11th Annual Benefit Gala


Gala Co-Chairs

David Altarac
Doug Dolezal
Joe Fiorello
Brian Koll

Gala Planning Committee

Neal Balkowitsch
Annemette Cliggott-Perlt
Joe DeMartino
Ken Dietz
Yvette Drury Dubinsky
Kristin Hein
Annie Longley
Lesley Marchessault
Chris McCarthy
Dan Mullin
Grace Ryder-O’Malley
Don Vaughan
Andy Wentz
Joe Zibrak

Gala Host Committee

Scott Allegretti
Lennie Alickman
James Bakker
Ray Booth
Arthur Cohen
Gary Danko
David Datz
Michael DeVellis
John Douhan
Bradley Farrell
Michael Fernon
Ken Fulk
Robert Henry
Stephen Hooper
Ari Karpel
Judyth Katz
Terry Keane
Andrew Laing
Greg Lopez
Lori Meads
Angelo Monaco
Anne Peretz
Alan Poul
Bill Rawn
John Shea
Jorge Silvetti
Ken Snyder
Meg Stewart
Stephen Syta
Diane Sullivan
James Vincent
Forrest Williams
Maureen Wilson
Gail Williams
Kurt Wootton

Bailey Bob Bailey has received awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Twice a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, he received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in sculpture and studied furniture design and woodworking at the Wendell Castle School, in Scottsville, NY.

Bailey has shown internationally in Australia, at the Melbourne Art Fair and privately in Japan; in New York City with Ethan Cohen Fine Arts and at Proteus Gowanus in Brooklyn; in Hudson, NY at the Carrie Haddad Gallery, in Miami, FL at Art Basel , Miami Beach and at the Farside Gallery; as well as the Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco, CA.

He has had mid-career exhibitions at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum; the Higgins Art Gallery of the Cape Cod Community College and at String Gallery, Wells College, Aurora, NY. Bailey was a founding member/owner of artSTRAND, a gallery in Provincetown, MA. He is now represented by The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown. He lives in Truro, MA.

State Representative Peake was elected in 2007 to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. This session she was named Third Division Floor Leader, a member of the Speaker’s team who provides guidance on legislation priorities and concerns. She serves as the Chair of the RTA caucus and helped found the rural caucus. Throughout her tenure, Peake has been a strong advocate for the arts, helping to enact legislation to create Cultural Districts and securing funding for capital art projects.

Anita Walker has served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) since April 2007. Walker is the Commonwealth’s highest ranking cultural official, overseeing a range of grant programs, services, and advocacy for the arts, humanities, and sciences in communities across Massachusetts.

Walker has raised the visibility of the nonprofit creative sector as a driving force for growth and prosperity in Massachusetts. She led advocacy for the Mass. Cultural Facilities Fund, which has invested $82 million in arts and cultural building projects statewide over eight years. CFF grants are leveraging more than $1.9 billion in spending on cultural building projects, providing more than 19,000 jobs, restoring many important historic structures, and attracting more than 18 million cultural tourists to Massachusetts annually. Walker also launched MCC’s Cultural Districts Initiative to help cities and towns attract new visitors and commerce through new arts and cultural activity. And she led the creation of a new Cultural Investment Portfolio for more than 400 outstanding nonprofit arts, humanities, and science organizations that simplified the state’s support system for the nonprofit cultural sector. Coupled with the Mass. Cultural Data Project, it is helping organizations better understand their finances and become better advocates for their work and the sector as a whole. Under Walker’s leadership, MCC also has put new emphasis on defining and building a new field of practice called Creative Youth Development, As part of that effort MCC launched SerHacer, a new program to support intensive, aspirational, ensemble music making as a vehicle for education and social change. Walker also led development of MCC’s new UP Initiative to support organizations that recognize the power of inclusive design to grow audiences and enhance cultural experiences for all, and embrace inclusivity as core to their mission. The intent is to generate transformational experiences for participants that will not only build capacity but fuel insight and action.

Before coming to Massachusetts, Walker was director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for seven years, serving as executive director of the Iowa Arts Council, administrator of the State Historical Society, and the state historic preservation officer. Walker is a native of California and a graduate of The University of Arizona. She lives in Beverly.