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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.

ArtsEmerson presents 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.


Jae Williams

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.

Website: ReelLifeExperience.com

Susan Chinsen

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.

Website: BAAFF.org