Welcome to Malden’s first Arts & Culture Summit

Bringing together arts and culture representatives, players, producers, and supporters to form a more deliberate arts and culture ecosystem in Malden.

Arts and culture are broadly defined to include visual arts, performance, literature, and multimedia, the sharing of diverse cultural traditions, lifestyle, ideas, and recreation.

Time Session


In an effort to produce meetings and conferences with the “Malden Green Biz” mindset of reducing and reusing . . .

All your information about the event is located here at this link and will be continually updated

We will supply coffee, cups and water in bottles, but we encourage folks to bring their own water bottle and/or coffee mug if they can.
“Bring Your Own Cup” aimed at reducing the number of single-use (disposable) coffee/water cups sent to landfills!

Bring your promotional materials, tell us about your events. We will have a table where people can pick up flyers, brochures, etc. or table sign sharing your website

Boxed lunch options, including vegetarian (sandwich, salad & chips)

Our hashtag for this event is #ArtsCultureMalden



Vincent J. Piccirilli, Jr. has served on the Board of Directors for The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts since 2013. He is currently serving as Treasurer.
Piccirilli has also been active with the Watertown Town Council, elected in 2008 and currently serving as the Council Vice President; Chair of Committee on Budget and Fiscal Oversight; Chair of Committee on Public Works; Vice Chair of Committee on Public Safety; Secretary of Committee on Economic Development and Planning; and Member of School Building Committee.

Piccirilli works with Kidde-Fenwal-Inc., subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation as a Business Analyst in the Climate, Controls, and Security Group, manufacturing industrial fire protection products under the Kidde Fire Systems brand name.Mosesian Center for the Arts Treasurer and Watertown City Councilor.Watertown City Councilor Vincent Piccirilli, who has served the city for 11 years, will deliver a featured presentation about the creation of The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts in his city. Decades ago, the building operated as a military arsenal and then as a mall until 14 years ago when the Mosesian was founded. Now, the performance space includes a theatre, as well as multiple restaurants and shops.

Jean Appolon, a resident of Malden, is Director and Cofounder of Jean Appolon Expressions. In addition to being the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE), Jean Appolon is a successful choreographer and master teacher based in Boston and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Appolon received his earliest training and performance opportunities in Port-au-Prince with the Viviane Gauthier Dance Company and the Folkloric Ballet of Haiti. Appolon continued his dance education in the U.S. at the Harvard and Radcliffe Dance Program (1995-1996, Boston, MA), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (1996-1998, New York, NY) and the Joffrey American Ballet School (1998-2003, New York, NY), where he  graduated with a B.A. from a joint degree program offered by The New School. For a complete biography, visit: jeanappolonexpressions.org

Jean Appolon Expressions. Based in Boston, JAE is a Haitian contemporary dance company, directed by Jean Appolon. Combining Modern technique and Haitian folkloric dance, JAE brings a new artistic vernacular to its audiences. With its dynamic repertoire, JAE educates audiences about Haitian culture, traditions, history and current issues. JAE fulfills its mission to preserve Haitian folkloric culture while constantly enlivening the art form in a way that is vital, accessible, inspiring and educational. JAE is comprised of dancers from diverse backgrounds, each of whom who are committed to JAE’s mission to use dance to share Haitian culture.


Erin Wu is a Berklee student and member of newly formed pop band Recolor. This band is made up of 5 Berklee students. They have performed for many major events including Dealmoon night market, Yami gala, and MIT/BC Chinese New Year gala at John Hancock Hall. They have just had a tour in Shanghai, China in 2018 summer. Instagram: https://www.yooying.com/recolor_band

Ziping Wang is a guitarist and Berklee student who performs in the Greater Boston area.

Mcebisi Xotyeni, of Cape Town, South Africa, is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer. He began dancing with the outreach program Dance For All, where he trained extensively in ballet, African, contemporary, and hip hop. He was awarded a full scholarship with Dance For All and eventually began working for the professional dance company iKapa Dance Theatre. He has also worked with leading companies in South Africa such as Cape Town City Ballet, Suede Productions, and Sibonelo Dance Project. He has performed for numerous festivals and has collaborated with international artists for performances and outreach projects.

