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Fort Point Arts Community names new executive director; Made in Fort Point moving to 315 on A

Posted by Patrick Rosso  January 23, 2014 03:10 PM

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The Fort Point Art Community, a non-profit dedicated to promoting local artists and connecting the community, has named Emily O’Neil as its new executive director.

O'Neil, who took over for Gabrielle Schaffner, has a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College and a master's from Tufts University, according to a statement from the Fort Point Art Community.

“I’m excited because I’ve been in Boston for 20 years and I’ve watched the Fort Point really grow,” O'Neil said. “It always felt like it is really special place, and I’m excited to contribute.”

O'Neil previously was a special events coordinator for the American Repertory Theater. She has also served as the gallery director of the Barbara Krakow Gallery in Boston.

“Maintaining FPAC’s great relationship with all the new buildings and tenants and raising the profile of FPAC will be a priority,” O’Neil said. “This is the first time FPAC has had an executive director that’s not an artist, so I will really be focusing on building up the organization.”

O'Neil isn’t new to the non-profit world and was previously the director of development at Inquilinos Boriquas en Accion, a South End-based community development organization.

“Every aspect of my career merges with what FPAC is doing,” said O'Neil. “I have experience working in galleries, I have worked with non-profits, and I’ve worked with diverse communities; although I won’t be in the studio creating art, I will be cheering from the sidelines.”

Although O’Neil will now be leading the organization, Schaffner will still stay on as the organization's open studios coordinator.

Made in Fort Point moving

Made in Fort Point, a cooperative gallery run by the Fort Point Art Community, has officially closed the doors to its long-time home at 30 Channel Center St. and will be reopening at 315 on A, the neighborhood’s newest mixed-use development.

Founded in 2008, the gallery provides space for local artists to display their work and sell products, as well as room for community functions.

Since it opened, the store has generated more than $375,000 in sales, with 75 percent of the revenue going directly to local artists.

“We are tremendously grateful to the Fort Point developers who have generously supported Made in Fort Point by donating space free of rent: Berkeley Investments, Commonwealth Ventures, Beacon Capital Investments, and now, Gerding Edlen,” Gabrielle Schaffner, the groups outgoing executive director said in a statement. “We are excited to plan for our next home at 315 on A. Gerding Edlen has proved themselves to be real community partners in Fort Point, and we can’t wait to see what we can do together.”

The new store, which will be located at 315 A St., is expected to open in June.

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