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Carso Named to Business Journal‘s “40 Under 40”

Jessica Carso

Jessica Carso, managing director of the Green Street Arts Center, was named to The Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under 40″ 2011 list. From more than 250 nominations for more than 160 individuals, the judges honed the list to the best and brightest.

The Hartford Business Journal has been selecting “40 Under 40” honorees for 15 years.

According to the Journal, “Among this year’s honorees, we have entrepreneurs and corporate executives, folks who work in nonprofits and folks who advise others on handling their profits. They all have achieved a level of success early in their careers, yet for each, the best is likely yet to come. You’ll see they share a passion for what they do, a willingness to expend the time and energy it takes to be the best, a zest for life and an appreciation for seeking a balance in their lives. They also share an uncommon commitment to giving back to their communities.”

Carso aims to make a difference and serve as an advocate for social change as managing director of the Green Street Arts Center.

“For the last five years, I have served as Green Street’s primary fundraiser, working to gain support for the university’s multi-disciplinary community arts center, ensuring access is given to all who want to participate in our arts education-based programming,” she says in her bio. “I hope to continue my work as a social change agent, a nonprofit leader and to serve as an example to others, that simply doing your best, contributing to society in any way you are able, will ensure a better world for everyone.”

Carso also volunteers for the Middlesex County Community Foundation. She currently serves as chair of the Fund for Women and Girls, advocating for and helping to raise necessary funds to support programs that empower Middlesex County women and girls to be self-reliant and reach their potential. In addition, she serves as co-chair for the foundation’s newest initiative, Live Local Give Local 365.

Carso says her biggest strength is being authentic. “I’ve learned that being my authentic and true self opens up countless opportunities. Being genuine allows me to build meaningful relationships, remain open to new learning opportunities, experiences and views, and helps me remain unafraid to ask questions.”

In December 2010, The Huffington Post named Carso the “Greatest Person of the Day.”

Read more about Carso in this past Wesleyan Connection article.


Atkins Memorial Trust Supports GSAC

The Green Street Arts Center received a grant for $3,000 from the Bank of America Thomas J. Atkins Memorial Trust Fund in 2011.  The one-year grant provided funding for scholarships to the afterschool arts and sciences program.

DNA Workshop, African Drumming, Compass Use at Minds in Motion

Pictured at right, Ishita Mukerji, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, director of graduate studies, taught a Minds in Motion program March 12 at Snow Elementary School in Middletown. Her student assistants, pictured in the back row, are graduate student Jacob Litke, graduate student Li Yan and Hyo Jung Yang ’12. “Minds in Motion” is an afternoon of fun, fast-paced, hands-on workshops geared to high-interest, motivated students in grades K-8.

WNPR Host to Emcee GSAC’s Benefit Auction April 8

A Feast for the Senses will be held April 8 with a 5:30 p.m. auction preview.

Ray Hardman from WNPR’s “Morning Edition” will serve as emcee and master of ceremonies to Green Street Art Center‘s second annual fund-raising event and auction, A Feast for the Senses. This Caribbean themed event will feature music of The Fresh Men-toes with Bill Carbone (drums), Gabe Gordon (piano), Zac Rosen (bass) and Andrew Fogliano (sax/flute) performing songs from Jamaica, Trinidad and elsewhere in a calypso and mento style, and a steel pan duo featuring Deborah Fischer Teason and Sarah Sedgwick Heath.

A Feast for the Senses will be held April 8 at the Green Street Arts Center at 51 Green Street in Middletown, Conn. with a 5:30 p.m. auction preview.  Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling (860)-685-7871 or at http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=212786.

For more information visit gsac@wesleyan.edu or call 860-685-7871.

MCCF Supports “Arts in Our Communities” Program

The Green Street Arts Center received a $2,500 grant from the Middlesex County Community Foundation on Dec. 28. The award will support the “Arts in the Communities” project through June 30, 2011.

“Arts In Our Communities” is a collaborative program which aims to increase the number of people engaging in arts activities, as both participants and audience members. The program’s objective is to provide the tools of critical thinking and civic engagement while injecting a powerful stream of creativity into the local communities, thus reinvigorating people’s drive to work, think and create together. Arts In Our Communities intends to bring a diversity of arts education opportunities to the communities of Middlesex County and its adjacent towns.

Jessica Carso: “Greatest Person of the Day”

Jessica Carso

Every day, The Huffington Post highlights one ‘Greatest Person‘ — an exceptional individual who is confronting the country’s economic and political crises with creativity, generosity and passion. On Nov. 9, the Post featured Jessica Carso, managing director of University Relations and the Green Street Arts Center, ”who has made a career out of giving back to the small Connecticut town where she grew up.”

According to the article, Carso “struck us as a prime example of someone truly making a difference in her community. She is currently the managing director of the Green Street Arts Center, a community-based organization that works to make the arts available to any young person regardless of socio-economic background. And her work doesn’t end there. She also works for a women’s advocacy group and an organization that helps the homeless transition into stable lifestyles.”

In the Q&A, Carso discusses her role at Green Street Arts Center, the Fund for Women and Girls and A Hand-Up, Inc. She talks about her heroes and having the passion, desire and drive to make a difference.

“Over the last few years, I have learned a great lesson about my work, and that is, it is my life. Whether it is my daily work at Green Street, my involvement in community organizations, or whether it’s delivering food to the local humane society or making a small monetary donation to one of my favorite charities, I know each is my way of giving back,” Carso says in the article. “I only have this one life, this one lifetime and my philosophy has always been: make it count!”

Read the entire Q&A online here.

Bill Cosby Meets and Mingles at GSAC Reception

Bill Cosby greeted guests at the Green Street Art Center Oct. 22, 2010. He performed “Cosby at Wesleyan” in the Crowell Concert Hall following the reception. He helped raise more than $75,000 for the GSAC’s After School Arts and Science Program. Pam Tatge, director of the Center for the Arts, welcomed Cosby to the CFA. (Photo by Bill Burkhart)

Indigenous Rights, Sherlock Holmes Topics of Upcoming Salon Series Discussions

Wesleyan’s Green Street Arts Center continues its Fall 2010 Sunday Salon Discussion Series with talks by J. Kehaulani Kauanui, associate professor of American studies and anthropology on Oct. 24, and Stephanie Weiner, associate professor of English, on Nov. 21.

The Sunday Salon Discussions are informal lectures by Wesleyan’s faculty. The Wesleyan and local communities are invited to attend. David Beveridge, the Joshua Boger University Professor of the Sciences and Mathematics, professor of chemistry, hosts the event. Each salon includes opportunity for socializing as well as a reception with light refreshments.

J. Kehaulani Kauanui

On Oct. 24 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., J. Kehaulani Kauanui will address the outstanding Hawaiian independence claim and the persistent issue of sovereignty facing the Kanaka Maoli (indigenous Hawaiian) people.

She will also give a brief history of the U.S. government’s acquisition of Hawaii, and the spectrum of political activism relating to self-determination and nationhood. The talk is especially timely given legislation currently before the U.S. Senate, The Native Hawaiian Reorganization Act of 2010 (dubbed the “Akaka bill” after its sponsor Sen. Daniel Akaka), which has been proposed in one version or another since 2000 and remains hotly contested in both congress and the islands.

Kauanui is