Since 2018, the Community Foundation has engaged local community members and leaders with a strong knowledge of our region, the arts, and our cultural arts community. Through ValleyCreates, our advisors work collectively to co-design ValleyCreates offerings each year, to provide capacity support to local nonprofits, act as application reviewers to assist with the Foundation’s grantmaking efforts to arts organizations and artists, and plan and design gatherings and outreach.

Matthew Glassman

Andrae Green
Andrae’s artwork explores the nuances of the collective consciousness that has been shaped by time, mythology, and memory. His painting “Acquiescence I” was acquired by the National Museum of China and many of his paintings belong to private collection around the world.

Iréne Shaikly/I-SHEA
Teacher & Performer at Community Music School in Springfield; Leadership Team Collective Member & Outreach/Publicity Manager at Survivor Theatre Project; Associate Artist at The Performance Project.

Vanessa Pabon Hernandez
Senior Director of Education & Community Engagement at New England Public Media. Vanessa oversees the station strategic vision for education and engagement efforts, and is the Executive Producer of the Station’s award-winning, biligual series, Presencia.