Folk Arts Center of New England leadership

The Folk Arts Center of New England is run by the FAC Executive Director, Board of Directors, and coordinators of events and projects.


The FAC staff, led by Executive Director Marcie Van Cleave since 1988, is a great resource for promoting traditional dance and music, and for outreach to other local groups with similar goals.


Conny Taylor (b. 1921 – d. 2006)
Marianne Patterson Taylor (b. 1930 – d. 2008)

FAC 2017 Board of Directors

Carolyn Ramm (president), Newburyport, MA
Carl Lazarus (vice president), Newton, MA
David Salstein (treasurer), Newton, MA
Janet Nelson (secretary), Winchester, MA
Alex Cumming, Medford, MA
Kathy Hagelston, Arlington, MA
Elizabeth MacLachlan, Jamaica Plain, MA
Jim Madigan, Somerville, MA
Yaron Shragai, Waltham, MA
Jeff Tacconi, Andover, MA

The Folk Arts Center of New England’s co-founders Conny and Marianne Taylor started their first weekly international folk dance series on Wednesdays in July 1955 at the Cambridge YWCA’s Hannum Hall in Central Square. The series switched to Thursdays the following year, then added Fridays in 1960.