Neighborhood Salon Luminaries

The Neighborhood Salon is a gathering of Boston’s select cultural leaders and tastemakers whose work and agency impacts and inspires the Gardner Museum and its neighbors

Modeled after Isabella Stewart Gardner’s legacy as a curator and hostess of artist salons around the turn of the century, the primary goal of the Neighborhood Salon is to exchange creative ideas and dialogue with Boston’s most innovative and thoughtful luminaries as a means of informing programming at the Gardner. The Neighborhood Salon is led by Rhea Vedro and Shea Rose.

2018-2019 Luminaries

2018-2019 Luminaries

Feda Eid

Feda Eid is a Lebanese-American photographer and visual artist from Boston.

Sara Hendren

Sara Hendren is an artist, design researcher, writer, and educator at Olin College of Engineering.

Chimel Idiokitas

Chimel Idiokitas, also known as ReaL P, tells stories through music and social creativity.

Brian McGinnis

Brian McGinnis is a dancer and associate professor at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Fabiola M. Méndez Quiñones

Fabiola is the first student to graduate from Berklee College with the Puerto Rican cuatro as her principal instrument.

Porsha Olayiwola

Porsha Olayiwola is a poet and hip-hop feminist, who writes infra-politically to tell the stories that are silenced, erased, or difficult to release from the tip of the tongue.

James Adius Pierre

James is a passionate advocate for access to the arts for all of Boston's communities, linking young people to creative opportunities.

Victor "Marka27" Quiñonez

Victor "Marka27" Quiñonez is a street artist who works at the intersection of graffiti, vinyl toys, contemporary art, fashion, and design.

Paloma Valenzuela

Paloma Valenzuela is a Dominican-American writer, director, and actress originally from the city of Boston.



Shea Rose

Shea Rose is co-facilitator of the Neighborhood Salon, a professor at Berklee College of Music, and co-curator of the RISE Music Series at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

2017-2018 Luminaries

2017-2018 Luminaries

Kadahj Bennett

This millennial man of mystery is a rapper, singer, actor, writer, teacher, brother, and Bostonian on a mission.

Will Dailey

Will Dailey is an acclaimed independent recording and performing artist and artist advocate.

Sabrina Dorsainvil

Sabrina is fascinated by people: the way they move, speak, and touch, and the way they interact and experience objects, environments, and each other.

Tai Jimenez

Tai Jimenez (Black Light) is haunted by a voracious Jinni.

Nathalia JMag

Nathalia JMag is a contemporary fashion designer who is on a mission to honor people, animals, and the earth through her work.

Silvia López Chavez

Interdisciplinary artist Silvia López Chavez believes in the power of the creative process as an agent for positive change.

Luana Morales

Luana has been a Reiki practitioner since 2005 in the Traditional Usui System of Natural Healing.

Hana Quon

A Maryland native, Hana attended the University of Maryland for literature and linguistics before finding and pursuing her passion for pastry arts.

2016 - 2017 Luminaries

2016 - 2017 Luminaries

Olivia Ives-Flores

Olivia Ives-Flores is an artist, curator, and designer—living and creating in Boston.

Black Venus

Black Venus is a renaissance, finding liberation in balancing different art forms including poetry, theater, and music.

Josh Knowles

Josh Knowles is a talented violinist, singer/songwriter, and music educator based in Boston

Obehi Janice

Obehi Janice is an award-winning actress, writer, and comedian.

Elisa H. Hamilton

Elisa Hamilton is a multimedia artist whose practice focuses shared experiences and the inherent joy of our everyday places, objects, and experiences.

Ryan Dias-Toppin

Ryan Dias-Toppin is a producer, vocalist, performance artist, and multi-disciplinary visual artist.

Reynolds Graves

Reynolds is the Director of Government Relations for the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department.

Marsha Parrilla

Marsha Parrilla is an award-winning choreographer and the founding artistic director of Danza Orgánica.

Matt McArthur

Matt McArthur is the founder and executive director of The Record Company.

Learn More

Learn more about how the Neighborhood Salon Luminaries impact programming and more at the Gardner.