Jason Weeks is the executive director of the Cambridge Arts Council, a city department and public nonprofit agency that engages residents and visitors through programming designed to stimulate awareness, participation, and support for the arts. Jason works with an advisory board, trustees of the nonprofit Cambridge Public Art Commission, elected officials, city administration, and agency staff to oversee an award-winning Public Art/Percent-for-Art program, the Cambridge Arts Grant Program, Cambridge Street Performer Program, and a variety of annual produced events including Cambridge River Festival, Summer in the City, and Cambridge Open Studios.
In addition to his role at Cambridge Arts, Jason is an adjunct lecturer in Arts Administration at Boston University and a founding board member for MASSCreative, a statewide arts advocacy organization supporting individual artists and communities throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Jason is a regular lecturer at area universities and participates in conferences to discuss effective strategies in arts administration and organizational effectiveness within the creative economy.
Jason has a background in music performance and theater. He holds bachelor’s degrees in music and English literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master’s in Arts Administration from Boston University.
“Artists and arts and culture sector organizations operate in a complex environment and carry out mission-driven work that requires a deep level of understanding, interaction, and engagement with the surrounding community. These communities include individual artists, arts service organizations, neighborhood groups, local cultural councils, government, universities, advocacy organizations, local business districts, foundations, corporate partners and the diverse audiences that these organizations serve. Boston University’s program in Arts Administration promotes curiosity and immersive learning opportunities for students that examine this ecosystem and demonstrate how artists and administrators can serve as powerful catalysts and connectors to bring various groups together around common goals, achieve successful outcomes, and build stronger and more vibrant communities.”