Board Spotlight | Danah Blake and Gwenn Fairall
Updated: May 20, 2021
At Boston Music Project, we are proud to have a board that reflects the students and communities we serve, with a shared commitment of bringing transformative music education to Boston youth. This week, we spotlight Danah Blake and Gwenn Fairall, who share their favorite aspects of BMP!
Danah Blake joined the Boston Music Project’s board as a fellow for 2020-2021 through Boston University's Social Impact MBA through the Questrom School of Business. She also serves as an associate director of undergraduate admissions for Boston University. "One aspect of Boston Music Project that I love is the diversity in teaching staff staff," Ms. Blake shared. "Representation matters and I appreciate seeing the variety in teacher backgrounds which enhances each student's experience.” Previously, Ms. Blake spent several years working in the non-profit sector and we are privileged to have her share her creative ideas and expertise related to community events and fundraising.
"Representation matters and I appreciate seeing the variety in teacher backgrounds which enhances each student's experience.” - BMP Board Fellow, Danah Blake
Gwenn Fairall joined Boston Music Project in 2019 as a board fellow from Boston University as well. She is passionate about ensuring children have the best chance of leading healthy, productive, and fun lives – which led her to BMP after exploring their work in the social-emotional development of their students. "BMP really attracted me because they bring the beauty of music to young children," Ms. Fairall shared. "BMP gets them excited about developing a new skill while learning to appreciate the time, effort, and precision that goes into it. It is something that will stick with them for life – whether or not they continue to play an instrument."
"The most fun I had with BMP was when I had the wonderful opportunity to help the students build their paper orchestra. Seeing their dedication, excitement, and joy in building their own instrument was such a sight to see!"- BMP Board Member, Gwenn Fairall
In her professional work, Ms. Fairall is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of people across the world through her work in public health and building collaborations. Ms. Fairall has more than 10 years of experience in communications and relationship management, adolescent health, and fundraising. Currently, she is helping build a new initiative at the Boston University School of Public Health that creates relationships with for-profit industry partners to advance public health innovation while also working towards her MBA from Questrom School of Business. She loves to listen and watch the BMP cohorts show off their newly developed skills.
Ms. Fairall shared one of her most memorable moments with BMP. "The most fun I had with BMP was when I had the wonderful opportunity to help the students build their paper orchestra. Seeing their dedication, excitement, and joy in building their own instrument was such a sight to see! During my time there, each of the students I worked with wanted to teach me something about the instrument they were making and tell me about what they were learning in the program. It’s a testament to the hard work, dedication, and passion Executive Director Christopher Schroeder and the Teaching Artists put into the program every day."
We invite you to learn more about all of our Board and read about our Paper Orchestra Program!