MakeSpeak: Youth Edition

Make Speak Boston

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:30pm
at North Bennet Street School
150 North Street, Boston
Reception to follow. 
Admission free. Reserve tickets here.

7 takes on craft, 7 presentations, 7 minutes
Join the contemporary craft community for seven fast-paced presentations by a series of young people who work in tarts, crafts and the trades.  

  • Gianni Fernandes & Hannah Fallon, Artists for Humanity
  • Marik Jean & Vincent Fanuele, Madison Park Technical & Vocational High School
  • Jeffrey Mente & Norah Almomani, The Food Project
  • Satchel Sieniewicz, Independent Maker
  • Rakeem King Gregory, Youth Build
  • Joseph Lucas, Dorchester Youth Collaborative
  • Wild Painting (Angelina Botticelli, Mario Dueñas, Juan Gutierrez and Mario Jarjour), Zumix

With musical interludes by Wild Painting.

 Seating is limited, please RSVP in advance.

  • View bios and images of presenters here.
  • Check out the Facebook page for MakeSpeak here.

This event is choreographed by Commonwealth of Craft, a consortium of Massachusetts educational and cultural organizations including: Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Fuller Craft Museum, Ceramics Program/OFA Harvard, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Metalwerx, Mudflat Studio, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, North Bennet Street School, Stonybrook Fine Arts, The Society of Arts and Crafts and University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.


Thanks to all who helped make our previous MakeSpeak on 11/10/2016 possible. See event photos on our Facebook page. Check out the speakers below:

  • Jerry Arends, North Bennet Street School
  • Alison Croney, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts
  • Fabio Fernández, The Society of Arts & Crafts
  • Beth McLaughlin, Fuller Craft Museum
  • Ezra Shales, Massachusetts College of Art & Design
  • Donalyn Stephenson, FabLabs for America
  • Emily Zilber, Museum of Fine Arts Boston


  • Matthew Hinçman, Massachusetts College of Art & Design
  • Titilayo Ngwenya, Fuller Craft Museum

Musical Interludes:

  • Larry Unger, Musical Saw and diverse instruments, and Julie Metcalf, fiddle

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Design: Milk Row Studio
Media Sponsor: ArtScope Magazine

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Presenter Bios

Alison Croney, Craftsperson & Educator, Director of School Partnership Program, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts

Alison Croney received her BA in Furniture Design from Rhode Island School of Design, and her MA in Sustainable Business and Communities from Goddard College. Alison creates objects that walk the line between function and sculpture. Using techniques such as coopering and bending, she highlights forms found in nature while creating objects that encourage interaction. Alison worked at Anderson Ranch Art Center and MCA Denver in Colorado and Red Rabbit in New Your City. She currently is the Director of the School Partnership Program at the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts where she oversees visual arts and woodworking programs in Boston Public Schools. Alison strongly believes that positive change in communities will only happen if young people are empowered by knowledge, skills, and experiences. She is committed to working with young people to help them along this path of positive change. 

Ezra Shales, Ph.D., Art History Professor, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Ezra Shales, Ph.D., Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in the History of Art Department, focuses on the productive confusion that lies at the intersection of design, craft and art in his writing and teaching. His essays have been published in the Journal of Design History and the Journal of Modern Craft as well as The Studio Potter and The Burlington. He has been a curator for the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, and the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum. His book Made in Newark (Rutgers University Press, 2010), explores craft as an anchor of regional identity. His next book, “The Shape of Craft,” will be published in the autumn of 2017 by Reaktion Books, London.

Fabio J. Fernández, Executive Director, Society of Arts & Crafts

Fabio J. Fernández serves as the Executive Director of the Society of Arts and Crafts, America’s oldest non-profit craft organization. Formerly, Fernández served as the Exhibitions Director at the Society and as Associate Curator at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He serves as a Trustee of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and has been a visiting critic at universities around the country. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Fernández led the Society through the process of competing for and being awarded the Chapter 91 space at 100 Pier 4, in Boston thriving Seaport District.

Beth McLaughlin, Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Fuller Craft Museum

Beth McLaughlin is the Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Collections for Fuller Craft Museum. She has worked in the arts and museum fields for over 23 years, holding leadership and curatorial positions at the Oakland Museum of California, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and Fuller Craft. She has curated over 30 exhibitions, and has been published in Fiber Art Now, the Decorative Arts Society Newsletter, and

Emily Zilber, Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Emily Zilber is the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s first Ronald Lv. and Anita C. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, where she oversees craft and design in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, including the Daphne and Peter Farago Gallery, a dedicated space for modern and contemporary craft, design, and decorative arts, and throughout the museum.  Her recent exhibitions include New Blue-and-White (2013), Nature, Sculpture, Abstraction and Clay: 100 Years of American Ceramics (2015), Crafted: Objects in Flux (2015), which was accompanied by a full-length publication, and Maria Molteni: Second Hands (2016).  Prior to joining the MFA, Zilber was Assistant Curator at Cranbrook Art Museum at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  She has edited and written for numerous publications and lectured internationally.  Zilber holds a B.A. in art history from The University of Chicago and an M.A. from The Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture.

Donalyn Stephenson, Co-founder and Director, FABLabs For America

Donalyn Stephenson is a co-founder and director of FABLabs For America-- a non-profit organization created to build capacity and support the cross pollination of creative culture-biased arts, engineering and science through the community FABLab platform an NSF/MIT education initiative. Donalyn is a non-traditional educator, spouse, mommy and a native of Dorchester/Roxbury.  Donalyn has spent much of her life in nurturing “learning” environments.

Jerry Arends, Woodworking Student, North Bennet Street School

Jerry is in the North Bennet Street School 3 Month Furniture Making Intensive program and will enter the full-time program in the fall 2017.  Jerry comes with a lengthy resume, including 24 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a colonel; travel to over 70 countries as an international health specialist;  serving as Executive Director of a non-profit hospital; and teaching as an Assistant Professor of business administration.  He has made it here to pursue his aspiration to become a skilled woodworker.