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Blair Benjamin
Program Director

Since joining MASS MoCA in 2000, Blair has bounced between fundraising, real estate development, economic research, financial and business support for artists, and artist residency services. He founded the Assets for Artists program in 2007, and the Studios at MASS MoCA in 2015, and also co-founded Makers’ Mill, the makerspace in North Adams, in 2015 (that was a busy year!). He is also a former Peace Corps volunteer who served in Cote d'Ivoire.

 

 

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Briana Halpin
Program Associate

Briana received her BA from Williams College, where she studied Religion and Envi-ronmental Studies. She then landed in North Adams, discovered the arts, and was instantly hooked on both. After assisting professional artists for nearly a decade, Briana joined A4A in 2013. She is thrilled to be working in support of hundreds of talented artists while nurturing her love of spreadsheets. When not playing with Excel, Briana likes to walk in water and make things with yarn.

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Krystal Henriquez
Program Assistant

Krystal joined the team in 2016, soon after graduating from MCLA. In her three years here, she’s founded and produced FIGMENT North Adams, a free event focused on community-driven art, two years in a row. With the inaugural event one week before graduation, Krystal learned some serious time management skills! A jack of all trades, you can find this arts manager working the big events at MASS MoCA or in her studio pursuing her newest interest.

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Carolyn Clayton
Program Assistant

Carolyn joined the team in 2017 after relocating as part of the North Adams Project. An artist herself, she is interested in the traces that people leave on material objects. She received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009, and her MFA from the University of Michigan in 2016, along with a certificate in Museum Studies. She is excited to be working to help provide support to fellow artists. When not if the office or studio, you can find Carolyn trail running with her dog.