The Team

 

MARS is a volunteer-driven organization. We are all so grateful to the MANY volunteers who have made this happen. This is a community project that will take more than the Village of Lanesville - if you are interested in getting involved, please reach out. 

The founding board of directors and its advisors dedicated their time, energy, and resources to establishing a viable nonprofit capable of launching the Manship Project. Having accomplished this goal, we look to expand this pool of volunteers to meet developing opportunities and challenges. Manship Artists Residency + Studios welcomes Jose Mateo, our newest board member!

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José Mateo

Joins Manship Artists Board

The Board of Directors of the Manship Artists Residency + Studios is delighted to introduce our newest board member. Cuban-born choreographer José Mateo is the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s 2017/18 Commonwealth Award for Achievement – the state’s highest honor in the arts, sciences and humanities. He is the Founder and Director of José Mateo Ballet Theatre, one of America’s leading producers of new ballets and the area’s most innovative school for quality ballet training, and the creator of Dance for World Community.

 For over 30 years José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s highly acclaimed Company has regularly presented concerts of Mateo’s celebrated repertory of original works including The Nutcracker. The School offers an innovative model for a high-quality academy with a humanistic approach to ballet training that fosters diversity and inclusion.

Mateo is also widely respected for his civic contribution as innovator of community programs that broaden the reach of ballet and make dance an effective community building force. He is the originator of Dance for World Community, a project that creates local and global networks to expand the role of dance in communities locally and beyond. He is the producing director of the project’s Annual Festival that “celebrates the connective power of dance to build stronger communities”. The DWC Festival presents over 80 local performance groups, provides free introductory classes in diverse dance forms, and features numerous social service agencies that do advocacy around diverse civic, environmental and social issues.

Mateo has served as a Director on the Boards of the Boston Cultural Council, the Cambridge Arts Council, ArtsBoston, Boston Dance Alliance, Dance Umbrella, the Victoria Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan, Homelessness Empowerment Project, MASSCreative and the Muniz Academy. He currently serves on the Boards of Friends of Caritas Cubana, Manship Artist Residency & Studios and Friends of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School; and is the Treasurer of the Cambridge Arts Council Fund.

In 2007, Mr. Mateo was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the Hispanic community in Massachusetts in the Poderometro 2007. In 2012, he was recognized as the Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champion by the Boston Dance Alliance, was awarded the Jorge Hernandez Leadership Award from Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción and received the Cambridge Peace Commission’s Peace and Justice Award. In 2016, Mateo was recently named one of Boston’s 50 Legends and Pioneers by Boston’s Get Konnected.

 

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Rebecca Reynolds

President. A museum professional and arts administrator with some 30 years experience, Reynolds is a curator and art consultant specializing in American sculpture and was the founding director of Forest Hills Educational Trust and its public art program. She is a member of Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts.

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Linda K. Bruce

Secretary. A vice president with Morgan Stanley, Kennedy Bruce has worked for some 30 years in the financial industry.  She has been an active volunteer involved with numerous charities and co-created and served as the former director of the Kids’ Club After School Program in Lynn, MA.

Betsy Whittey

A former Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts and New York, Whittey is now in private practice in Gloucester.  Her expertise is in civil litigation, regulatory process, administrative law and consumer protection.  She was a close friend of Margaret Cassidy Manship.

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Harry Hoglander

Harry served several Presidents over the last 16 years and brings both governmental and political experience to the MARS Board.  He served as a legislative specialist and campaign manager for Congressman John Tierney and has consulted on multiple political campaigns throughout the country. 

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Jo-Ann Castano

Vice-President. A sculptor, arts educator, community cultural organizer with 39 years' experience as an arts administrator and activist, Castano co-established Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts, the Society for the Encouragement for the Arts (seARTS), and the Gloucester Arts & Culture Initiative.

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Donna Hassler

Executive Director of Chesterwood, and Administrator of the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios Program for the National Trust for Historic Preservation,  Hassler is an art historian and museum professional with over 30 years' experience as director and curator of several important cultural institutions.

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Diana N. Theriault

The great grand-daughter of Paul and Isabel Manship and the grand-niece of Margaret Cassidy and John Manship, Diana Natti is a former Gloucester resident who grew up playing on the Manship estate.  She has degrees in art and art history and has studied abroad at an artist residency in France.

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Sandy Stone

Former Founding Treasurer of MARS and former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for a local federally-funded organization. Sandy has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 35 years.  She is a Gloucester native, a neighbor of MARS, and a founding member of Gloucester’s CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).

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Matt Babson

Treasurer.  Stay Tuned for Matt’s bio…..

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Mags Harries

An international public artist, who has completed over 30 major public commissions, Harries is a professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a Gloucester summer visitor for over 20 years.  She has been the recipient of prestigious artist residencies.

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Valerie Gilman

The current Ward 4 City Councilor for the City of Gloucester, Val also brings 25 years experience as an Human Resources Management in high technology companies. Her expertise is in strategic planning and customer satisfaction, training and development and performance management.

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José Mateo

Cuban-born choreographer José Mateo is the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s 2017/18 Commonwealth Award for Achievement – the state’s highest honor in the arts, sciences and humanities. He is the Founder and Director of José Mateo Ballet Theatre, one of America’s leading producers of new ballets and the area’s most innovative school for quality ballet training, and the creator of Dance for World Community.