Join us and nearly 200 arts and cultural organizations across Massachusetts in celebrating #ArtsMatterDay, an online effort to shine a light on the importance of arts, culture, and creative expression! Celebrity Series has been bringing the world’s greatest performing artists to Boston since 1938, and our vision is a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, life-long, shared experience – on stages, in schools, in homes – everywhere. We are committed to bringing the joy of live performing arts not only to our city’s great concert halls but also to neighborhoods and communities across Boston. Arts matter.
Below are just a few ways they matter to the team at Celebrity Series.
Why do the arts matter to you?
“Arts matter because they build and strengthen communities. A packed concert hall listening to a local favorite, a team of theater makers working on a new play, a group of neighbors working together to paint a mural—these are just a few examples of communities brought together by the arts.”—Jonathan Carpenter, Technology Operations Manager
“The arts are a profoundly rich catalog of our lives and experiences. They give each audience member or participant private moments of insight, emotion, and transcendence that are as unique as a finger print. They are the human experience in miniature.”—Jack Wright, Director of Marketing
“The arts matter because they give us a common language, transcending international borders.”—Sarah Cronin, Senior Manager of Performance Operations
“The arts matter to me because they are how I share what is otherwise inexpressible. When I sing, I am giving a part of myself to my audiences, and by listening, they are giving a part of themselves to me. It is an equal exchange. Arts matter.”—Sarah Long Holland, Associate Director of Institutional Giving
“The arts matter because they provoke thought and encourage dialogue, and—as much as I hate to jump on the ‘now more than ever’ bandwagon—that really is important now more than ever.”—Betsy Glickman, Digital Marketing Manager
“The arts reach into your soul and draw out emotion that you didn’t know existed. With the arts, you can express your feelings and share them in a way that needs no translation. The arts make you feel.”—Erica Leung Lawless, Senior Manager of Advancement & Patron Engagement
“The arts matter because they are the one space that can personally touch that very vulnerable place in each of us. The arts transcend time; the same piece can evolve and grow and change depending on who the artist is, who the company is, which element they chose to highlight. The arts are conversations; they’re debates; they’re simultaneously of their time and timeless. The same piece will never be the same twice. The arts are as alive as we are and as human as we are. The arts matter.”—Julie Eyer, Audience Services Associate
“When I’m overwhelmed with news of violence and hate, the arts remind me that there is an alternative: to create beautiful things. And we do it constantly.”—Connor Buckley, Accounts Payable and Payroll Coordinator
“The arts matter because they bring color to our lives and communities.”—Emily Eagan, Events and Stewardship Coordinator
“Due to my father’s career, I ended up attending schools in 4 states (3 in high school), which would have been a much greater hardship if I had not been a flutist or sung in a choir. Being a musician gave me great confidence, the opportunity to make friends easily, and paved the way for my career as an arts administrator.”—Robin Baker, Senior Manager of Community Engagement
“The arts have given me the tools to explore my imagination, trust my ideas, and push the boundaries I assumed were fixed. I can’t recall a day when the arts weren’t a part of my daily life as a creator, an observer or receiver of an artistic vision. This is has made me who I am today and it’s why the arts have mattered so much in my life.” —Robert Torres, Senior Graphic and Web Designer / Photographer