Kelly Brilliant, Executive Director
For over 16 years, Kelly has led The Fenway Alliance in improving the physical, social, economic, and cultural environment of Boston’s Fenway community. In 2012, Kelly spearheaded a year-long community effort to designate the Fenway by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as the first of 30 Cultural Districts in Massachusetts, and the first in Boston. Under Kelly’s leadership the Alliance was selected to manage the District. Kelly founded the major Boston public events: Opening Our Doors, TEDxFenway, and Public By Design-a public art series that features Massachusetts based artists. Prior to leading The Fenway Alliance, Kelly directed Healthy Malden 2000, a nonprofit organization established to serve the health of the city and the state through a variety of public health initiatives. Kelly was Managing Director and co-author of the FLASHPOINTcurricula, initiated by the Eastern District Attorney’s Office of Massachusetts, and Director of Curriculum for Harvard University’s Program for Young Negotiators. Kelly received a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.A. from Boston University. Her career is marked by the belief that everyone should have access to the art and culture at the heart of Boston’s diverse communities.
Taylor Mortell, Assistant Director
Taylor Mortell is a Community Artist and Arts Advocate based out of Boston, MA. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Boston University, Magna Cum Laude. Through her work in and outside of the studio, Taylor is interested in exploring the impact making can have on people in healthcare and community settings.
She is best known for her TEDx Talk, “The Art of Taking Action.” Her work has been recognized on Capitol Hill and been featured in numerous publications including NPR, The Boston Globe, Esprit, and Boston Magazine.
Before joining the Fenway Alliance, Taylor worked on a variety of programs at the Cambridge Arts Council, The Boston University School of Visual Arts, and served as the first Visual Artist-in-Residence at Boston Medical Center.