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“to promote and foster artistic events and activities in the town of Marblehead”

Founded in 1962, the Marblehead Festival of Arts has a rich history in producing a premier summer arts festival that has become a unique forum for artistic expression over its 50+ years of operation. The Festival operates throughout the year with seasonal events, fundraising and planning for the centerpiece of our activities, the Marblehead Festival of Arts which is traditionally held each year over the July 4th holiday. The July Festival hosts a wide range of art exhibits, outdoor music concerts overlooking Marblehead Harbor, the Film Festival, the Street Festival, the Children’s Festival, Artisans’ Marketplace and many other cultural activities designed to provide a fun and enriching experience for the entire family. 

By the people, for the people.

The Marblehead Festival of Arts is run by an all-volunteer organization comprised of more than 40 committees and involving several hundred volunteers. Volunteering for the Festival is an easy way to support local arts, give back to your community, and make new friends. And it can be a family affair – there are many opportunities for families to volunteer together at various events, exhibits and fundraisers. For more information on volunteering visit our Volunteer Information page.

 

Where does the funding come from?

From you! The Marblehead Festival of Arts is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The MFoA operates year-round and relies solely on fundraising events and donations to fund its operations. Individuals, families and businesses may become Festival Sponsors by making a tax-deductible contribution. For additional information on funding and the benefits of becming a Festival sponsor, visit our Donations page

Organization

The Festival is managed by a Board of Directors elected annually by members of Marblehead Festival of Arts, Inc. The Board oversees all committees, events, scheduling and fundraising efforts. If you would like to be considered for a position on the Board, or would like to recommend someone, please contact the Nominating Committee. Include your name, the recommended person’s name email address, mailing address, home phone, and other pertinent information. Click here to email the Nominating Committee.

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2017 Board of Directors

Front Row - L-R Sandra McLaughlin, Kathy Hempel, Joanne Smith, Kiki Taron-Kinney Back Row - Ellen Garvey, Katherine Barker, Pan Duncan, Matt Friedman, Katy Alexander, Harry Foster, Leslie Mead, Bill Smalley, Stan Rich, Jordan Fowler Missing - Patricia Patrick, Michael Thompson and Maggie Raftus

Front Row – L-R Sandra McLaughlin, Kathy Hempel, Joanne Smith, Kiki Taron Kinney
Back Row – Ellen Garvey, Katherine Barker, Pan Duncan, Matt Friedman, Katy Alexander, Harry Foster, Lesli Mead, Bill Smalley, Stan Rich, Jordan Fowler
Missing – Patricia Patrick, Michael Thompson and Maggie Raftus

    Officers
President –  Joanne Smith

Immediate Past President – Bill Smalley

1st Vice President – Kiki Taron Kinney
     Exhibits, Volunteers

2nd Vice President – Patricia Patrick
     Development, Public Relations, Administration

3rd Vice President, at Large – Michael Thompson
     Events

Treasurer – Kathy Hempel

Secretary – Sandy McLaughlin

 

 Directors 
Katie Alexander
Director of Exhibits

Harry Foster
Director of Facilities

Jordan Fowler
Director of Volunteers

Pam Duncan
Co-Director of Development

Kim-Marie Phelan
Co-Director of Development; Director, Administration

Lesli Mead
Director of Sales

Maggie Raftus
Director of Communications

Kathy Barker
Director of Public Relations

Matt Friedman
Co-Director of IT 

Ellen Garvey
Co-Director of IT 

Stan Rich
Director at Large