About Helena Fruscio

Name: Helena


Web Site: http://berkshirecreative.org/

Bio: Helena Fruscio is the Director for Berkshire Creative Economy Council (Berkshire Creative). She has evolved the position from Internship in summer 2007 in the fledging organization (Berkshire Creative didn’t even have an email!), to the paid position of Program Coordinator in late 2007, to the Director of Operations in 2008, to finally leading the organization as she does today. Ms. Fruscio is responsible for the development and maintenance of all aspects of Berkshire Creative including all programs, initiatives, and partnerships that were executed, created and foraged under her direct actions and/or supervision. These programs have reached thousands of creative businesses across the Berkshire County over the past three years. In 2008, Ms. Fruscio was appointed to the Massachusetts Creative Economy Council and to the Economic Development Planning Council by Governor Deval Patrick. She is the Chair of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, Fine and Performing Arts Award, she sits on the Mass Creative Implementation Team, Berkshire Navigation-Berkshire Data Collection Steering committee, Berkshire County’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Committee, Berkshire Blueprint Steering Committee, and is a steering committee member of the Berkshire Young Professionals. Ms. Fruscio has been called upon to speak at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, New England Foundation for the Arts', Connecting Creative Communities Conference, Central Massachusetts Creative Economy Collaborations Session, and Merrimack Valley Creative Economy Kick-off Event. Helena Fruscio matriculated at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), School of Imaging Arts and Sciences. At RIT, Ms. Fruscio received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramic Sculpture, with a concentration in Anthropology/Sociology.

Posts by Helena Fruscio:

ARTSblog holds week-long Blog Salons, a series of posts by guest bloggers, that focus on an overarching theme within a core area of Americans for the Arts' work. Here are links to the most recent Salons:

Arts Education

Teaching Artists

Early Arts Education

Common Core Standards

Quality, Engagement & Partnerships

Emerging Leaders

Charting the Future of the Arts

Taking Communities to the Next Level

New Methods & Models

Public Art

Best Practices


Arts Marketing

Audience Engagement

Winning Audiences

Powered by Community

Animating Democracy

Arts & the Military

Scaling Up Programs & Projects

Social Impact & Evaluation

Humor & Social Change

Private Sector Initatives

Arts & Business Partnerships

Business Models in the Arts

Local Arts Agencies

Cultural Districts

Economic Development

Trends, Collaborations & Audiences

Art in Rural Communities

Alec Baldwin and Nigel Lythgoe talk about the state of the arts in America at Arts Advocacy Day 2012. The acclaimed actor and famed producer discuss arts education and what inspires them.