Vivek Sonar, a resident of Malden, is a melodious flutist from India. He is disciple of  Hindustani Classical flutist Shri Sunil Patil (Zee Yuva Sangit Samrat fame) under  teacher-disciple lineage  from last 8 years. Vivek has performed on various stages in India and Colombia. He was part of most prestigious flute symphony of India  “Bansuri Utsav” and shared stage with Padma vibhushan Pandit Hariprasad ji Chaurasia .  He was also part of largest flute ensemble , which is recorded in  Limca book of records . His expertise is in exploring ragas and raga based songs.

Jeantilus Gedeus teaches English at the Immigrant Learning Center in Malden. Originally from Haiti, Gedeus is trained as a teacher and also plays multiple instruments and sings.
Gedeus utilizes his musical skills to help students learn English more quickly. In 2016 Gedeus was recognized as a Mass Literacy Champion award recipient. This recognition earned him additional funds that allowed him to further develop his teaching songs and chants repertoire.


During the Arts & Culture Summit, participants will break into groups to share observations and possible next steps for key topics pertaining to the Arts & Culture ecosystem of Malden. Daniel Koff will lead this portion of the summit, with the assistance of designated facilitators who will help each group use a methodology known as “Innovation Compass”.
Over lunch, groups will form according to a topic of interest attendees selected upon registration. (you can change your mind). The following topics will be discussed:

  • Collaborative funding: identifying and using funding sources for collaborative projects, programming, or space
  • Programming: events, festivals, and inclusion
  • Municipal Capacity: availability and flexibility of city properties, staff, policies, resources, funds, and processes for the sake of arts/culture growth in Malden
  • Cultural space development: utilizing, buying, sharing, and/or leasing available spaces in Malden for the use of Arts and Culture entities, projects, players.

Following a group debrief, individual  participants will have an opportunity to review the list of next steps generated from each group and indicate interest in participating in one of these action steps. In addition, notes from the discussion will be accessible on this site to the general public.

Special thanks goes to Daniel Koff for leading this breakout session and recommending this wonderful tool.
Thank you to the Innovators Compass designer Ela Ben-Ur, http://i2iexperience.com/people/ and the many innovators who contributed to its creation. http://innovatorscompass.org/people

For more information about Innovators Compass, visit http://innovatorscompass.org/

Credit: http://innovatorscompass.org/resources-gallery/kk1rhxbixf6rfmroufo4wwzqxjwee1


Preotle, Lane & Associates (“PLA”) have generously offered the beautiful conference room overlooking the Malden River as the site for this Arts & Culture Summit.  “This magnificent 30-acre mixed-use project developed by Preotle, Lane & Associates (“PLA”) including “green” office/lab buildings, luxury housing, retail, including a specialty food market and a restaurant, fronting on a spectacular river park, minutes from Boston and Cambridge just north of the Wellington MBTA station in Medford, MA.”

Daniel Koff, Regional Arts and Culture Planning, Metropolitan Area Planning Council and member of Board of Directors for Jean Appolon Expressions.
Daniel Solomon Koff is a design consultant who creates shared social, cultural, and multi-sensory experiences. His work ranges from urban placemaking to interactive installations, from the downtowns of old industrial cities, to the galleries of contemporary art museums. Koff has a Masters in Design Studies with a concentration in Art, Design, and the Public Domain from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In college he earned a dual bachelor’s degree in Social Design and History with a minor in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.

Elena Martinez — Designer-Founder of Artfort Design Studio, Malden
20+ years of experience working in a wide range of environments, that include large-small consulting firms, single-startups, personal brands, and product companies. Our design approach includes proven methods such as UX (User Experience), IA (Information Architecture) and CD (Circular Design) to clarify the needs of users / usages and the nature of your project.
Every request that comes to the studio . . . branding for a new business, developing corporate materials, websites, flyers, business cards, event branding or just idea visioning . . . is received with the intention of designing a piece that uncovers extraordinary possibility for IMPACT and ACTION toward building the healthy and valuable future for your product or service. http://www.artfortdesignstudio.com

As a designer, I zoom out and view the impact of design and production as the collaboration of all the parts, exploring and supporting a sustainable environment by understanding the cycle of your product and developing solutions that reduce waste, consider the unintended consequences and advocate for positive impact through design.


