Partners & Staff

Brit M. Ellis

Brit M. Ellis is an arts manager with a focus in design. She is currently a sophomore at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She is an Arts Management major, minoring in Art History. Brit is the new editor of the Sm[ART] commons blog. Previously she attended Berkshire Community College where she studied Fine Art and Biology. Her interests include writing, interior design and being a future BOSS.

Lisa Donovan, Ph.D.

Lisa Donovan, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Previously she was Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Creative Arts in Learning Division at Lesley University. Lisa has broad experience working as an arts educator and administrator in a variety of arts organizations including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Berkshire Opera Company, Barrington Stage Company, University of Massachusetts’ Department of Theater, Boston University’s Theater, Visual Arts and Tanglewood Institutes. She is spearheading several projects that foreground the use of the arts as a strategy for regional change—as the Director of the Creative Compact for Collective Impact project creating a Blueprint for arts education for Berkshire County, Co-Director of the Berkshire Regional Arts Integration Network and Director of the MCLA Institute for Arts and Humanities. She has published widely on arts integration and rural arts education.

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