FNO is lead by a pretty amazing team — learn about our powerhouses here.
Donnabelle Casis // Founder & Chair
Donnabelle oversees the programming of FNO and collaborates with her team to make this amazing event happen! Outside of FNO, Donnabelle is an artist, curator, ArtBeat Report radio host on WHMP, Curatorial Team Member of The ArtSalon, Advisory Board Member of LiveArts Magazine, community activist and entrepreneur.
Amanda Herman // Visual Art Curator
Amanda works with Donnabelle to select artists for the mobile boxes and outdoor spaces at FNO!
Steven Sanderson // Music Coordinator
Steven works to pull together all of the music performances at FNO. Aside from FNO, he is the Events Producer for the Northampton Arts Council, the Tour Manager for the Young at Heart Chorus, a Founding Member of local rock legends Drunk Stuntmen, and Co-Owner of Oxbow Tattoo. He resides in the lovely village of Florence. Steven strives to be a good Dad and Husband.
Check out his Facebook page!
Terre Vandale // Dance Liaison
Terre is honored to be a part of the stellar FNO team and to be part of a community arts event which highlights all of the creativity in Florence. Her role is to reach out to choreographers, dance groups, and dance schools, who are either based in Florence or offering classes here, to invite them to participate in FNO. As the liaison between the dance artists and the FNO organizing team, she also helps think through dancers’ specific needs to ensure the event will be a positive one for everyone involved! Terre says “We are so lucky to have such an extensive dance community here in Florence that it would take several days of events to showcase them all. This year’s line-up represents a diversity of ages and genres — some performances and some free classes for the community. It is going to be an exciting evening of dance!”
Outside of FNO, Terre Vandale is a dance artist and educator whose choreographic and teaching practice expands assumptions about what dance is, who can dance, and where dance happens. Terre has performed and presented choreographic and video works nationally and internationally, and as a member of Anna Halprin’s Dance Company. Terre directs Mae (Movement Arts Ensemble) – an intergenerational, place-based dance company here in the Pioneer Valley. She teaches dance, theater, and arts integrated curriculum in school, community, and university settings. She is a certified teacher of Halprin’s somatic approach and Program Coordinator for the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she teaches Arts Programming and Community Engagement for Artists.
Contact Terre at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the Arts Extension Service on Facebook!
Carla Costa // Media & Marketing Coordinator
In previous years, Carla has collaborated with Donnabelle on curating the art installations featured at FNO. This year, she is focused on communications support and event management. Carla spent 8 great years in Florence and loves the opportunity to give back to the community. In her other life she is a short story writer and the Director of the Careers In Arts & Communication Program at Amherst College.
Find her on Instagram @carlacontinued!
Mikaela Bowler // Media & Marketing Intern
Rob Kimmel // Graphic Designer
For FNO, Rob designs the full program, the event poster, and various other materials for the event. He designed our classic starry logo!
Follow Rob on Instagram @robkimmel!
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