Special thanks to many individuals who helped make this Arts & Culture Summit possible.

Arts & Culture Summit Planning Team
Anne D’Urso-Rose, Associate Director of MATV, Malden’s Media Center
Ron Cox, Executive Director of MATV, Malden’s Media Center
Shikha Vyas, Diwali Festival Malden Event Coordinator
Ose Schwab, Owner of Malden Creates, LLC and Director of The Gallery

Dan Koff, Lead Facilitator
Bob Greene, Coach & Consultant, http://www.bgcoach.net/
Felicia Ryan, Writer, MATV Board Member, http://www.feliciaryan.com
Marcel Schwab, Analyst Consultant, The Gallery CFO
Janette Santos, Artist
Natasha Kayulu, Consultant
Ose Schwab

Lunch provided by
Anthony’s Restaurant
105 Canal St., Malden

Coffee & Snacks generously donated by
Freerange Café
325 Rivers Edge Dr. Medford

Lauretta James
Christine DeRosa

Media Production
James Mudge, Director of Programming & Production
Hailey Hao, Educational Access Coordinator
Claire Foley, Emerson College Student

Audio Visual
Guillermo Hamlin, MATV Membership & Outreach Coordinator
Terlonzo Amos, MATV Director of Operations

Video/Photo Documentation
Masio Dotson
Ansie Similien
Josephine Royal, MATV Office Manager


Directions to 200 River’s Edge Drive, Medford

From Malden Center

Go down Commercial Street towards Wellington Station. Make a left as soon as you see the FIRST “Rivers Edge” sign (after the construction before the Rivers Edge building). A parking garage (free) will be immediately on your right. You can park there and then go across the street to the 200 Rivers Edge building. If you MISS the first sign, you can make the next left, in which case the parking garage will be on your left.

From the South (Boston)

I-93 North to Exit 29 (Routes 28/38) toward Route 28 North (Malden/Everett). Stay to the right.
Off the exit merge onto Route 28 North and continue past the Assembly Square Marketplace (Mall)
Turn right after Station Landing — sign says “Everett/ Revere” — onto Route 16 (also known as Revere Beach Parkway), approximately 0.6 of a mile from Exit 29.
Turn right into Wellington Station (the 3rd right after the Route 28/16 intersection, just after Kelly’s Roast Beef — the first 2 rights take you into Station Landing) and follow signs to Revere Beach Parkway West (approximately 0.3 of a mile from the intersection of Route 28 and Route 16)
Drive under the Route 16 overpass, then straight through the traffic signal.
River’s Edge is on the right. Turn right into the River’s Edge entry at the next traffic signal (about 0.3 of a mile north of the Route 16 overpass).

From the West

Take Mass Pike East to Route 93 North
Follow directions from the South stated above
From the North:

Route 93 South toward Boston
Take Exit 31 onto the Mystic Valley Parkway/Route 16 toward Revere
Turn right into Wellington Station, approximately 1.4 miles from Exit 31, just after Kelly’s Roast Beef, and follow directions from the South as stated above

From Cambridge

Route 28 North
Turn slight Left at Fellsway West/Route 28 North
Follow directions from the South as stated above.

*USING GPS:  GPS may not be up to date and may still show an earlier name of River’s Edge Drive, Corporation Way. To input an address, use 10 Cabot Road, Medford, but do not turn onto Cabot Road. River’s Edge is just north of 10 Cabot Road.

Across the street from our building, is a parking garage/apartment building. Parking is free.

You may enter into the 150 River’s Edge Drive parking garage, it will be your first left or your first right depending on which way you enter the ring road. After parking follow the signs to the 200 office building.

Thanks for Making a Difference in the Community

We look forward to seeing you at the Arts & Culture Summit on Saturday, March 9th.