Jim Grace is the Executive Director of the A&BC. Previously he was the Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts (VLA) from 1998 until 2008, when it merged with the A&BC. Jim has experience working with artists and arts organizations in the areas of legacy planning, publishing law, public art and social practice art projects, copyright, trademark, nonprofit incorporation and mergers, negotiation training, artist live/work development, and nonprofit board development. Jim was an adjunct professor for Boston University’s Masters in Arts Administration Program for more than five years where he co-taught a course on Legal Issues in Arts Administration. Currently, Jim teaches workshops locally and nationally on a variety of legal and artist professional development topics.
Jim is also a working author. He is the co-author of best-selling The Worst Case Scenario Handbook: Golf. To date he has been involved in the publication of over eight books. Jim serves on the Brookline Community Foundation and has served on the board of Associated Grant Makers (now Philanthropy Massachusetts) and the Private Sector Council of Americans for the Arts. He is a founding board member of the Arts Services Coalition and a former founding board member of the Fort Point Cultural Coalition (FPCC). The FPCC developed Midway Studios — 89 units of artist live/work space in downtown Boston.