Interview

Interviews with key ABC staff and collaborators.

Staff Spotlight: Carolyn Renée Pautz

Carolyn is a dancer, gardener, scholar, ethnographer, and Brooklynite! She is ABC’s Director of Research and Strategy. Carolyn’s work is purpose-driven, thoughtful, and community-oriented. She also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Dance Studies from Temple University and a Master of Arts from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a focus in Caribbean anthropology and performance studies. Carolyn continues to be a frequent guest lecturer and dance teaching artist at Webster University.

Interview with Amanda Figueroa

Amanda Figueroa is a web and graphic designer, doctoral candidate, artist, and co-founder of Brown Art Ink (BAI). Through her work as a Resource Manager for BAI, Amanda believes that art is a tool to fight economic injustice, a belief that is central to her work in leading fundraising and other initiatives to unlock institutional resources for artists. She lives in Roxbury with her pup Ari, and is completing her Ph.D. at Harvard University. Here at ABC, we've been working with Amanda to completely redesign our website, which we're so excited to launch!

Staff Spotlight: Rhiannon Murphy

Rhiannon recently transitioned to her new role as Director of Development at Arts Business Collaborative and is a Board member of Network Support Services Inc. (fulfilling her mission to end mass incarceration). She is a humanitarian and climate change activist, organizing for change through policy advocating for Urban Farming be added to The Green New Deal.

Staff Spotlight: Samy Figaredo

In celebration of returning to the office, we wanted to share this month's Staff Spotlight, Samy Figaredo. Since joining ABC earlier this year, Samy has been integral to cultivating a warm, supportive environment of enthusiastic collaboration. Congratulations to this artist, activist, and cat-parent on moving into his new position as Director of GAP Programs!

Celebrating Black Philanthropy Month with Kat Bloomfield

As August draws to a close, we wanted to save our last Black Philanthropy Month spotlight for Kat Bloomfield, the founder and CEO of Arts Business Collaborative. As an artist, entrepreneur, and leader, Kat's work is heavily inspired by her personal and professional experience in the philanthropic world.