TITLE: Director, Arts and Culture
FOCUS AREAS: Civic and cultural vitality, the arts
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PROFILE: Allyson Esposito joined the The Boston Foundation in the summer of 2015 and serves as the foundation’s director of arts & culture. She has a law degree and has worked as an IT consultant, professional dancer, privacy and data consultant, program officer, attorney, and choreographer. A foundation press release announcing her hiring shares:
Esposito comes to Boston from the City of Chicago, where since 2012 she has served as the city’s Director of Cultural Grant-making, in the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. In that role she was charged with fostering partnerships and lasting relationships in Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent artists, and for-profit art institutions.
Esposito has extensive experience in the fields of cultural planning and the strategic development of arts programs. She served as Program Officer for the Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation for four years, assisting in the grant-making process. She also served as Executive Director of the Space Movement Project, a non-profit contemporary dance organization featured in eight original world premieres, as well as shorter pieces for festivals and concerts in the Greater Chicago area.
A 2005 graduate of the DePaul University College of Law, Esposito also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and English from the Miami University of Ohio, where she was involved in Dance Theater Company. She received interdisciplinary dance training at The School of the Salt Creek Ballet in Westmont, IL, and also provides professional legal services to non-profit clients working across the arts sector.
Esposito’s Chicago Artists Coalition bio shares the following information:
Allyson Esposito has served as the Director of the Cultural Grants Program for DCASE since October 2012. Prior to her work with DCASE, Allyson served as the Program Officer for the Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation in Highland Park, IL. She came to philanthropy from the for-profit sector, where she worked as an attorney and an information technology/risk management consultant with Deloitte & Touche. Allyson has also been a practicing dance artist in Chicago for more than 10 years. She has been creating and performing dance with The Space/Movement Project since its inception in 2005 and led the company as its executive director from 2007-2012.