MEET THE TEAM
Catherine T. Morris
Founder & Executive 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.
LaShauna Walker is an Associate Director of Class Giving for MIT's Annual Fund. She completed two Associate’s degrees from Roxbury Community College and also completed a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her work at MIT includes managing reunion gift committee fundraising volunteers, developing reunion gift campaign goals, and creating a leadership gift level donor pipeline for Leadership Giving.
Raised in Roxbury, Ma, LaShauna's passion for music, art, and culture was cultivated through her time at the Roxbury YMCA where she sang, danced, and choreographed routines for local and professional artists. It is her love for arts and music that brought her to BAMS Fest.