Jerome Socolof is an Assistant Professor in Arts Management in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. An administrator, researcher, and educator, before joining MCLA Jerome was an Assistant Professor of Arts Administration at University of Houston-Downtown and an Adjunct Instructor of Arts Leadership at the University of Houston. In addition to working in higher education he has worked for Ash Lawn Opera and the Lake George Music Festival, and he also maintains a busy schedule as a grants panelist and consultant. Jerome’s research work focuses on the use of outreach programs as engines of public value by non-profit organizations and arts administration in rural communities. Jerome holds a BM in Music Business from SUNY Potsdam and both an MA in Arts Policy and Administration and a PhD in Art Education with a concentration in Cultural Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University.
Rachel Mancour is a senior at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and editor of the Sm[ART] Commons Blog. She will receive her BA in Arts Management Fall 2019. Rachel has loved art her whole life and has been drawing ever since she can remember. She works mostly with colored pencils and focuses on realism. In the summer of 2019 Rachel interned in the curatorial department of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA as the Walt Reed Distinguished Scholar Intern. She Independently researched and wrote about various female illustrators for publication on the Illustration History website; collaborated with other team members regarding the planning of future exhibitions; assisted in the installation, deinstallation, and shipping and packaging of exhibitions; and assisted in processing and digitizing the museum’s collections. In addition to her work at an art museum, she has also received several awards such as a Silver Key award from Scholastic Art and was in the Top Ten of the national Celebrating Art contest. She has also had five publications in the Celebrating Art books, as well as a publication in MCLA’s Spires Literary Journal. After graduating from MCLA, Rachel plans to attend UMass Dartmouth and major in Animation & Game Arts to pursue a career in animation.