Blair Benjamin
Program Director

Since joining MASS MoCA in 2000, Blair has worn many hats at the museum: fundraising, real estate development, economic impact research, alternative energy project management, financial and business coaching for artists, and artist residency services. He founded the Assets for Artists program in 2007, and the Studios at MASS MoCA in 2015, and continues to steer the growth of both programs. Blair is also a former Peace Corps volunteer who served in Cote d'Ivoire. 


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Carolyn Clayton
Studios Coordinator

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 in the office or studio, you can find Carolyn trail running with her dog.


Briana Halpin
Grant & Workshop Coordinator

Briana received her BA from Williams College, where she studied Religion and Environmental 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 so many talented creatives while nurturing her love of spreadsheets. Briana’s extracurriculars include knitting, walking in water, and hawking curated secondhand fashion through a pop-up boutique called Briana’s Side Hustle.

Molly Rideout
Communications & Fundraising Coordinator

Molly joined the team in 2019 after three decades in the Midwest. A place-focused writer committed to the arts and narratives in rural areas, her stories and essays have been published in the Mississippi Review, Tampa Review, and Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland. She’s the former director of Grin City Collective Artists & Writers Residency and has received fellowships from The OSU Center for Folklore, Antenna::Spillways and the Wormfarm Institute. She received her M.F.A. from The Ohio State University and a B.A. from Grinnell College.