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Artists in Residence

The Artist Residency program invites internationally acclaimed artists, designers and scholars to engage with the College of Arts, Media and Design. The residents work with the Northeastern faculty, students and staff and communities in the surrounding neighborhoods of Boston.

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CAMD Book Club

This series demonstrates the value of writing, research and scholarship at the College of Arts, Media and Design. CAMD Book Club features recent publications by faculty within the college.

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Neighborhood Matters

Neighborhood Matters is a lunchtime series that celebrates the ways in which community groups have shaped the neighborhoods surrounding the Northeastern campus. This series is co-curated by the Northeastern Center for the Arts and the Archives and Special Collections at the Northeastern University Library.

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Richard Saul Wurman's Conversations at CAMD

Founder of the TED conference, Richard Saul Wurman, Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Design in the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University, will curate a series of improvisational one-to-one conversations with some of the world’s most fascinating thinkers, doers & intellectual leaders. The format for the conversations blends the 19th century salon with 21st century subjects, such as technology, media and economics. Mr. Wurman describes these improvisational conversations as a form of “intellectual jazz”.

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Tools & Technology for Creativity

Tools for Creativity is a series of workshops that provide diverse audiences with direct access to emerging technologies that have creative applications. These workshops are geared towards artists, musicians & media makers but open to all. Although focused on the creation of media, these workshops also encourage the creation of new media-making tools & technology.

About the Center

The Northeastern Center for the Arts is dedicated to interdisciplinary exchange that fosters creativity, with a special attention towards the emerging digital, collaborative and hybrid practices inspired by today’s leading artists, designers and entrepreneurs. The Center for the Arts supports the development, creation and presentation of innovate new works, and facilitates public programs and artists residencies on the Northeastern campus.

Based in the College of Arts, Media and Design our mission is to inspire creative leadership and contribute to the cultural life of the Northeastern campus and our surrounding communities.

Creativity, Design, Action is our mission  



Bree Edwards

Director, Northeastern Center for the Arts

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Vanessa Gardner

Program Coordinator, Northeastern Center for the Arts

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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.


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.

Bree Edwards

Director, Northeastern Center for the Arts


I am director of the Northeastern Center for the Arts, in Boston, MA. My career in the curation, production and administration of contemporary art has included positions at the Asheville Art Museum (NC) and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston (TX). From 2003-2004, I was Curatorial Fellow at DeAppel Centre for Contemporary Art, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I am currently a Susan Vogt Fellow with the Boston Consortium and a member of the Northeastern Public Art Initiative.

I am also co-founder of Be Johnny Studio. We edit, produce and design videos and interactive environments. We have extensive expertise with museum exhibitions, corporate events, world concert tours, television, higher education, architecture, public art & internet / social media.

I hold a B.A. from Goddard College (VT) and am a graduate of Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies (NY) with an M.A. in Curatorial Studies of Contemporary Art. I 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. I have also served on numerous grant and award panels for organizations including Houston Cinema Arts and the Houston Arts Alliance’s Civic Art + Design committee.


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.