Established in 2016, Community Curators is a program of ArtsEmerson that engages Boston artists and organizers to envision and produce events in ArtsEmerson’s downtown spaces and is supported by grants from the Fresh Sound Foundation and Artplace America.
For our 2016/17 season, ArtsEmerson presents five curators producing events that range from a live music benefit, to film screenings, to moderated discussions to a fashion show. All are welcome to attend to experience different perspectives and fresh new voices that help elevate conversation and collaboration in our city.
MEET OUR 16/17 SEASON CURATORS
Justin Springer, Outside the Box Agency
Justin is president of Outside The Box Agency, a creative think-tank agency that pairs cutting-edge ideas with revolutionary talent to offer clients unparalleled services in branding, public relations, and consulting. He also recently launched BREAD (Boston's Racial + Economic Activated Dialogue), the Dream Builders Youth Project, and sponsored a visual art mural of 5-time Grammy award-winning artist and disco queen, Donna Summer.
Jae Williams, Forever Ink Foundation
Jae Williams is an award-winning filmmaker (Kay Borne Emerging Filmmaker award, Brother Thomas Artist Fellowship Award), and arts advocate. Born in Southside Chicago, raised in West Medford, Massachusetts Williams left high school and pursued a degree from Emerson College. Graduating with a bachelor's in media production and master's degree in Integrated Marketing, he serves as Digital Media Producer at Emerson College. In his role he is also fortunate to act as a mentor for film and media production students who have hopes of building a successful film career in the future. In 2008, Williams founded Forever Ink which produces short films and executes a monthly film series called the Reel Life Experience as well as an annual charity event called Celebration of the Arts Red Carpet Experience.
Bithiah Carter, New England Blacks in Philanthropy
Bithiah Carter is the President of New England Blacks in Philanthropy. She is the former Executive Director of Grand Circle Foundation and has also served as a consultant in the philanthropic sector focusing on the needs of children and families in the greater Boston community. Before entering the non-profit world, she worked for nearly ten years in the financial services industry in New York and Boston. In addition, she serves as a member of the board of directors of several local and national nonprofit organizations. Ms. Carter lives in Milton, MA with her husband and daughter.
Malia Lazu, Epicenter Community
Upon completing a two-year fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Malia Lazu returned to Boston to build nonprofit models for the 21st century. With over two decades of experience establishing grass roots involvement in political advocacy and civic engagement, Malia felt the nonprofit industry was too dependent on money and was in need of disruption. This belief led her to create Future Boston Alliance and then Epicenter Community, organizations working to change the world by being intentional when building diverse communities and celebrating the beautiful ways we are different.
Susan Chinsen, Boston Asian American Film Festival
Susan Chinsen is the establishing director of the Boston Asian American Film Festival (a project of Asian American Resource Workshop), seeking to use films to elevate the awareness of issues impacting Asian Americans. In 2013, she joined the Chinese Historical Society of New England/CHSNE as the Managing Director, focusing on documenting, promoting, and preserving the experiences of Chinese in the region-- with a priority focus on Boston's Chinatown neighborhood. She also serves on the Board of Directors at South Cove Community Health Center, with an interest in contributing back to a community center that was critical in helping her family access needed healthcare upon immigrating to the U.S. She was raised in the greater Boston area and graduated from Tufts University where she majored in American Studies with a focus on Media and Asian Americans.
Community Curators Press Release