Eric Bachrach, M.M., has been working in the field of community based arts education, management, programming and presentation for over 30 years. He is the founder and executive director emeritus of the Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) and a principal in ReCharge Arts, an independent arts management consulting firm that specializes in nurturing new, emerging, and established small to medium community based arts programs in realizing their visions and missions. He led CMSS from infancy through maturity and raised over $6 million in two capital campaigns and $4 million in annual support over the 27 years he served as executive director. In his tenure at CMSS he not only moved the school to a magnificent 34,000 square foot art deco former bank, but was responsible for the total renovation of the bank into an arts center, the creation of a preschool of the arts, as well as the establishment of an important performing arts venue. Bachrach has worked with arts organizations from Vermont to California. Program development, community development through the arts, strategic planning, board development, financial management, resource management, fundraising and grant writing are some of his areas of specialization. Bachrach has served on panels for the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and Tourism, the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He has served on the board and executive committee of the National Guild of Community Arts Education and chaired its membership committee, which resulted in greatly increased diversity of the Guild's constituency, and also serves on the board of the Arts Extension Institute. He has received several awards for his work in community arts, most recently the National Guild's Lifetime Service Award. He received his undergraduate English degree from Hunter College, a Master of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and arts management training from the Arts Extension Service. Courses taught: Financial Management
Dee Boyle-Clapp, M.F.A., M.N.M., is the Director of the Arts Extension Service where she leads training programs in a variety of arts management topics for state arts agencies around the country, teaches in AES’ arts administration degree and certificate programs, and conducts AES research projects. Dee is a sculptor, installation artist and lecturer on 'green' topics and has over 25 years of experience in the arts, teaching a variety of studio, art history and arts management courses at UMass Amherst, museum schools, and community colleges. Dee co-owned the Artemis Gallery and was a founding member and the first director of the Art Bank, and was part of the restoration team for this 1860's bank building in Shelburne Falls, MA. As Director she ran all programming for two galleries, studio art courses, the Children’s Blue Snow Performance Series, the adult performance series, festivals and community events. Dee directed a local humane society, and established successful humane education and outreach programs, doubled the organization’s endowment and annual operating budget, and prepared the organization for a $5 million capital campaign. She was program coordinator for the Fostering the Arts and Culture Partnership creative economy project organizing business and marketing training, exhibition and web opportunities, and networking for artists. She joined the staff at the Arts Extension Service in 2008. Dee's work has long involved sustainability. She has greened two organizations, co-founded and co-chaired a UMass Green Team, and lectures on sustainability issues. Dee lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and son on a solar-powered off-grid llama farm. She holds bachelor's degrees in art and art history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an MFA in sculpture from UMass Amherst, and a Master's in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Courses taught on campus: Introduction to Arts Management, Fundraising, Greening Your Nonprofit Arts Organization, Arts and Culture Internship Preparation Guide, Foundations in Arts Entrepreneurship.
Craig Dreeszen, Ph.D. is an educator, consultant, and writer who works nationally with arts and other community organizations to do organizational development and strategic planning, collaborative planning, program evaluation, and community cultural planning. Craig earned his Ph.D. in regional planning and his M.Ed. in organizational development at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is author of many books and articles and courses on planning, board development, arts education collaborations, and program evaluation. Craig directed the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts for twelve years until 2002, before he founded Dreeszen & Associates, a consulting firm in Northampton, Massachusetts. Courses taught: Strategic Planning
Todd Trebour, M.M, is an arts manager, operatic performer, theatre artist, and educator based in Western Massachusetts. Todd is currently the marketing and development director at Chester Theatre Company (CTC), a professional summer theatre company in Chester, MA. Todd recently oversaw the rebranding of CTC including the creation of a new website, logo, and communications strategy. Todd worked as a professional operatic performer and concert soloist, performing with companies throughout the United States and Canada. Todd was a member of Houston Grand Opera's Opera-to-Go, HGO's touring operatic ensemble, giving over 500 performances in 9 different productions. To pursue his dream of original performance creation, Todd became an apprentice actor, musician, and company member at Double Edge Theatre, where he studied their movement-based improvisation and original work development methodologies. Following his tenure at Double Edge Theatre, Todd created the experimental opera-theatre piece Come and Sleep: An Operatic Fantasy for Voice, Cello, and Silence, the flagship production of his company, Alchemical Opera Project. Developed over the course of two years, Come and Sleep toured internationally throughout the northern United States and Canada. In his community-based work, Todd served as treasurer, board member, and fiscal consultant for Northampton-based c3, a creative community collective, and project development consultant for Art At Work-Holyoke, a project part of the national initiative Art At Work. Todd received his BA from Whitman College, where he studied biology and music, his M.M in Voice from Rice University in Houston, TX, and his Core Certificate in Arts Management from the Arts Extension Service. Course taught: Foundations in Arts Entrepreneurship