September 30, 2015
Presentation: The Elevation of Agitation: Empowering Voices & Remembering Simple Truths
James is the Executive Director of Big Heavy World. He has directed Vermont’s Burlington-based independent, volunteer-staffed music office for 20 years, generating partnerships and channeling enthusiasm that supports Vermont-made music of every kind & stage of development. Through a music archive, record label, community radio station, music shop, events, and more, and in collaboration with community partners, he has brought together the resources that provide Vermont with a music office where it would not have one otherwise. James has championed inclusion and respect for diversity, and built a widely recognized engine of support for regional music based on these values. He has been visionary in recognizing the potential of combining widely different community stakeholder interests into collaborations that satisfy the goals of all involved.
James is a cultural heritage advisory board member of the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (Vermont’s National Heritage Area) and serves on the King Street Neighborhood Revitalization Corp. He also directs the Youth Safety Council of Vermont and coordinates the Distracted Driving Task Force of the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance and its Education/Outreach & Marketing Focus Group.