Creative Entrepreneurs Conversations: Music as a Social Change Catalyst
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How can the arts be used to create innovative social change? March's installment of Creative Entrepreneurs Conversations explores this topic with a world-renowned panel of social entrepreneurs, concentrating on social entrepreneurship and the interplay of social change, the arts, and the startup mindset. Host Panos Panay will be joined by the following people to have a lively topical debate and answer questions.
Former president of the New England Conservatory, Tony Woodcock is a leading pioneer in the field of arts management and music education. At the heart of his work is a dedication to positioning future generations of artists as independent innovators and community leaders. Woodcock was president of the New England Conservatory from 2007 to 2015, following a transcontinental career managing orchestras including those in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Oregon; the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; and the Bournemouth Symphony.
Award-winning mezzo-soprano and social entrepreneur Carla Dirlikov Canales has been praised by Opera Magazine for possessing a voice that “grabs the heartstrings with its dramatic force and musicality.” In 2014 she became the first singer ever to win the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence, an honor bestowed upon her by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Sotomayor in a ceremony and concert at the Supreme Court of the United States. In 2015 she became the first opera singer to be named as one of Foreign Policy's 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015.
The founder of Revolution of Hope, David France is an active performer, innovative educator, and visionary leader. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music’s prestigious Sistema Fellows Program, which trains passionate, socially minded musicians to become leaders in the movement to bring Music for Social Change programs to the United States. France is currently the executive director of Revolution of Hope, a world-class youth orchestra in the underserved Boston neighborhood of Roxbury.
Julie Leven is the founder and executive and artistic director for Shelter Music Boston. In 2010 she founded this social service organization to provide an immediate positive impact with classical music performances in environments of great need. She was the first-ever classical musician to receive the Boston Neighborhood Fellow award and the first-ever classical musician to be named a Social Innovator by the nationally renowned nonprofit accelerator, Social Innovation Forum.
As chief happiness spreader, Liz Powers is ArtLifting’s heart and soul as well as its founder. A serial social entrepreneur who has received multiple grants and awards for her work, Powers was awarded the Unsung Heroine Award at the Massachusetts State House in 2010 for founding art collectives and the LIFT Bike Project. Powers has an A.B. in sociology from Harvard College and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh.