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On Tuesday, May 7, the Boston Center for the Arts played host to arts practitioners from around New England at a special breakfast and panel discussion. The second annual Arts Professionals’ Breakfast recognized three organizations for their unique contributions to the arts community in Massachusetts.

This year’s panelists included Terry Byrne from the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Brian Christopher Glaser from Big Red & Shiny, and Ekua Holmes from The Center for Art and Community Partnerships at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Chef Gordon Hamersley, of the legendary Hamersley’s Bistro, generously provided breakfast for more than 75 attendees while the panelists engaged in lively discussion with Boston Center for the Arts’ President and CEO Veronique Le Melle. Guests also had time to network with other arts administrators, a valuable opportunity as expressed by a number of attendees:

“I had forgotten how refreshed you get when you are sitting in a room full of people who ‘get’ what you do. What a great event, and a wonderful breakfast.” – Julie Hennrikus, Executive Director, StageSource

“The Arts Professionals’ Breakfast provides the perfect forum for arts leaders to connect, to network and to celebrate innovation in Boston’s rich arts community. I am so pleased that the Boston Center for the Arts recognized this need and organized such an incredible event.” – Jen Guillemin, Assistant Director, Boston University College of Fine Arts

“The annual Arts Professionals’ Breakfast hosted by the Boston Center for the Arts has become the place to be to meet with colleagues, discuss innovative projects and initiatives and sector-related issues and trends. I am especially pleased to see that the robust attendance includes representatives of arts and culture sector organizations throughout the greater-Boston area.” – Jason Weeks, Executive Director, Cambridge Arts Council

“Opportunities such as the Arts Professionals’ Breakfast bring the arts administration community closer together; and when we leave we feel reenergized and inspired by what we’ve learned and discussed.” – Carolyn Brown, Group Sales Manager, Boston Ballet

“It was great to hear about programs unique to Boston, all working to integrate the arts more fully into our community and push us closer to being the strong arts city we know we can be....I found the chance to connect and reconnect with creative professionals to be extremely rewarding.” – Sarah Berry, Program Manager, The Art Connection

Submissions for next year’s Arts Professionals’ Breakfast will be accepted starting in early 2014.

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Photo credit: Elizabeth Chase



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