The Innovation Economy

#4: Arts + business for the benefit of the community with Alissa Maru, George Mason University

Sept. 7, 2023

Today we’re going to talk about the role of the arts in a community that serves businesses, employees, residents, and visitors. To help me discuss this topic, I’d like to welcome Alissa Maru, Associate Curator at Mason Exhibitions Arlington at George Mason University. About Alissa Maru Alissa Maru is a seasoned art administrator, event producer, and curator. Through her years of professional experience, she’s provided logistic management overseeing event site layout, artistic curation, government permitting, and onsite execution of live events; working with government, non-profit, event companies, and festivals. Examples of her major projects include 2011-2014, Director of Operations Art All Night DC: Nuit Blanche, a one-night art pop-up festival in Washington, D.C. For five years she served as the Special Events Manager for the National Cherry Blossom Festival and DowntownDC BID, where she provided coordinated production for the Festivals’ famed Parade and community stages.   From 2018-2019, Maru served as Director at the Dupont Underground, an abandoned street car station turned arts event space and gallery. There she grew the performance art programs, and curated the digital projection exhibitions.  Maru currently is the Exhibitions and Program Manager at Mason Exhibitions Arlington, a contemporary art gallery of George Mason University. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at George Mason University developing experiential learning in the gallery through the Arts Management graduate course.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Howard University (Washington, DC) and a Master of Arts dual degree in Marketing and Communications from the London Metropolitan University (London, England) and École supérieure de commerce et management (Poitiers, France). RESOURCES The Innovation Economy Website: https://www.innovationeconomy.show Sign up for The Agile Brand newsletter here: https://agilebrandguide.com/ Get the latest news and updates on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/innovationeconomy/ Listen to our other podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström: https://www.theagilebrand.show The Innovation Economy podcast is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development: https://www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com The Innovation Economy is produced by Missing Link—a Latina-owned strategy-driven, creatively fueled production co-op.

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