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New England Foundation for the Arts Names Advisory Council

Shoshona Currier, Stephanie P. Fortunato, Alyce Lee, and Jacob Padrón have been appointed as council members.

BOSTON: The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has announced the appointment of four new members to the organization’s advisory council.

The new members include Shoshona (Shoni) Currier, Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, Maine; Stephanie P. Fortunato, the Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, Providence, R.I.; Alyce Lee, volunteer, Boston; and Jacob Padrón, the Sol Project and Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, Conn. As members of the advisory council, they will serve as NEFA’s strategic advisors and community ambassadors.

Jacob Padrón. (Photo by Marc J. Franklin)

“The Advisory Council connects NEFA to the power of diverse leadership perspectives and multiple points of strategic input,” said NEFA executive director Cathy Edwards in a statement. “Our work is most successful when we are connected to one another and to the robustness of New England’s cultural landscape.”

The four newest members join a group of returning council members that include David Howse (co-chair), Arts Emerson, Boston; Sarah Coffey, state representative; Molly Davies, James E. Robinson Foundation, Stowe, Vt.; Pamela Diamantis, Curbstone Financial Management Corp, Manchester, N.H.; Ana Flores, Earth Inform Studio, Charlestown, R.I.; Felicia Knight, the Knight Canney Group, Scarborough, Maine; Liana Krupp, Krupp Family Foundation, Boston; Angie Lane, Red River Theatres, Concord, N.H.; Denise Menton, attorney, New York City; Frank Mitchell, the Amistad Center for Art & Culture, Hartford, Conn.; and Anita Walker, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston.

“We welcome these new members to the Advisory Council,” said council co-chair Sandra Burton in a statement. “And we look forward to working together to expand our partnerships, networks and learning.”

The New England Foundation for the Arts invests in artists and communities and fosters equitable access to the arts, enriching the cultural landscape in New England and the nation. NEFA serves as a regional partner for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England’s state arts agencies, and private foundations.

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