Stephen H. Baird

Artist * Advocate * Administrator 


PO Box 300112, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030


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Art/Administrative Experience

2002-present, Founder and Executive Director, Community Arts Advocates, Boston, MA

Consultant and producer of festivals, conferences, concerts, coffeehouses, workshops.Nonprofit arts management consultant-- fundraising, audience development, marketing, budgeting and finances, organizational structual development.

2005-present, CoFounder and Naturalist, Friends of Jamaica Pond, Boston, MA

Consultant and producer of nature photograph documentation, water quality studies, conferences, concerts, workshops.Nonprofit arts management consultant-- fundraising, audience development, marketing, budgeting and finances, organizational structual development.

1971-present, Street Arts and Buskers Advocates, Boston, MA

President, Founder, producer of festivals, editor and publisher of newsletter, legal advocate, consultant and writer for city ordinances nationally and internationally.

1971-present, Performing Artist

Perform internationally; including appearances at Kennedy Performing Arts Center (1975); New England Artists Showcase (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985), regional NECAA college artists showcases. Performed at over five hundred college campuses, libraries, schools, parks, camps, television programs, festivals, concerts and theaters.

Nationally distributed PBS Special "Street Singer" 1987 and Odessey "Millenium Music Series" 2000.

1999-2001, Executive Director, Jamaica Plain Arts Council, Boston, MA

Produced one of Boston's largest visual arts festivals "JP Open Studios" of over 250 artists at 80 sites; "Ship of Fools" winter carnavale, "Inspirational Freedom Choir," "Poets Share Reading Series." Wrote and received over 30 grants. Budget $100,000 cash, $100,000 inkind.

1995-1997, Founder & Director, Club Passim, Cambridge, MA

Reorganizer and Director of this historic music club in Harvard Square.Organized benefits and crisis management team, restructured as nonprofit. Produced 500 cultural events/yr -- 7-days a week--poetry readings, art gallery, music, workshops. Budget $300,000 cash, $200,000 inkind

1982-1996, Founder & Executive Director, Folk Arts Network, Inc., Cambridge, MA

Founding member; President, Board of Directors 1982-1985 Executive Director 1986-1996.Produced concerts and festivals (over 1000), conferences (5); publish newsletters, magazine and directories; manage budgets ($300,000); write and obtain grants from national, state, local and private agencies. Coordinate FAN programs, act as resource to folk arts community.

1986-1999, 2012-2013 Bread and Roses Heritage Committee, Lawrence, MA

Consultant to committee which produces multi-ethnic yearly festival; attendance of 20,000. Seven to four stages, parades and live broadcasts. Member of Board of Directors, production and marketing team, fundraising and grant writing team. 

1987-1992, Board of Directors, Arts Extension Service, Inc., Amherst, MA

University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Division of Continuing Education. Member, Board of Directors

1985-1986, Street Festival and Program, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA.

Consultant producer for festival with attendance of 50,000.

1984-1986, Street Performers' Celebration, Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, MA

Consultant and Producer of festival with attendance of 10,000.

1984-1985, Executive Director, Nameless Coffeehouse, Cambridge, MA

Executive Director of coffeehouse, established in 1967. Produced programs, obtained grants. Incorporated coffeehouse as non-profit, tax exempt organization.



2000, Odyssey Discovery Channel Documentary, Blacklight Productions, Hollywood, CA


1989, Outstanding Leadership Award for Art Administration by Consortium of Local Arts Agencies.


1985-1986, University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana, IL

Artist-in-residence. Included two weeks of workshops, lectures, performances.


1979, "Street Singer", Public Broadcasting Service

Featured in nationally-distributed PBS documentary.


1975, Massachusetts Artist for USA Bicentennial Program at

Kennedy Performing Arts Center Washington, DC


Baird has also been featured in articles and books including People, Newsweek, Time, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, American Bar Association Journal, National Law Review, Sing Out! Folk Magazine and many other publications.




1966-1971, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Matriculated as undergraduate in Chemical Engineering





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