Activating the Creative Economy

Artwork by Rico St. Paul

On August 19, 2019, MATV, in collaboration with the City of Malden and the Malden Redevelopment Authority hosted a Reception – Activating the Creative Economy to provide the community with an update on what is coming to Pleasant Street and the opportunities and spaces this opens up for artists, performers, businesses, cultural representatives, and all players in the creative economy. The reception was held at Commerce Place, 350 Main Street, Malden, thanks to the generous hospitality of Preotle, Lane & Associates.
The program included remarks from:

  • Gary Christenson, Mayor of Malden
  • John Preotle, Preotle, Lane & Associates
  • Debbie Burke, Malden Redevelopment Authority
  • Sandi Silk, Jefferson Apartment Group
  • Kevin Duffy, City of Malden
  • Anne D’Urso-Rose, MATV, Malden’s Media Center

Gary Christenson
Mayor of Malden

The time has come for a permanent place for arts in Malden’s economy.

Debbie Burke, Executive Director
Malden Redevelopment Authority

Partnerships across the business and arts sectors will help create a thriving downtown and city.

Kevin Duffy, Strategy and Business Development Officer
City of Malden

Updates about Malden’s growing “Gaming District’ and new businesses that will continue to build the Creative Economy of Malden.

John Preotle
Preotle, Lane & Associates

It makes good business sense to support the arts.

Sandi Silk, Senior Vice President & Development Partner
Jefferson Apartment Group

J Malden Center is here to help Malden Center be a unique hub of creative activity for the region.

Anne D’Urso-Rose, Associate Director
MATV, Malden’s Media Center

MATV, Malden’s Media Center offers a platform for arts & culture information exchange and collaboration as next steps for activating the Creative Economy.


The reception included music provided by the Niko Malinowski Trio.

The Niko Malinowski Trio is a jazz ensemble consisting of guitar, bass, and drums. The band leader, Niko, is a Malden resident who is passionate about promoting the arts in the Malden community and enjoys sharing his love of music with his audience.  

The Trio is heavily influenced by the early jazz giants and the innovators of modern music. It features Niko Malinowski on guitar, Sam Bigus on bass, and Adam Malinowski on drums. The group plays a mix of jazz standards, contemporary tunes and original compositions. The Trio is energetic and engaging and have played numerous local venues including Chianti, Brodie’s, The Fallout Shelter and The Bebop. They have also played for community events such as Circle the Square Medford, and the Medford Art Gallery. Their music emphasizes conversation and improvisation, and seeks to captivate and inspire the listener.

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