“Art, Culture and Community” event – Thursday, May 11

“Arts, Culture & Community”
a panel discussion & visioning event
Thursday, May 11, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Malden Senior Community Center

Want to see arts and culture flourish in Malden? Come to a special panel discussion and visioning event sponsored by MATV, Malden’s Media Center , in collaboration with Malden Arts and Malden Creates. Arts and cultural leaders and activists in Malden agree that our city is at a tipping point-a time when it could flourish as it harnesses the contributions and presence of diverse local artists, performers, writers, designers, and other creative professionals. To learn how we can ride the wave, come hear about successful arts ventures and communities that were able to find funding, build a sustainable enterprise/organization, and have an impact.

Participating Panelists:

Andy Jacobson,
Arts activist & entrepreneur

Andy Jacobson is the Board Chair of the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) and the Owner ofBrew’d Awakening Coffeehaus in Lowell. He is an active supporter and promoter of the arts in Lowell, a city that has re-defined itself through the creative economy.

Jean Appolon,
Jean Appolon Expressions

Jean Appolon is the founder of Dance Haiti, a free annual Summer Dance Institute in Port au Prince and the owner/director of Jean Appolon Expressions, a Boston-based Haitian contemporary dance company.

Alvin (Acoma) Colon,
Artist & Co-founder,
Paris Street Gallery/Studios

Alvin Colon has been an artist for over 22 years and specializes in portraits and urban art. In 2013, he renovated and co-founded (with Bill Gear) Paris Street Gallery/Studios in Everett, offering artist space rental, exhibits, concerts and live performances.

Peter Ng,
Artist & philanthropist,

Peter Ng is a scholar of Chinese culture, an internationally renowned calligrapher, as well as a painter, folk dancer and martial artist, based in Boston. He supports organizations and artists that work to preserve Chinese culture.

Lainey Schooltree,
Composer/performer/producer

Lainey Schooltree is a Boston-based composer, vaudeville performer, producer of live shows, multi-instrumentalist, comedian, and audio producer/engineer. Schooltree launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for her rock opera, Heterotopia, for which she wrote both the libretto and music. Exceeding the campaign goal, she raised $20,426 from 206 backers.

Farah Mihoubi,
Writer, business researcher, artist entrepreneur

Farah Mihoubi has worked with faculty and written curriculum and teaching case studies for MBA and undergraduate business school students. She is adept at researching and analyzing businesses, companies, industries and products, and has a strong innovation mindset. Farah is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, with a Master’s degree in Consumer Economics. A mentor for entrepreneurs, Mihoubi’s latest interest is to share her business skills with artists.