Chris Wadsworth: Chris Wadsworth is the president of the FreshGrass Foundation and publisher of No Depression. He started his music career as a bluegrass singer and guitarist. He worked as a picker at Rounder Records in 1991 before dropping out of the New England Conservatory to follow his accountant instinct into 20 years of work in the financial sector. Luckily, he’s come full-circle back to roots music via FreshGrass and No Depression.
Rachel Chanoff: Rachel Chanoff has been working in performing arts and film for 35 years and is the founder and director of THE OFFICE performing arts + film, her New York City-based programming, consulting, and production company. She is the Curator of Performing Arts and Film for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), Director of Programming of the CenterSeries at the ’62 Center for Theater and Dance at Williams College, Consultant to the Feature Film and Theater Programs for the Sundance Institute and to the RAWI screenwriters lab in Jordan, Curator of The New York Jewish Film Festival and The Margaret Mead Film Festival, and the Artistic Director of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, New York’s longest running free outdoor performing arts festival. Rachel is proud to serve on the board of the 52nd Street Project and Working Films. She is also a long time participant in the Theater Development Fund’s Open Doors program, which introduces underserved high school students to the theater.
Joe Thompson: Joseph Thompson is the founding director of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), having guided the museum’s development and arts programming since its inception in 1987. Opening with 200,000 square feet of renovated space in 1999, the arts complex has grown to over 400,000 square feet of galleries, stages, workshops, and commercial tenant space. A further 130,000 square feet of renovations are now under way, to open in May 2017. One of the liveliest and largest centers in the world for making, showing, and enjoying important new art, music, theater, dance, and film, MASS MoCA is renowned for its daring programs of large-scale exhibitions and performances that capitalize on the museum’s vast 28-building, 16-acre site. It is also the home of the long-term retrospective of Sol LeWitt wall drawings, which Thompson co-organized with Jock Reynolds at the Yale University Art Gallery, and with Williams College, and a long-term installation of the paintings and sculpture of Anselm Kiefer, realized in collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation. With Phase III of MASS MoCA having opened in May 2017, those long-term installations were joined by quasi-permanent exhibitions of the works of Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Laurie Anderson, and James Turrell.