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January 2019 Member Spotlight: Mary Jo Murphy, Snow Farm

January 2019 Member Spotlight: Mary Jo Murphy, Snow Farm

Mary Jo Murphy—Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program

“My high school art teacher encouraged me to follow my creative nature and always be involved in the arts. I have followed his advice and most of my career has been in nonprofits and the arts. I believe that the arts are a vital part of our lives, and I am proud to be a part of Snow Farm, a special place that offers the opportunity and space to immerse yourself in art.”

— Mary Jo

Mary Jo has been the Executive Director of Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program since March 2015 and has brought four years of increased growth, investment, accessibility and community to Snow Farm.

Snow Farm is a craft school located in Williamsburg, MA and offers 2,3 4, and 5 day craft/art classes in glass blowing, ceramics, textiles, metalsmithing, kiln/stained glass and mosaics, drawing & painting, welding, and woodworking. It is a residential, immersive experience – almost like art camp for adults! Snow Farm also offers a teen program in July.

Mary Jo brought over twenty-five years of progressive nonprofit leadership experience, including serving as the Executive Director at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum in Havre de Grace, Maryland; the Director of Development at the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz, California; the Director of Development at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts; and the Leadership Annual Giving Officer at Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Mary Jo has a B.A. in Art Management from Wilkes University, in Wilkes-Barre, PA where she produced a senior portfolio in painting and drawing. and an M.B.A. degree in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Process from Bay Path College in Longmeadow, MA. She resides in a traditional New England red, 1940s Cape Cod house in Pittsfield, MA with her husband Charles, two children Olivia (17) and Luke (12), and a golden retriever, Maddie.

She is a life-long learner and loves to travel, read, and visit museums and other interesting places!

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