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Notes From Leadership

On March 12, 2021, Executive Director David C. Howse hosted a Town Hall, hoping our audience would share their feelings about returning back to in-person events. “What’s your level of excitement or trepidation?” “What do you need from us to feel safe?”  By asking these questions, it prompted an important conversation of arts now and in the future, and more specifically, where ArtsEmerson would fit into the story. On this anniversary of our last in-person…

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A night photo of the Paramount Marquee, fully ignited with light and color.

This piece was originally published in the Boston Globe Magazine; it appeared online on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 and in the print edition on Sunday, March 14, 2021. The morning of March 11, 2020 — a year and a lifetime ago — started as a typical day. I embarked on my quotidian routine of breakfast with the family, the commute to the office, phone calls with patrons, and meetings with artists. Plata Quemada, a visually stunning theater adaptation of…

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David C. Howse in conversation with patrons

2020 was a tough year, but here we are at the beginning of 2021.  Happy New Year!   It has been months since we have been physically together inside the theater. While this new year brings great promise, our days ahead will not be without challenges.  We all continue to shoulder the burden of the pandemic as we make meaning of this racial reckoning.  Our journey to safer days continues. Though physical distance is required,…

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A picture of David Dower and David C. Howse together, smiling and in suits.

Creating an institution is not unlike creating a work of art. In this case, the art form is theater. But like every act of creativity, it starts from a vision of something that will be called into being by the people who are making it. David Dower and David C. Howse have been co-leading the work of calling into being a vision for ArtsEmerson with the goal of creating an arts organization that serves as…

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