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Community Engagement Coordinator, Creative Economy

Oh, New England’s winter weather can be frightful,
But our creative economy is delightful,
And if you want to be in the know-

CreativeGround.org‘s where to go!

CreativeGround has updated featured profiles on the Home and About pages to warm your soul and inspire your mind! Enjoy a brief introduction to our current featured profiles below. Then, click on the image or name to view their profile and learn more about their work. We’re proud that New England is home to thriving creative entities such as those represented on these powerhouse profiles.

Keep wandering the New England creative wonderland! Search by keyword and Explore your locale on CreativeGround to find the creative businesses, cultural nonprofits, and artists in your community.

Perhaps you’ll be even be inspired to build your own robust, feature-worthy profile…

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Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi) Russell (Massachusetts) - View CreativeGround profile

Ten years after making his professional debut in the world premiere of Philip Glass's Appomattox, Anthony Russell is now a vocalist, composer and arranger specializing in Yiddish art and folk song, chazones and Chasidic nigunim.

Anthony's work in traditional Ashkenazi musical forms led to a musical exploration of his own roots through the research, arrangement and performance of a hundred years of African American traditional music. Anthony’s resulting ongoing performance project in collaboration with klezmer consort Veretski Pass, is called Convergence (Finalist, 2014 New Jewish Culture Network Music Commission). Convergence combines diverse strains of African American and Ashkenazi religious and folk music directly at spiritual, historical and textual crossroads to create a new repertoire of works exploring exile, spirituality, hope and redemption. Anthony's work in Jewish music has brought him to stages across the US and internationally.

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Aquinnah Cultural Center (Massachusetts) - View CreativeGround profile

The Aquinnah Cultural Center is the home of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Museum located near the Gay Head lighthouse. The center, referred to as the Edwin DeVries Vanderhoop Homestead, was built in the late 1890's and restored and reopened in 2006. The Aquinnah Cultural Center's mission is to preserve, educated, and document the Aquinnah Wampanoag self-defined art, history, culture and contributions of the past, present and future.

The purpose of the Aquinnah Cultural Center Inc. as a non-profit organization is to develop and maintain the Aquinnah cultural center that can support diverse tribal activities. The ACC is a sustainable tribal community center with welcoming flexible space to support the ongoing exploration of Wampanoag culture. This vision is about creating a special place to express our beliefs and lifeways as living Wampanoag people as well as providing a place where visitors can learn about our cultural heritage.

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Artreach, Inc. (Connecticut) - view creativeground profile

Artreach is a non-profit Arts and Mental Health agency that uses the creative arts as a tool for healing of individuals and community. Artreach's program members are adults with mental illnesses who come together to create theater, music, and visual arts. Our community of practice is rooted in compassionate awareness, and our activities are focused on the personal and artistic growth of each person. Artreach is also committed to social change, and each public performance is another opportunity to educate the public about people who have mental illnesses, and about how and where to get help when one needs it. Programs (including classes) at Artreach include theater, music, visual arts, and wellness.

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Bagaduce Music Lending Library (Maine) - View CreativeGround Profile

The Bagaduce Music Lending Library began with 250 pieces of music in 1983. Today there are over 250,000 different titles in a great variety of musical genres, with over a million pieces housed in the red barn in Blue Hill. The music donations just keep arriving daily. Every day envelopes boxes and crates are delivered to the Library. We have now become one of the largest music library collections in North America, and our music is available to anyone world-wide for education, performance or research.

The library has hosted the Young Composers Competition and Festival and  Blue Hill Pops concert performances. These events promote musical talent and education and bring the community together to celebrate music and the beginning of summer. The Blue Hill Pops traditionally held on July 3rd is also the music library’s biggest fund\raising event each year.

The Bagaduce Music Lending Library has found a renewed spirit and passion for our mission to collect, preserve and share music.

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Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez (Rhode Island) - View CreativeGround Profile

Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez is a Colombian, Providence-based visual artist, performance artist, and educator. Lundberg Torres Sánchez’ recent performance and visual art works emerge from his experiences of being a transnational adoptee from Colombia growing up and living in the U.S. and consider labor and the limits of empathy when working on problems of structural inequity.

Lundberg Torres Sánchez’s work has appeared in spaces across New England, New York City, Canada, Brazil, and Peru. Lundberg Torres Sánchez is a resident artist at AS220 in Providence, and is a member of the 2012 EMERGENYC cohort at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics. He is the recipient of NEA funding through AS220’s 2017 Community Live Arts Residency, was RISCA’s 2017 Merit Fellow in New Genres, and is RISCA’s 2018 Merit Fellow in Film & Video. *NEST ELIGIBLE*

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BIG INK (New Hampshire) - View CreativeGround Profile

"Our mission is to inspire a greater public appreciation for large-scale woodblock printmaking and to extend its practice."

BIG INK is an organized network of creative thinkers focused on carving, printing, and promoting large scale woodcuts.  BIG INK invites artists to submit a proposal to create a woodcut, at least 24” x 36” in dimension, through bigink.org.  Approximately sixteen artists are accepted per event and given two months to carve an image. At the end of the two months, BIG INK meets with the artists at a predetermined space, such as an art center, festival, or community print shop, and helps them print his or her woodcut onto paper. These events culminate in exhibition opportunities and potential sales for the artists who participate. BIG INK also works with organizations such as universities or museums by hosting events, workshops and lectures. Find out what “The Big Tuna” is by viewing their CreativeGround profile.

Toby dances with crutches on the ground with hay, in front of wooden slats. It may be inside a barn, with sun shining through the slats.
Profile photo by Mark Collier.

Toby MacNutt (Vermont) - View CreativeGround Profile

Toby MacNutt is a queer, trans, disabled artist. While not often making art explicitly about those identities, all of Toby’s work is informed by that experience, through the lens of the body: how does it move, what is its shape, where are its boundaries? How do other people engage with the body? How does a body engage itself with the world? How does the body hold the self?

As a dancer, as in my everyday life, Toby is comfortable moving in multiple modalities - wheeling, walking with crutches, moving with the help of floor or other environmental features, aerial silks - and is able to use that fluidity in complex and often surprising ways choreographically. Toby is interested in the shifts between effort and ease, and where each can be found in their own body, and is deeply in love with the unique aesthetics of disabled dance, and the possibilities available within. Toby is also a poet and prose author, and a textile artist with experience in spinning, dyeing, weaving, sewing, knitting, and more. Toby’s interest in embodiment and in sensory experiences bridges between all these forms. Toby is exploring the creation of mixed-media, immersive performance installations, taking multiple perspectives at once and integrating them through the senses with a Universal Design framework. What does it mean to not only observe but to feel, hear, and move?