We are very pleased to announce that Larraine Brown has taken on the role of the Director of Belfast Creative Coalition!
Larraine brings to BCC 30-plus years of experience in management, fundraising and development of nonprofits, and start-up businesses. She began her career as a community organizer in Toronto and since then has founded and managed an urban-based publishing business; created and raised funds for the Belfast “15-Minute” Theater Festival and International Playwriting Competition, held annually from 2001-2004; and filled the first project manager position tasked with helping to bring the national Main Street initiative to Belfast in 2010. For three years she was NAMI Maine’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Development Director and a Mental Health Education Specialist. Most recently Larraine served as the Executive Director of the Restorative Justice Project Maine, where she formed the theater group, R.A.W. (Restorative Art Works) Integral to her career and life has been a commitment to myriad art forms as tools of beauty, activism and inspiration. Larraine genuinely believes that Art Saves Lives! She is delighted to be an ‘official’ advocate for the arts in her favorite small, vibrant city.
You can stop by the BCC office to meet Larraine, or catch up with her at BCC’s next Calendar Sync meeting (January 31). Our office is located at 26 Spring Street in Belfast, and is open from 9:00 to 3:00, Tuesday through Thursday.