Photo credit: Candace Walker Photography
Marian Taylor Brown; a recognized arts leader and innovator in greater Boston, is joining VSA Massachusetts as an organizational consultant.
Marian will support the team during leadership transitions as Charlie Washburn retires, and Nicole Agois assumes the position of Managing Director. Later in the year she will work with the team to lead a strategic planning process, building the organization's capacity to best serve its mission and to expand its impact in Boston, and across Massachusetts.
Marian first worked with VSA Massachusetts in 2011 as a Research Intern while completing her Ed.M. at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She also exhibited as a featured solo artist in the Open Door Gallery in 2012. In 2014, she moved back to Boston after completing a Global Health Corps Fellowship in Malawi, and founded a local non-profit called "Arts Connect International", which has been incubated by VSA Massachusetts for the past three years, finding great mission alignment between the two organizations. Marian also worked as a Teaching Artist for VSA at Boston Green Academy in 2014 – 2015. In sum, her work and passion intersect equity, the arts, human rights, intersectionality, research, and practice.
She is now pursuing her doctorate in Global Inclusion & Social Development at UMass Boston (expected 2018), working as a Research Assistant with the Institute for Community Inclusion. Marian's research and practice focusing on the 'cultural equity gap' within arts leadership in the US, straddling the political economy of the arts and arts for human rights.
A quick note from Marian - "I'm thrilled to join VSA's exceptional team during this pivotal time of transition and opportunity. It is a great honor to work with our community (family, really) in creating equity both through, and within, the arts. Please drop a line and introduce yourself – we'll set up a time to grab coffee! I want to hear your visions for change, and VSA wants to make sure your innovations, concerns, and excitements are incorporated in our planning process."
Artist website: http://www.mariantaylorbrown.com