Jess Muise

Visual Arts Manager
Phone: 
978-371-0820 x.200
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As an artist, educator and community builder, Muise has always been drawn to creation as pedagogy which, as an act of transformation, helps us better understand each other and ourselves. 

Her current work includes supporting community of more than sixty artists and curating the arts gallery at The Umbrella Arts Center and serving as treasurer for CraftMass. Her past experience includes operations and training at e-commerce giant Wayfair, streamlining graduate admissions operations at MassArt, and serving as the Member Services and Outreach Manager at Artisan’s Asylum, a 40,000 square foot community workshop in Somerville, MA. For the last decade Muise has used the arts as a tool for community building and transformation with various organizations including National Choreography Month, KZNArts Link, Flatfoot Dance Development Projects, Buckingham Browne & Nichols, Newton Community Education, Collective Motion Arts and Boston's Moving Target. Lending her skills various shared cultural and community spaces, she has served as an advisor for the Boston Mini-Maker Faire, a grant adjudicator for the Somerville Arts Council, led development campaigns for various grassroots dance organizations, and is now an advisor to The Village Art Room and Center for the Arts at the Armory.

Muise's collaborative dance company, Intimations Dance, was presented by the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, First Night Boston, National Choreography Month, Cambridge River Festival, Dance for World Community, Somerville’s ArtBeat, 24Hour Choreofest, Art City Cambridge, the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, and the Dancing in the Streets Festival presented by the Somerville Arts Council with mentorship from David Dorfman of David Dorfman Dance. She also had the pleasure of serving on the National Artists Committee for National Choreography Month (NACHMO) and produced NACHMO Boston for its first five years. 

Muise recently completed the National Arts Strategies Executive Program in Arts and Culture at UPenn. She holds a BA with honors from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in Dance in Education as Transformative Pedagogy and pursued graduate studies in dance education, performance and economic development at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. She also holds certificates in permaculture design and master gardening, and enjoys working at the intersection of art and the environment.