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  • Meet the Teaching Artist - Mark Fuller

    Posted Wednesday February 28 2018 at 3:34 pm in Education

    Mark Fuller

    Hello friends!  My name is Mark Fuller and I am a Board Certified Music Therapist.  As a music therapist, I use music as my tool to support the abilities of others to further grow and develop both artistically and developmentally.  With evidence based interventions, my goal is to discover the innate abilities that we have through the use of rhythm and harmony.  I believe that our music begins from the first beat of our heart and is carried with us throughout our lives to nurture and align ourselves with the world around us.

    I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music where I furthered my passion for singing jazz and contemporary styles of music while studying Music Therapy.  I enjoy learning and discovering new instruments and listening to music from all over the world.  I am often caught dancing to the music I listen to in my ear buds and using various music platforms to discover new artists.

    In my training at Berklee, I was able to practice music therapy with a variety of different populations including medical systems, nursing facilities, early interventions, psychiatric facilities, and rehabilitation hospitals.  With my clinical internship at Boston Children’s Hospital I found my passion for continuing my career working with adolescents because of the novelty of experiencing music with them.  I find it inspiring to discover new skills and experiences with children and supporting them as they try something for the first time.

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    Examining Cultural Equity in the Arts - Arts Connect International

    Posted Sunday February 11 2018 at 11:25 pm in Cultural Inclusion

    Reinforcing feedback loops

    Arts Connect International (ACI); a Boston-based non-profit committed to equity in the arts, released a community findings research report, "Examining Cultural Equity in the Arts."

    "There is a 'cultural equity gap' within the United States arts landscape.  This equity gap constitutes the unequal representation in the arts of various identities, including, but not limited to: race, disability, gender, sexual orientation and socio-economic status (class).  The cultural equity gap arises from a systemic inequity in access to the arts, as well as access to positions of power within the arts."

    To better understand the cultural equity gap and its implications on access, ACI launched a two-part study in the summer of 2017, in collaboration with UMass Boston, and with support from the Social Science Research Center’s Dissertation Development Program, funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

    Phase I of the study, whose findings are in the report, cover a national survey and focus groups with local arts leaders, engaged to paint a fuller picture of our arts landscape and leadership.  Phase I focuses on 'influencers' (i.e. arts managers, educators, funders, etc.) understandings and attitudes surrounding the cultural equity gap.  Phase II, set to launch in the summer of 2018, will focus on a community-contextualized perspectives and voices.

    Learn more through downloading or reading the report in PDF.  Text only versions, which read more effectively with screen readers, are available.  Please email Marian Taylor Brown, principle investigator, for said version, and with any questions or comments: marian@artsconnectinternational.org



    Meet the Intern: Alessandra Ruhoy

    Posted Wednesday February 07 2018 at 11:00 pm in Call For Artists

    Alessandra Ruhoy

    Hey!  My name is Alessandra Ruhoy!  I go to school at Learning Prep School in West Newton and I would love to be an actress when I grow up.

    What are your favorite pastimes?
          "I love to laugh, play the drums, work on my original comics, have movie nights, sing karaoke, and dance."

    If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be?
          "I have been working on an original comic and there is a character who is based on me."

    You are trapped on an island.  What three items do you want to have with you?
          "I would like to have a blanket, a heat source, and some sort of boat so I could get off the island."

    Do you have any uncommon talents or quirks?
          "Once I start laughing, it takes a while until I stop!  I also have a lot of energy and ability to talk a lot so my friends wonder when I'll ever grow tired!"

    What brings you to VSA?
          "I am here at VSA because I think it's a great experience to have.  It's my first real job and it's an opportunity to further develop my computer and office skills while working with a great organization."

    What are you doing during your internship?
          "During my internship I'll be working in the office on projects related to COOL Schools."