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Laura H. Chadwell

Arts Administrator, Event Planner, & Community Development Professional


I am a community and education focused arts administrator who has been working in the fields of art and education in the Greater Boston area since 2007. I have experience across multiple sectors including higher education, for-profit and non-profit performing arts institutions, and community based organizations. I also have extensive experience with event planning, fundraising, marketing, grant writing, program planning, curriculum writing, supervision, budget management, and more. 





Master of Education in Art, Community, & Education, 4.0 GPA

Master's Thesis Topic: Assessment & Evaluation for Small Arts Based Institutions

Master's Level Internship: Boston Youth Art Evaluation Project/ RAW Art Works, Lynn, MA




Bachelor of Science, Theater Arts Management, 3.6 GPA (Dean’s List and Dean’s Scholar)

Work History


Owner & Head Designer

Laurel Hill Floral Design
  • Third generation, family taught florist and small business owner
  • Design and create original floral designs for 10+ events per year including weddings, showers, fundraisers, and other parties. 
Dec 2016Current

Events & Marketing Manager (Part Time)

Community Art Center, Cambridge, MA
  • Establish goals, budget, and overall event concepts for all major events including annual gala fundraiser, mural openings, youth-led national film festival, and more.
  • Planned and executed first ever fundraising Gala which successfully raised $40,000.
  • Coordinate with all event vendors including rentals, catering & bar, entertainment, etc.
  • Manage board committee related to gala fundraiser.
  • Collaborate with other departments to organize events.
  • Responsible for all aspects of marketing, public relations, and social media for organization. 
Nov 2014Sept 2016

Director of Community Programs

Community Art Center, Cambridge, MA
  • Generate program ideas, coordinate leadership groups, set goals, manage budget, hire & contract guest artists, and supervise program staff, interns, & volunteers.
  • Project lead for multiple large scale, collaborative public art projects in partnership with local government, corporations and institutions like City of Cambridge, Alexandria Real Estate, Novartis, Boston Properties and MIT.
  • Plan and execute several large special events including nationally-recognized and award winning annual youth film festival, DIYDS!! National Youth Film Festival.
  • Create family engagement initiatives including cultural outings to local arts institutions, workshops, and Parent Council. 
  • Build and strengthen relationships with external partners i.e. politicians, corporations and institutions, and serve on City of Cambridge committees related to neighborhood violence and safety, STEAM engagement, and youth-focused initiatives as requested. 
  • Responsible for the intake of volunteer applications, group volunteering requests, community space rental inquiries, and requests for collaborations.
  • Responsible for creation of original content for organizational communications such as press releases, online marketing and blog posts, direct email creation, and social media.
  • Participate in the creation and execution of an organizational strategic plan.
Jul 2013Nov 2014

Director of Community Programs

The Center for Arts in Natick, Natick, MA
  • Responsible for the direction, supervision, management, and planning for all community based- programming for a thriving performing arts center including local artist exhibits, community theater troupe, teen rock program, open mics and cabaret nights, after-school and musical theater classes for children, & teen performing arts workshops.
  • Curated, organized, and promoted local artist exhibitions.
  • Booked artists and managed contracts for family themed performance series totaling 15 live shows per year.
  • Responsible for the management and contracting process for community rentals.
  • Assisted in the creation of digital and print marketing and social media in partnership with Marketing Coordinator.
  • Coordinated ticket donation program and discounted facility rentals to nonprofits.
Jun 2013Oct 2013

Interim Marketing & Development Coordinator

Community Art Center, Cambridge, MA
  • Responsibilities related to corporate, government, and foundation giving include management of deadlines, application and report writing and submission, and appropriate follow-up. FY14 budgeted amount for contributed funds exceeded $500K. Also responsible for research related to new foundation or corporate prospects.
  • Also responsible for all print and digital marketing, public relations, social media engagement, and special events planning.
  • Coordinate community events and projects in partnership with local organizations. 
Jan 2013Jun 2013

Interim Director of Youth & Family Services

Community Art Center, Cambridge, MA
  • Supervise staff of 6 employees, 5 graduate and undergraduate level interns, and several volunteers as director of an arts-focused state-licensed after-school program for low-income youth.
  • Responsible for establishing program goals, assessing progress related to strategic planning, and meeting state guidelines for licensed center-based after school and summer care.
  • Ensure outcomes of quality are met related to child safety, family engagement, quality of activities, and more through supervision and program evaluation. 
Jun 2012Jan 2013

Program Assistant

Community Art Center, Cambridge, MA
  • Responsible for all administrative aspects of the organization. Duties range from state billing and accounts management, to classroom assistance and volunteer program coordination. Supervise part-time staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Provide front-line support for staff, parents, volunteers, and vendors. Coordinate human resources needs, recruitment, budget management, and A/P and A/R duties.
  • Coordinate facilities needs and supplies, including curation of gallery space. Manage weekend and evening facility rentals.
  • Also responsible for programming related duties, including semester planning and scheduling, assisting teachers with curriculum development and assessment.
Dec 2009Jun 2012

Human Resources/ Recruitment Specialist

Lesley University, Cambridge, MA 
  • Promoted twice while at this institution.  In collaboration, implemented employee benefit and time management programs such as the transition to a new online timecard system, employee information portal, employee discounts and benefits like move tickets. Also created training materials for various HR and Payroll systems.
  • As Recruitment Specialist, responsible for the recruitment and hiring process for a 600+ employee university; managed on-boarding process for new hires, data entry and reporting in HRIS system, student worker and volunteer hiring and management, recruitment strategy and research, and more.
Aug 2009Dec 2009

Contract Administrator

International Music Network, Gloucester, MA
  • Responsible for the creation and full execution of artist contacts for live performance at East Coast and Canadian venues for a world and jazz musician booking agency.
  • Also created digital and print artist media and copy like one sheets, websites, and press releases. 
Sep 2007Aug 2009

