Partners & Staff

Lisa Donovan, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts co-directing the arts management program. Previously, she has served as Associate Professor of Education and Division 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, and has served as  Executive Director of the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education. She is co-editor/author of a five book series on arts integration published by Shell Education.


Rachel Mancour is a sophomore at MCLA and editor of the Smartcommons Blog. She is a double major in Art and Arts Management with a minor in Art History. 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 2018 Rachel interned at the Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, MA where she spent time painting the gallery walls, hanging artwork, gallery lighting, and preparing for different museum/community events. 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. Rachel’s anticipated graduation from MCLA is spring 2021. After graduate school, Rachel plans to become a curator at an art gallery or museum.