Meet the Director:  Marshall Hughes

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RCC_meet_directorRCC’s Media Arts Center, located at the corner of Columbus Ave and Malcolm X Boulevard, directly across from the Roxbury Crossing T station, is an ideal location within the community. Over the years, our 500 seat auditorium has hosted plays, musical performances, dance recitals, public lectures, community forums and more. Every month, well-known local artists display their work in the Joan Resnikoff Gallery, for the public to come and enjoy for free. On the lower level, students enrolled in RCC’s Broadcast Media Technology Program learn how to capture film and sound. And each summer, youth from Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and surrounding areas enroll in the Summer Arts Intensive to master the performing arts under the guidance of some of Boston’s best teachers.

At the helm of the Center sits Marshall Hughes, director of fine, visual and performing arts at Roxbury Community College. Prior to joining RCC, Mr. Hughes was department chair at the Cambridge School of Weston (CSW). Before CSW, he spent ten years at MIT, where he helped develop MIT’s Freshman/Alumni Summer Arts Internship Program. He also founded an opera company, Opera unMet, and directed a chorus that traveled to the former Soviet Union, the Baltic States, and China.

“I’ve always had a passion for the arts and humanities,” says Mr. Hughes. “I started playing cello in elementary school, in Detroit. In those days, the cello was bigger than me. I played in the all-city orchestra and sang in the all-city choir. I was singing Mozart before I could spell Mozart. As a young adult, I taught music and dance, and was a church choir director. My passion for the arts is a continuing discovery.”

In his current position, Mr. Hughes supports young artists at an early stage, which he finds rewarding and moving. “Watching young artists come to the college and discover that they enjoy art, and seeing them absorb classics, enjoy jazz and go to events and museums—sometimes for the first time—is so very rewarding. Seeing novice student actors discover and perform Shakespeare, or create performance pieces is amazing.  Seeing kids be creative through our Summer Arts Intensive Program and our Acting Up Program is inspiring.”

And what’s the one thing Mr. Hughes wants to make sure that everyone knows about the Media Arts Center? That it’s a hub of energy and excitement—and that it’s a true resource for the community. “The Center serves many purposes for our youth, RCC students, local artists, and the community at-large. We are open to the public almost every day. The Joan Resnikoff Gallery features new exhibits monthly and is open weekdays and most weekends throughout the year. You are welcome to stop in and take a look at any time.”

The Media Arts Center is open during the week, with occasional openings on the weekends, for special events. To schedule an off-hours gallery showing, please contact Pamela Green at pgreen@rcc.mass.edu or (617) 541-5380. For more information on upcoming events at the Media Arts Center, including upcoming gallery exhibits, please visit our website: http://www.rcc.mass.edu/media-arts-center.

Fall 2015 at the Media Arts Center

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