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Meet Jordan Lovejoy of Boston Center for the Arts

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordan Lovejoy.

Jordan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Immediately following college, I felt like I had my career path all figured out. I had just completed my Bachelor of Arts at the University of Vermont, with a major in Art History and a double minor in Italian and Studio Art. I was extremely passionate about art and was on a path to pursue my Ph.D. in Art History. I had accepted an amazing internship opportunity at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England which would start six months after my graduation.

Like many recent grads, I moved home, to bridge the gap between graduation and my move to London, and accepted a temporary job at a small art association in my hometown. It was a very fulfilling six months and I really enjoyed my experience at the art association, but the move to London was what I had my sights on and it could not come quick enough. Once I had made it to London and started my internship there, I quickly realized that I longed for the work and community I had built at the small art association, which was ultimately far more impactful for me than my work focus in London.

A saying came to mind in that moment of realization—“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans”. I had spent six months wishing an experience away that now serves as the foundation of my passion for my work in arts nonprofits and is where I felt empowered to pursue fundraising within this sphere. So with this realization, I completed my internship in London, traveled around Europe until the money ran out, and then returned to New England to explore more opportunities within arts nonprofits.

Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) was my first stop. I had volunteered with BCA as a gallery sitter for a summer during college and through that experience had grown to love the organization and what it stood for.

Has it been a smooth road?
I feel fortunate to have started my career at an organization like BCA, which has always had a magnetic effect on me. After my start as a volunteer, some years later and upon my return from London, I was fortunate to be offered an internship in the Development Department at BCA, which then lead to my first real job after school, as the Administrative Assistant to the Operations Department. This was an amazing opportunity and I was thrilled to contribute to the organization in any way I could, but I always kept my eye on the Advancement Department, since my internship in Development had informed and inspired a career path in fundraising.

Within a year I had moved over into the Advancement Department as the Development Events Manager and after two years in that role, I have since received a title change to Stewardship Manager, which reflects the broader work I do with individual donors in addition to event work. One of the joys of working at an organization like BCA is the intimacy and flexibility of a small staff and team. This environment has given me the ability to gain experience in several areas, assisting with projects that are not always within the definition of my job description.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Boston Center for the Arts – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Boston Center for the Arts is one of the few nonprofit arts organizations in Boston that is focused on the development and support of local, working artists who create the vibrant cultural fabric of our city. BCA is invested in risk-taking, innovation, and experimentation. I’ve seen some of the most fascinating and thrilling work come through our campus, from a site-specific, multidisciplinary installation and music performance in the Cyclorama to launching the Boston Art Book Fair in 2017, a free event bringing national and international publishers to the city while still focusing on supporting local artists.

I love that BCA supports artists and projects at the beginning of ideas. Since we don’t rely on ticket or art sales, we have the ability to take risks and get weird, which more often than not results in really amazing and thought-provoking art. As Stewardship Manager, it is my job to incorporate the work that happens on our campus into the events and stewardship strategies we employ with our donors. This is certainly one of the coolest aspects of my job. Our artists make is so easy for me to create engaging, compelling, and behind-the-scenes opportunities for our supporters to experience art in process and witness the evolution of a project or piece.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love how Boston is made up of an interconnected series of small, unique neighborhoods, each with its own personality, but all bringing something different to the city. Every nook and cranny of this city is infused with history, which is inspiring in itself and serves as the most beautiful backdrop to everyday life.

However, even with such a rich culture, we still have areas that we can improve on, specifically, funding and support for the arts. Unlike nearly every other city in the United States, Boston is fortunate to have a dedicated group of individual donors who are currently fueling arts funding for our city, because when it comes to institutional funding from foundations, corporations, and the state, Boston falls so far behind nearly every other city.

I hope we see this standard shift in the coming years, as funders realize the importance of art for building community and breaking down barriers, and as a mode of invaluable self-expression.

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Image Credit:
Melissa Blackall Photography, Liza Voll Photography, Aram Boghosian, Oliver Mak

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