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Leadership Circle Award Honorees
Meet the 2015 Honorees
Former Chair, Medford Arts Council
Maria served two terms on the Medford Arts Council in roles including chair, co-chair, and treasurer. She now serves as treasurer on the board of CACHE, the Coalition for Arts, Culture, and a Healthy Economy in Medford. Maria works in the field of nonprofit communications, currently at Hunt Alternatives in Cambridge. She spent nine years at public broadcasting station WGBH as director of new media for the PBS history series, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Her first "real" post-college job was at the Perseus Project, Tufts University, producing innovative digital library tools in collaboration with over 70 museums worldwide. She holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University and an MFA in photography from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Maria has taught photography at the Boston Architectural College since 1998.
Treasurer, Hanover Cultural Council
Katie has been an active member of the Hanover Cultural Council for 11 years. During her tenure Katie helped establish Hanover Day, which is a yearly celebration that highlights arts, music, and local businesses and craftsmen. Katie chairs a group of dedicated volunteers who work to make this June event a fun way to build community. Over the past three years the event has raised more than $50,000 to be used to give additional grants to worthy projects in Hanover and surrounding communities. Katie graduated from UMass Lowell with a degree in Music Performance/Music Business and has been a professional singer and theater actress for over 25 years in the Boston area. She currently works as a Realtor with William Raveis Real Estate in Norwell. She resides in Hanover with her husband John and her children Aria, John, and Ella.
Chair, Agawam Cultural Council
Bob arrived in Agawam in October 2002, having moved from Peabody. Wanting to get involved in his town and become a part of the local scene, he joined the Agawam Cultural Council (ACC) and has served as its Chair for more than 10 years. The ACC Applause Series , now in its 11th year, has been one of his passions. The Applause Series continues to be a very popular program, with attendance numbering in the hundreds at some events. With his interest in the arts, he created and has chaired three different Open Juried Shows for the Friends of the Agawam Public Library. The Fine Art Juried Show is in its 7th year, the Photography Juried Show is in its 5th year, and a new 3D Juried Art Object Show will take place June 12 and 13, 2015. Bob is also a board member of the Council on Aging, the Friends of the Agawam Senior Center, and the Friends of the Agawam Public Library. He is a retired computer programmer and enjoys organizing help sessions at the Agawam Senior Center.
Former Chair, Medfield Cultural Council
Jean served on the Medfield Cultural Council from 2008-2014. In her last two years as Chair, Jean successfully led the process to secure funds from the town to match the Massachusetts Cultural Council's allocation. She also created the volunteer-led Art in Public Places, to enhance Medfield's public spaces through temporary or permanent art works, installations, or programs. Her council-supported public art project Vision and Voices was one of four winners of a national competition in the CommunityMatters "Successful Communities Contest." Mineo also serves on the steering committee to create a Cultural District in her town, and the new Medfield Cultural Alliance. In her consulting, Jean has managed seven permanent public art installations in Boston and beyond in recent years. She currently manages the Boston Sculptors Gallery, and previously led the Jamaica Plain Open Studios and the New Art Center in Newton.
Meet the 2014 Honorees
Chair, Monterey Cultural Council
Wendy G. Jensen has been an active member of the Monterey Cultural Council since 2009, and is currently serving as Chair. For the last five years she organized and facilitated the town-wide Monterey Makers Studio Tour. Wendy is also an award-winning professional basketmaker, teaching workshops at museums, crafts schools, conventions, and in her studio. Her work can be seen at several juried craft shows and gallery exhibits around the eastern United States. Most recently, her work was published in "500 Baskets" by Lark Books, and a piece was on display on the White House Christmas tree.
Treasurer, Westport Cultural Council
As a dedicated member of the Westport Cultural Council, Carol Vidal has served many roles throughout her tenure on the council - Secretary, President, and currently Treasurer. Carol graduated from Bridgewater State College with a bachelor's degree in history. She is retired from her position as Registrar for the Southern New England School of Law (now the University of Massachusetts School Of Law) in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. She enjoys art and music, and has travelled all over the world - from Antarctica to New Zealand. In her free time she enjoys reading, dollhouse miniatures, and most recently, participating in 5K road races.
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Meet the 2013 Honorees
Chair, Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council
Barbara Estabrook has been a member of the Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council since 2008 and currently serves as chair. Through the ABCC, she has collaborated on numerous projects including concerts, international cultural celebrations, ABCC's annual international film festival, short film nights (featuring talkbacks with the filmmakers), and the Art of Recycling initiative which includes a sculpture workshop, indoor/outdoor exhibit, and permanent installation of a recycled metal sculpture. She remains dedicated to maintaining a diverse council and invaluable partnerships such as an advisory group of high school students. Barbara is a staunch supporter of both visual and performing arts, and an enthusiastic amateur choral singer. She is also active with the Open Door Theater of Acton as a member of the board of directors, a crew member, and occasional ensemble cast member. A resident of Massachusetts for forty years, Barbara and her husband have two grown children, and she manages health behavior research projects at UMass Medical School in addition to being a certified health education specialist.
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