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Inspiring Stories from Cambridge & Somerville

The heart of our mission at the BostonVoyager is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Boston’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool.  Check out Cambridge’s rising stars below.

Mal Malme

We tour it to schools, libraries, and community events in the Greater Boston area. We would love to tour it to other states and have kids and caregivers. In 2017, we were awarded a Boston Foundation Live Arts Boston Grant, and the funds helped us to add an ASL interpreted performance, which we toured to several deaf schools in the Boston and Rhode Island area. Read more>>

John Teng

I started working at Newbury Comics after school. It was then I discovered that everything I knew and liked about music completely shifted, and kicked off a lifelong obsession with the New Wave, Post Punk, and Alternative Dance genres that were taking off at that time. Looking back, I realized that growing up, I never felt 100% comfortable in my own skin. Read more>>

Joanne Hammil

I majored in music at Smith. My first jobs after college were as a music teacher. Following my then-husband’s career moves, I had various jobs and loved them all, teaching elementary, middle school and high school vocal and general music. When I had my own children, I became certified as a Suzuki piano teacher so I could be home with my kids while teaching a few days a week. Read more>>

Jennifer Connolly

The demand grew as technology shifted and colleagues of mine began reaching out in need of assistance. I found my niche! I was using my industry knowledge as an Agent and neurotic administrative skills to help other agents grow their business. Eventually, I began supporting agents outside of my Keller Williams Newton office and then outside of the company. Read more>>

Nicole Carlsburg

It’s so important to me that I work for a cause I believe in.  My entire career has been devoted to nonprofits that work toward empowerment and social justice. I’ve been with The Barbara Lee Family Foundation for eight years. We work to give women candidates the tools to succeed on the campaign trail, by conducting research on the obstacles and opportunities women face when running for office. Read more>>

Jessica Muniz

I came from Brazil four years ago to begin I new life and I found here not only home, family and friends but a career as well. I always has loved art in all perspectives, but I found myself into Photography. My husband gave me my first camera and everything started as a hobby. My family and friends encouraged me to open my own business and here I am. Read more>>

Libby Nelson

My love of art and storytelling came before my love of photography. Growing up, I loved stories. Telling stories, hearing stories, writing stories, reading stories. My favorite subjects in school were English and history. Meanwhile, I had been drawing and painting since I could hold a pencil. Read more>>

David Hojah and Johae

We started working on this after our friend and mentor “Steve” – an outdoorsy and enthusiastic landscape designer – had his life changed in 2006 after being diagnosed with ALS. Now, Steve cannot turn his head to see his surroundings and has lost his voice. Steve is not alone. People with upper body immobilities have a limited field of vision and difficulty with simple movement such as pointing, which leads to inefficient communication. Read more>>

DanniAnne Kourtelidis

I have always had an interest in makeup ever since I was a little girl. I grew up teaching myself and continue to learn new techniques daily. Three years ago, I was asked to do makeup for my first wedding. I had so much fun! Later that evening, I had shared my excitement with my husband and he was the one who suggested to making this into a business. Read more>>

Tomi Adeyemi

I was able to do this fellowship in Brazil, during the summer of 2015. I was originally going to Brazil to study the parallels between the Brazilian slave trade and the American slave trade, and see how those differences and similarities kind of led to the African American identity and the Afro-Brazilian identity that’s emerging today. Read more>>

Lovya Dev

I held my first camera when I was ten. It was my dad’s old analog camera with a black and white film roll and I finished the roll within a week. I still have those small 3×3 photo prints and they happen to my favorite. I went on to study engineering and then took up an engrossing job which kept me busy till late hours, but the camera and my love for photography never left me. Read more>>

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