Event Update: Empowering Youth Through Arts Engagement on March 24 Cancelled 

Spring Social Issue Talk Series
March 24, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

We regret to inform you that the Social Issue Talk, Empowering Youth Through Arts Engagement, scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 will not take place as planned. Our event host, Nutter, has made the decision to cancel all events with outside organizations through early April. We hope to work with our keynote speaker to reschedule and will be in touch once we have more information.

The SIF Team

Join the Social Innovation Forum on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, from 12:00-1:30 pm for the Social Issue Talk "Empowering Youth Through Arts Engagement." Lunch will be provided. 


David Howse
David C. Howse, Senior Associate Vice President, Emerson College and Executive Director, ArtsEmerson
David C. Howse is a recognized speaker and commentator on the arts and social integration, and for over a decade has been a leader in the arts and culture sector. In his role as Senior Associate Vice President of Emerson College and Executive Director of ArtsEmerson, David co-leads Emerson College's multi-faceted Office of the Arts.  David is fiscally and administratively responsible for multiple cultural venues in Downtown Boston.

David previously served as the Executive Director of the award-winning Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC), an organization that brings youth from the ages of 7 to 18 from the Greater Boston area to create harmony both musically and socially through a shared love of music. The singers’ powerful voices and rich diversity have inspired audiences in Boston and throughout the world. As a founding staff member, David was instrumental in helping grow BCC from a pilot project serving 20 kids in 2003 to a vibrant organization educating over 500 singers in 12 choirs in 5 locations. BCC was selected as a 2004 Social Innovator by the Social Innovation Forum.

David holds degrees from Bradley University and New England Conservatory of Music and is a graduate of The Partnership, Inc.'s Next Generation Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University. He remains active with the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, a consortium of 100 of the worlds top cultural leaders, which addresses the critical issues that face the arts and cultural sector world-wide. As a faculty member of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, David teaches a 22-week leadership and management seminar to nonprofit managers and executives.

David has received numerous awards and recognitions for his innovative leadership and civic contributions, including being named in 2018 as one of the GK100: Boston's Most Influential People of Color and being recognized in 2010 as one of Boston Business Journal's “40 under 40.” David serves on the Board of Corporators for Eastern Bank, as a Trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as on the boards of Exponential Creativity Ventures, Social Innovation Forum, and Philanthropy Massachusetts.

He lives outside of Boston with his wife, two young boys, and their dog Pluto.

2020 Social Innovator
OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center
Founded in 1994, OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center's mission is to utilize innovative dance instruction, performance opportunities, and other effective development strategies to promote self-esteem, leadership development, physical fitness, and self-sufficiency among youth ages 2-18. While their programs are open to all youth who meet their age requirements, they primarily serve African American and Latino children from low-income families.
Track Partner 
JAKET Foundation


This Spring, the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) will continue our annual Social Issue Talk Series. We will hold eight free educational events across the city where funders and community leaders can hear from leading experts in our social impact community and 2020 Social Innovators about the latest trends, best practices, and exciting innovations across a variety of fields.