Development Associate

The Boston Conservatory, Boston, MA
  • Maintained data and correspondence related to donations, assisted with special events, coordinated capital campaign projects, student scholarship program, budget management for department, grant writing assistance, and more responsibilities as needed.
  • Also provided executive assistance to VP when needed, including travel arrangements, prospect research, correspondence, and other duties as assigned.
AprilAugust 2007

Assistant to the Managing Director (Seasonal Position)

Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield, MA
  • Completed paperwork for Actor's Equity Association and served as script assistant on several productions.
  • Acted as House Manager across multiple venues.
  • Assisted with filing and correspondence for Managing Director, as well as created donor thank you letters for Development department. 
  • Assisted with proofreading of marketing materials, policy documents, and contracts.

Skills & Competencies

  • Youth Development in the Arts Training, Lesley University
  • Youth Worker Supervisor Training, Best Training Institute
  • Mental Health First Aid Certified
  • MA Driver's License        
  • MAC and PC fluent                                                                
  • Trained in Art Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Restorative Justice, Conflict Resolution & Mediation
  • Social Media, Web Design, Content Creation, and Online Marketing fluent across multiple platforms

Memberships, Public Speaking, & Other Experience

  • Member, MassCreative Leadership Council
  • Guest Lecturer, 2016 & 2017 Endicott College Arts Administration Program, Beverly, MA
  • Invited Speaker, Coalition for Arts, Culture, and a Healthy Economy 2016 Annual Meeting, Medford, MA
  • Alumni Panel Guest Speaker: 2015 Lesley Creativity Forum, Cambridge, MA
  • Attendee: 2015 National Guild for Community Arts Conference, Philadelphia, PA
  • Attendee: 2016 Americans for the Arts Conference, Boston, MA
  • Adult Ally/ Planning Committee for 2015 Cambridge Youth Leaders Luncheon
  • Volunteer/ Planning Committee: Port STEAM Nights, February & October 2015, Cambridge, MA
  • Volunteer, 2015 Door to Door Family Outreach w/ Police Department in Cambridge Public Housing
  • Volunteer, 2012, 2013, 2015, & 2016 Port/Area IV Pride Day, Cambridge, MA

Project Portfolio

Project Leader, Portraits of the Port Graphic Design Mural, Cambridge, MA

Portraits of the Port is a 160' graphic design mural created by teens printed on dibond aluminum panels featuring digitally altered portraits of Port neighborhood residents and the community. It was created in 2015 by students in the Teen Media Program with guidance from a professional graphic designer, and was commissioned by Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge Mayor David Maher attend the opening celebration. In 2016, it was donated back to the Community Art Center and can now be viewed permanently in the parking lot at 119 Windsor Street. 

Program Director/ Festival Coordinator, Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Film Festival (2014-2017), Cambridge & Boston, MA

Now in its 20th year, “Do It Your Damn Self!!” (DIYDS!!) National Youth Film Festival is the longest running youth-produced festival in the country, drawing over 800 youth and adults to public screenings every year. Founded in 1996 by six Cambridge teens who felt misrepresented in the media and wanted to do something about it, the festival is a champion of social-justice and issue- focused youth filmmakers who want to see change and make it happen. The film festival consists of three public screenings at venues such as the MIT Media Lab, Institute of Contemporary Art, and Cambridge Ringe & Latin High School reaching over 500 people every year.  Teen filmmakers whose wining films are selected from over 100 submissions by their peers are flown in from across the country to attend the screenings as well as multiple workshops and events over three days and two cities.

Project Leader, Change for Peace Public Art & Music Series (2015 & 2016), Cambridge, MA

Change for Peace is a yearly project thatconsists of 8 total community arts events hosted in various public spaces in Cambridge. In 2015, the art installation was based on the East Indian Rangoli tradition, a folk art form thought to bring good luck and create sacred welcoming spaces. The Change for Peace Art and Music Series installed a semi-permanent ground tattoo that was gradually be filled with colors, words, and ideas using chalk paint and rice. Teen artists asked passers-by to assist with this process and engage in conversation around a weekly theme inspired by the teens’ research about the neighborhood and their own stories.  In 2016, the teen artists conducted a Humans of New York-style photo & video journalism project around similar neighborhood issues, called The Port;Uncovered. The results can be seen at

Program Director, Family Performance Series, The Center for Arts in Natick, Natick, MA

This series of family-friendly live performances was for young children and families in Natick and surrounding communities. After examining past ticket sales figures, I was able to organize a series of age-appropriate performances that ran from fall to spring featuring nationally recognized children's performers as well as local favorites featuring The Tanglewood Marionettes, Alistair Moock, Stacey Peasley, and more. I facilitated the appropriate backline as needed for particular artists and the full execution of contract and artist payments.  I also was responsible for coordinating the marketing, PR, and social media efforts for the series in partnership with the Box Office and Marketing staff. 

Project Leader, Unnamed Mosaic Mural on 119 Windsor Street with David Fichter, Cambridge, MA

David Fichter is an internationally recognized muralist based in the Port neighborhood of Cambridge who has been working for over 30 years making community focused murals and mosaics across the globe. In 2015, he partnered with the Community Art Center to create a 9'x9' mosaic mural in collaboration with CAC staff, students, and community members to be installed on the outside of the CAC facility. Starting in Fall of 2015, community members, students, and staff gathered together to discuss potential elements and themes for the mural. David worked with staff to review photographic archives dating back to the 1960's as well as collect new images from teen photographers. Over 50 community members, youth artists ages 6-18, and college students attended 20+ workshops alongside David to learn the process and create the mural together.  The mural was completed in June of 2016.