Jerry Beck is an artist, educator, community and civic leader. His artwork has been exhibited widely including at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum, Artists Space in New York City, Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Capp Street Project in San Francisco, Mass MoCA, Snug Harbor Cultural Center in NY, Creative Time’s “Art on the Beach,” Boston Center for the Arts, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Barbara Krakow Gallery, and the Clark Gallery which represents his art. Beck has gotten many grants including multiple National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Arts International grant, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) grants, and multiple Massachusetts Cultural Council grants.
Mary Barrett is the newest staff member of The Revolving Museum team and will work closely with Jerry Beck and the Board of Directors to develop organizational structures including budgets and fiscal management; fundraising, public relations, marketing, and operational and programmatic oversight. Mary has over twenty years of paralegal/law office management experience. She graduated from Fitchburg State University with a BS in Biology and worked for several years in research, first at Brandeis University and later at the Cambridge Research Lab. Later, Mary obtained a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Anna Maria College and joined her husband, Attorney John B. Barrett, in his Townsend law practice as his Paralegal/Office Manager, a role which she will continue. Mary also enjoys painting in both oil and acrylic media and is a member of the Fitchburg Art Museum.
Matthew Scott has been working in media and film for nearly 4 decades. Matt began his love affair with the medium while at college at the University of Arizona in the early seventies. Working with both 16 and super8 was a radical joy for Matt and his gang of filmmaking outlaws. This was still the wild west then but instead of carrying 6 guns the student’s weapons of choice was the Bolex camera. Matt began his professional career working for Oregon Public television in the late seventies. In the early eighties Matt moved back to Massachusetts and soon became the executive director of Chelmsford TeleMedia, one of the most respected local cable centers in the northeast. During the past 30 years Matt has enjoyed a wonderful career and has produced and directed numerous award winning documentaries and features. In March of 2015 Matt retired from Chelmsford TeleMedia and is now looking forward to future film and video adventures with Jerry Beck and the Revolving Museum.
Board of Directors
Heidi Feinstein founded Life Alive Urban Oasis & Organic Cafes in 2004, and has served as its Chief Executive Officer since then. She previously worked as a political activist in NYC, and a holistic therapist in Montreal and Boston. Heidi is currently devoted to expanding Life Alive and its mission to feed the vitality of the world one meal at a time. Life Alive intends to joyfully meet the growing demand for fresh, organic, local food that is convenient, delicious and served with love. Life Alive celebrates renewable resources, permaculture design and local artists. Life Alive is intent on serving food grown locally, and then prepared, stored and served with zero waste in an energy efficient, ecological manner in spaces designed by and for the communities each serves. She received her MA in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University, her Canadian Naturopathic and Massage Diploma from the Institute for Natural Health, and her BA in Eastern Philosophy and Religion from George Washington University.
Coraly Rivera is from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. She is a Fashion Designer and Spanish Teacher at Fitchburg High School. She is an advisory board member at the Fitchburg Art Museum where she collaborated on the African fashion show with her students and created a bilingual public artwork entitled “Tree of Voices-Arbol De Voces,” that was displayed in downtown Fitchburg. She also created a large-scale architectural float with her students celebrating Puerto Rican culture that included architecture, music, dancing and costumes. Coraly has a business degree form Fitchburg State University. She also has an Associates Degree in Managerial Accounting from The University of Puerto Rico. She is a mother of four and enjoys to empower young people to believe that anything is possible.
Becky Cruz-Crosson is a clinician at the Commonwealth and Mental Health and Wellness Center in Boston, MA., where she works with adults and adolescents doing individual therapy and school based counseling. She attended Gordon College and graduated with a B.A. in Youth Ministries and Biblical Studies. After graduating college, Becky worked as a youth worker for Straight Ahead Ministries, a faith based organization that works with juvenile offenders. In this role, she was overseeing their girls programming for approximately four years. She helped girls mature spiritually and successfully transition back into their communities. This not only contributed to lowering recidivism in Boston, but also provided young women with a sense of purpose. Her passion for working with youth and families led her to pursue her Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Becky and her husband are licensed ministers at Morning Star Baptist Church in Mattapan, MA. The couple live in Boston, MA.
Jose Gonzalez became The Revolving Museum’s first youth advisor in 1988. Since then, he and his twin sister Becky have been a major force behind the museum’s success. Jose has participated in numerous art projects including: as the Director of Tours as part of “The Secret Ark of Icon Park,” with the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Charlestown Navy Yard; Artist/educator for the “CRUMBS COMPANY,” with the Boston Foundation and the Miami, Florida, Public Schools; “POWERHOUSE,” Boston Children’s Museum; Visual/performance artist for “Wonder’s of the World: Pinball ARTcade & Side-Show,” at the Boston Center for the Arts; and artist for the “Pie In The Sky Company” at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Boston, MA. Jose has a long history working with people with challenging mental health issue and disabilities.
Regina Connerty is a 24 year resident of the Fitchburg/Leominster area. Regina has a passion for the arts, community building and grassroots advocacy that was instilled in her at a young age by her mother who ran the North Central Massachusetts Homeless Coalition. As a direct effect of her hands on upbringing centralized around helping others, she learned that all societies can benefit from working together to improve their community. Regina is deeply involved in volunteer outreach, community empowerment and nonprofit advocacy/ development. She is a graduate from Mount Wachusett Community College where she studied Liberal Arts & Sciences with a concentration on Humanities. Previously Regina worked with the Twin Cities Community Development Corporation focusing on Community Organizing and nurturing the Arts & Culture Community within Fitchburg and Leominster. Currently, Regina is the Outreach Coordinator for Growing Places- a nonprofit that teaches folks the benefits of food gardening. She currently serves on the board for Happy Tonics- an environmental education nonprofit organization, as well as assisting the Coalition for Building Strong Communities.
Scott Percifull is currently the Business Service Representative for the North Central Career Center, whose mission is to provide economic development and employment assistance to job seekers and employers in the region. Community involvement is an important part of the Career Center’s mission. Scott’s passion for the arts was instilled at an early age by his artist mother, which led him to a career as a professional musician, touring with Jerry Vale, The Smothers Brothers and others. Scott eventually gravitated back to fine art and worked for 17 years as an Account Executive for a major art show and magazine representing artists such as Peter Max, Leroy Campbell, Eyvind Earle and many others.
Stephanie Sewhuk-Thomas is an art educator based in Nashua, NH. After graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University with degrees in Fine Arts and Art Education, Stephanie went on to establish a vibrant art program at the Germaine Lawrence School in Arlington, Massachusetts. Germaine Lawrence is a residential Treatment Center for Girls. The art program proved to be very valuable in the girls treatment. Her role was then expanded to Director of Expressive Arts, where she worked with community members and organizations, bringing in guest artists and workshops. She also had the opportunity to establish a successful arts-based day program in their short-term center. Stephanie spent time working at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, in their Education Department. She developed education curriculum such as their popular Colonial Days program. She also worked with schools, getting them through the doors of the Museum. Stephanie has taught private art lessons and a college-level drawing course at Nashua Community College. She is currently working for the Nashua School District where she has established an art program and is teaching art classes at their alternative high school.
David Serrano has generously helped with the design of The Revolving Museum website.
Alex Moore has contributed her time and effort to The Revolving Museum website and Facebook page as well as other administrative functions.
Adam Svedberg has become our volunteer extraordinaire. His diverse talents has greatly contributed to the City Arts Nashua ARTventures Project.
Jena Grover has joined our team this semester as an intern graphic designer from Fitchburg State University Communications Department. Jena is lots of fun, creative and highly skilled. We are so appreciative she decided to chose us for her intern site.