Creativity + Design + Action

The mission of the Northeastern Center for the Arts is to inspire creative leadership and contribute to the cultural life of the Northeastern campus and greater Boston by promoting civic engagement and creative inquiry. The Center is part of the College of Arts, Media and Design.

Creativity + Design + Action

The mission of the Northeastern Center for the Arts is to inspire creative leadership and contribute to the cultural life of the Northeastern campus and greater Boston by promoting civic engagement and creative inquiry. The Center is part of the College of Arts, Media and Design.

About the Center

The Northeastern Center for the Arts has been responsible for organizing public events in the performing arts for the university and local community since 1993. In 2010, The College of Arts, Media and Design was created as part of the restructuring of the former College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Criminal Justice. As part of this restructuring, the Center was realigned as a unit within the College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) under the leadership of Dean Xavier Costa.

Given the new vision and structure of CAMD, the Northeastern Center for the Arts under the leadership of Director Bree Edwards, launched in 2013 with the mission to present collaborative and socially engaged public programming. The Center is dedicated to the interdisciplinary exchange that drives creativity, transformation, and innovation and works across the disciplines contained within CAMD with a special interest in emerging technology for artists, creative leadership, and entrepreneurship.

Leadership

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Bree Edwards

Director, Northeastern Center for the Arts

Bree Edwards is Director of the Northeastern Center for the Arts, a program dedicated to the development and presentation of interdisciplinary projects. Edwards’ career in arts administration and curation has included positions throughout the United States including the Asheville Art Museum (NC) and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston (TX). From 2003-2004, she was Curatorial Fellow at DeAppel Centre for Contemporary Art, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Bree holds her BA from Goddard College (VT) and is a graduate of Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies (NY) with an MA in Curatorial Studies of Contemporary Art. She has previously served on Advisory boards of the Aurora Picture Show, Western Carolina Media Arts Alliance, the Public Art Committee of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, and Blaffer Art Museum. She has served on numerous grant and award panels for organizations including Houston Arts Alliance Civic Art + Design.

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Vanessa Gardner

Program Coordinator, Northeastern Center for the Arts

Vanessa Gardner is the Program Coordinator for the Center for the Arts in the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University.  A graduate of the Boston Conservatory, she is an active freelance horn player performing regularly with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Symphony New Hampshire, among other acclaimed New England performance ensembles. Vanessa most recently served as the assistant to the director of the Concerts Office at MIT where she managed logistics and finances for student ensemble performances as well as events for faculty, guest artists-in-residence and the institute at large. She worked closely with the Office of the Arts, the Visiting Artist Program and the Center for Arts, Science and Technology. In addition to her work at MIT, Vanessa spent two seasons as the General Manager of the Lexington Symphony and her planning of the 2012-2013 season received two top ASCAP awards: the Leo Kaplan award for under-30 composers and first place for programming contemporary music. Other roles have included personnel manager for Symphony by the Sea (Marblehead, MA) and the Longwood Symphony Orchestra where she also served on the Board of Directors.

Programming

The public programs of the Northeastern Center for the Arts are the front door into the College of Arts, Media and Design for students and the local community. The public programs raise awareness of the college and highlight interdisciplinary collaboration. The nationally recognized artists, designers and thinkers that are brought to Northeastern by the Center deepen the educational experience for our students and help them better identify with the distinctive creative leadership of CAMD.

Community

Creative Leaders

Part academic exercise, part intentional community, the Creative Leadership program connects a select group of CAMD students with Boston’s most courageous thinkers, designers, entrepreneurs, community organizers, and artists. For more info, click here.

Partners

Get Involved

The Center is a place for University-wide creative endeavors. Northeastern community members from all colleges are welcome and encouraged to get involved.