The Future of Funding the Arts


About the Speakers

Laura CallananImpact Investing Through a Creativity Lens
Laura Callanan
Founding Partner of Upstart Co-Lab

LAURA CALLANAN is founding partner of Upstart Co-Lab, launched in 2015. Previously, she served as senior deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, leading all grantmaking programs, operations, and research. As a consultant with McKinsey & Company’s Social Sector office, Callanan led work on social innovation, sustainable capitalism, and social impact assessment. She served as senior adviser at the United Nations Development Programme, executive director of the Prospect Hill Foundation, associate director at the Rockefeller Foundation, and associate treasurer for the Wallace Foundation. In 2014 Callanan was invited to explore the work of artists as social entrepreneurs as a visiting scholar to the American Academy in Rome, and as the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship. Board chair of GlobalGiving, and an adviser to Shift Capital, Callanan was the only arts leader named by The NonProfit Times to the Power and Influence Top 50 in 2017.

Mary Stuart MastersonThe Creative Economy Makes Local Work
Mary Stuart Masterson
Founder of the Stockade Works and Upriver Studios

MARY STUART MASTERSON is an actress, filmmaker, and founder of the Stockade Works and Upriver Studios. Her award-winning film, TV, and theater career includes roles in Some Kind of Wonderful, Fried Green Tomatoes, Benny and Joon, the Broadway musical Nine, and the title role in CBS’s Kate Brasher. Masterson also directed the feature The Cake Eaters and produced Last Man Standing, Tickling Leo, and The Rest of Us. After a hiatus to “produce” her family, Masterson moved to New York’s Hudson Valley and founded Stockade Works, a nonprofit that trains, hires, and mentors the local workforce in film production across all departments. In 2018 Masterson is launching Upriver Studios, a Hudson Valley-based woman-owned entertainment studio. Upriver will be a B Corporation dedicated to access and inclusion, on and off screen, with climate-forward production practices and facilities.

Sam BosneyNext Gen Arts Patrons Are Impact Investors
Sam Bonsey
Senior Director of The ImPact

SAM BONSEY is senior director of The ImPact, a global network of families committed to making more impact investments more effectively. Bonsey is also a board member of Keller Enterprises, a family office committed to values-aligned investing, sustainable agriculture, and venture philanthropy. He is a member of the 100% Impact Network, a peer network of individuals and families who have committed to investing all of their assets for positive social and environmental impact. In 2017 Bonsey co-founded Manoa Poke, a sustainable seafood restaurant near Boston. In 2010 he co-founded the 2Seeds Network, an NGO incubating agricultural business in Tanzania; in 2017 2Seeds merged with Spark Microgrants. In 2015 Bonsey was recognized by Forbes as a “30 Under 30” social entrepreneur.