Meet the Honorees

The Arts & Business Council’s 2017 Honorees

Each year the A&BC honors individuals whose efforts have played a vital role in Greater Boston’s creative economy—from business leaders who have literally paved the way for affordable creative spaces to nonprofit leaders who have turned ideas into thriving organizations to volunteer lawyers who have set legal precedent for the rights of artists. This June, we will honor lawyers and law firms for their pro bono efforts and highlight three extraordinary champions of the arts who work tirelessly to keep Boston’s cultural community healthy. We hope you will join us to celebrate their contributions and achievements.

Peter Nessen
Business Leader Champion for the Arts Award

The A&BC is recognizing Peter Nessen for his outstanding stewardship on nonprofit boards and in leadership positions throughout Boston for the past 25 years. Peter exemplifies the trusted advisor and thoughtful supporter of arts who works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure a healthy arts community.

Peter is the founder and president of Nessen Associates. He is a public accountant who has served as Chief Executive Officer and on the governing Board of Advisors for national investment-banking firms. Peter served as Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance of Massachusetts and as the senior cabinet member during the first two years of the administration of Governor William Weld. Peter has also been a partner in the accounting firms of BDO Seidman and Henry J. Bornhofft Company, and the Dean for Resources and Special Projects at Harvard Medical School.

As one of the country’s leading experts in public finance and privatization, he is the founder and chairman of a public policy organization that provides services to not-for-profit, health care, and other organizations. He chaired the Massachusetts Cultural Council for seven years and has served on more than a dozen nonprofit boards of directors, including that of the Free for All Fund at the Boston Foundation, North Bennet Street School, Fuller Craft Museum, and the Society of Arts and Crafts. He has been a voice of reason thoughtfulness and have provided invaluable service with warmth and support

Candelaria Silva-Collins
Arts and Community Leadership Award

Candelaria connects arts and culture to community—and community to arts and culture. She has done this throughout her career as an administrator, consultant, writer, trainer, and facilitator. The A&BC is honoring Candelaria for her tremendous leadership and support of the arts.

Candelaria was director of three non-profit programs including ACT Roxbury, the cultural economic development program of Madison Park Development Corporation. As the first director of ACT Roxbury (1998 until 2007), she conceived, planned and raised funds for its signature programs including Roxbury Film Festival, Roxbury Open Studios, Roxbury Literary Annual, and the Roxbury is Rich Holiday Shopping Guides. She provided leadership in the creation of Hibernian Hall. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company and is Program Manager for the Fellowes Athenaeum Trust Fund of the Boston Public Library.  She has provided invaluable support to the A&BC’s Creative Entrepreneurship program, now in its third year.

Her essays, children’s stories, short stories, and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. She is currently Chair, Designators of the George B. Henderson Foundation. Previously, she served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury.

Fred Taylor
Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award

Fred is a jazz impresario who has been an integral part of Boston’s jazz scene for more than 50 years. Born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, Taylor’s illustrious career as one of Boston’s premier jazz promoters dates back to 1963 when he owned and managed Paul’s Mall and the Boston Jazz Workshop on Boylston Street, across from the Lenox Hotel. Fred’s clubs hosted some of the first Boston appearances of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Barry Manilow, Lily Tomlin, Bob Marley—and the list goes on. Over the course of decades, Fred worked with nearly every major jazz artist, from John Coltrane to Dizzy Gillespie to Herbie Hancock; blues artists like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and Big Mama Thornton; and even helped introduce Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and Earth, Wind and Fire.

Fred ran the clubs until 1978, moving on to produce concerts in Boston Symphony Hall and the Boston Garden, working with Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, and others. In 1991 Taylor began working at Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Hotel in Allston, turning it into one of the top ten jazz clubs in America and a world-famous venue.

Fred was also the artistic director for the Tanglewood Jazz Festival in Lenox, MA. He produced a PBS television special, “Chevalier, Maurice & Me,” starring Tony Sandler and featuring the life and music of international icon Maurice Chevalier. He continues to be an active concert promoter and is currently working with the Cabot Theatre in Beverly, MA.

Fred is an institution, a champion of musicians, and a true character, bringing wit and charm to everything he’s touched. We are honored to present him with this Lifetime Achievement Award.