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Catherine T. Morris
Founder & Artistic Director

A mother, entrepreneur, and visionary, who works at the intersection of arts, culture and creative placekeeping. Over the last 20 years, Catherine has spent her time and energy producing shows, as well as mobilizing and engaging local audiences to experience the arts. 


Catherine has been a presenter, panelist and moderator with SPARK Boston, Podcast Garage, Berklee College of Music, Emerson College, Northeastern University, Simmons University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Museum of Fine Arts. She is a 2018 National Art Strategies Creative Community Fellow (The Barr Foundation), and has served on grant review panels for the Cambridge Arts Council, The Lewis Prize for Music, and the Boston Neighborhood Fellowship (The Boston Foundation).


Catherine is an alumna of Temple University School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management in Philadelphia, PA, and received her Masters of Science from Simmons University (Boston, MA). It is Catherine’s hope that BAMS Fest becomes a pipeline to Boston’s arts and culture ecosystem and creative economy in a manner that minimizes implicit bias, closes the racial wealth gap, inspires hope, and positively impacts the livelihoods of future creatives.

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Managing Director

Returning home to Boston after a decade in Sacramento, CA, Paul Willis is the new Managing Director of BAMS Fest. Willis’ career highlights as a creative professional with ties to youth-focused, arts, education and social justice nonprofits include starting up City Year Sacramento, leading programming for MLK365, providing leadership and executive coaching for the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program, and serving as an executive board member at Sol Collective, a nonprofit focused on art, culture and activism.


A talented Hip Hop teaching artist with experience as a diversity, equity and inclusion consultant, Paul brings a brand of community, nonprofit and corporate leadership and is excited to be starting over with experience. Paul Willis' 17-year professional career in the arts, education, leadership development and social justice driven organizations has provided him a unique lens to see the world and shape it.




Special Projects Coordinator





Program Manager