant, and founder of FLUX. Boston, an online resource for artists and art enthusiasts in the Boston area and beyond. Through current event coverage, artist interviews, and educational posts, Elizabeth enables FLUX. readers to feel informed, engaged in, and connected to the pulse of Boston Arts. Her writing has been featured in Art New England, New American Paintings, and Art21 Magazine among others. In 2015 she was the organizer and curator behind the Isles Arts Initiative, a summer-long public arts program on the Boston Harbor Islands, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and in venues across the city. As a trusted resource and friend to the arts community, a certified Boston Redevelopment Authority artist and curator of several critically acclaimed exhibitions to-date, Elizabeth strives to make the art world more accessible and to champion the endeavors of Boston's creative community.




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