September 24, 2018
 
Amazing Things Arts Center Appoints Jill Bennett as New ED

Jill Bennett
July 30, 2018 —Amazing Things Arts Center, a Framingham nonprofit that seeks to make the arts affordable and accessible, last week announced it has named Jill Bennett as its new executive director.

Bennett succeeds Ellen Sturgis, who stepped down this month for a new professional challenge after serving three years as executive director of Amazing Things Arts Center.

“We are very excited to have Jill taking on the role of the Executive Director” said Robin Welch, board chair. “Jill brings to the job an exceptional combination of passion for the arts and proven leadership in the arts sector.

“We expect Jill will not only continue the center’s excellent programs, but will also bring forth new and creative ideas and will continue working with members, partners, funders and the community at large to strengthen the center’s mission of building community through the arts. She is dynamic, experienced, and will help guide Amazing Things Arts Center into the future."

Bennett has 30 years of experience in community arts, theatre, venue management, and event promotion in the United Kingdom. After coming to Massachusetts three years ago, she spent time learning the local arts scene, serving on nonprofit boards and immersing herself in the culture of the region.

“When I read the job posting my heart started beating a little faster,” said Bennett. “I looked at the website and the photos of the historic firehouse venue and I felt a strong connection right from the get-go. I can't wait to get started – to work with the board, the office team, volunteers, members and audiences, and to take Amazing Things into the next stage of its development.”

Most recently, she co-founded and directed Visible Woman Productions in Boston. Earlier, she served as theater producer for Theatre Royal Bath in Bath, U.K.

Bennett earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from the University of London. She is co-chair of Theatre Ink, which teaches students about theater productions at Newton North High School.

Founded in 2005 and located in a renovated firehouse in downtown Framingham, Amazing Things Arts Center seeks to be recognized as the arts hub in Framingham and a leader in promoting the arts throughout MetroWest. Last fall, the center launched its fourth art gallery, called Morton Street Gallery, inside the Exhibit A Brewing taproom in Framingham.

It is known for presenting live music in all genres, as well as performance arts, including spoken word, theater, and comedy. It is committed to providing “open mic” and “jam” opportunities for emerging musicians and promoting local visual arts in its gallery, and this year launched new partnerships with Rock Off Main, an all ages rock show featuring middle, high school, and college students and Rhythm with Reason, a hip-hop/spoken word open mic series.

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