Folk Arts Center of New England leadership

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


Marcie Van Cleave, Executive Director (since 1988)
Katy Bishop, Office Manager


Conny Taylor (1921—2006)
Marianne Patterson Taylor (1930—2008)

FAC 2021 Board of Directors

David Salstein (president), Newton, MA
Elizabeth MacLachlan (vice president), Jamaica Plain, MA
Carl Lazarus (treasurer), Newton, MA
Carolyn Ramm (secretary), Newburyport, MA

Almas Dossa, Brookline, MA
Lauren Ingram, Boston, MA
Siu-ching Lui, Somerset, NJ
Jim Madigan, Somerville, MA
Yaron Shragai, Waltham, MA
Ron Wilkinson, Brookline, 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.