The Brookline Commission for Women will hosts its 26th Annual Women Who Inspire Us Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hunneman Hall at the Brookline Main Library at 361 Washington Street. Refreshments will be served from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
During the event, the Brookline Commission for Women will celebrate 12 essay winners from 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades who wrote essays about a woman who inspires them. The “Women Who Inspires Me” essay contest, held annually in celebration of National Women’s History Month, is an important part of chronicling the history of women in Brookline and encourages students to reflect on those who make an impact on their lives.
That night, the Commission will also honor the 2018 Brookline Woman of the Year: Chloe Lara-Russack, executive co-director of Artbarn Community Theater (official website here) and a Vermont native, raising two girls along with her husband, who has harbored a love for theater since she was a child.
Theater has always been a part of Chloe’s life. Graduating from Bates College with a major in Theater and Education she soon found herself stumbling upon the magical stage of Artbarn Community Theater. In addition to her role as Artistic Director at the Barn, Chloe also worked in Brookline Public Schools developing theater curriculum.
Chloe has always maintained a strong passion and belief that theater has the potential to heal, build relationships and strengthen personal self-esteem. To further pursue this dream, Chloe left Artbarn in 2007 to attend NYU’s Drama Therapy Master’s program.
After graduating in 2010 Chloe returned to the Boston area and worked as a theater specialist in the Boston Public School System. In addition to her husband, Dan, and her daughters, Rowan and Hazel, Chloe’s greatest passion has and always will be the “theater.” In the words of a greeting card that Chloe has received time and again: “Given a cape and a nice tiara, I could save the world.” Chloe never leaves home without her fairy wand safely tucked in her back pocket.
The formal program will last about an hour and a half minutes. This event is free and open to the public.
All are welcome!