The Art Connection Welcomes Hollis Chase as our new Executive Fellow!

Hollis is an experienced business development strategist and facilitator. She brings more than 25 years of diversified business skills and expertise to The Art Connection that include her work in the professional services, manufacturing, technology, and education markets.

Throughout her career, Hollis has leveraged her facilitation expertise to help her clients with expanding new business opportunities, developing and implementing sales strategies, and solving organizational issues by creating sustainable programs and strategies. As an avid fused glass artist and photographer—Hollis has personally worked with artists to expand their businesses, so she has a particular appreciation of the artist community and is excited to be a part of The Art Connection.

Hollis comes to us through ESC of New England, an affiliate of the national Encore Fellowships Network (EFN). Encore.org advances the idea of leveraging the skills and talents of experienced adults to improve communities and the world. The EFN program was established in 2009 to connect organizations with experienced individuals pursuing second careers in nonprofits to make a lasting difference in society.

Over the next several months, Hollis and the Board of Directors will work together to: create an actionable business development strategy with an eye toward earned revenue opportunities; re-frame our fundraising strategy; and begin to set up a short-term strategic plan that we will then hand off to more permanent leadership.

The Art Connection has a proven mission to place original works of art in under-served communities by introducing the beauty of art to hundreds of our neighbors every year. Our experienced staff bring their passion and skills to The Art Connection every day to ensure we continue this great work for years to come. Hollis will be joining The Art Connection staff and our Board of Directors with the express commitment to help take us to the next chapter of this great mission.

On behalf of myself, the staff and Board of Directors please join me in welcoming her!

Michael Rousseau- Chair, Board of Directors – The Art Connection