About Us

Inspired Masses, Inc. is a non-profit cultural organization based out of Waltham, Massachusetts. We were founded in 2019 by Executive Director, Jane De León Griffin for the purpose of promoting free art and cultural activities in the greater Boston area.

 

While passionate about all forms of cultural and artistic expression, our primary interests are in writing and storytelling. Inspired Masses believes in the power of collaboration and strives to build and maintain lasting partnerships with local businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations.

 

Mission & Vision

Inspired Masses provides opportunities for people in the greater Boston area to engage with the arts for free. Specifically, we provide Massachusetts residents the opportunity to share their creative talents with the public for free, to consume and enjoy the creative talents of other Massachusetts residents for free, and we increase the visibility and presence of art created by Massachusetts residents in the public sphere.

 

Inspired Masses believes in the power and potential of place-based communities; we believe everyone has creative talent; and we believe that by sharing our creativity with one another in the public sphere, we strengthen our communities and grow stronger together. 

 

Our team

Jane De Léon Griffin

Executive Director and Founder

Jane holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Irvine and is Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Spanish at Bentley University. Her academic research focuses on grassroots cultural production in Chile, and this work has motivated her to create Inspired Masses. As an educator, Jane hopes to help her students understand the power of public art and the importance of public and private partnerships that make public art possible. When not working at Inspired Masses and Bentley University, you will find Jane enjoying the outdoors, good food and live music with her husband and daughter.

Shawn Hauserman

Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer

Originally from the Pacific North West, Shawn has traveled the world studying music and social justice. He holds a Masters degree in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language from Gonzaga University and a Masters in Business Administration from Bentley University, where he is currently the Associate Director of Academic Programs for the Bentley Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center. Recognized as a creative, innovative and strategic thinker, Shawn sees and understands the complexities of implementing large-scale projects for mission-driven organizations, such as Inspired Masses. When not working at Inspired Masses or Bentley University, you can find Shawn making and listening to live music and enjoying his garden with his wife and Australian Sheppard. 

Kate Jones

Design Intern

Kate Jones is a junior at Bentley University majoring in Information Design and Corporate Communication with a double major in Earth, Environment, and Sustainability.  As a new Boston resident, Kate was searching for ways to learn more about and get involved in her new community.  Kate’s detail and design-oriented personality lead her to the opportunity to join Inspired Masses with a focus on creating promotional and informational graphics for social media. Outside of the classroom, Kate is on the Bentley Cheer Team, as well as, on the executive board for the Bentley Best Buddies Club.  She also enjoys spending time with friends, baking, babysitting, and weekly movie nights with her family. 

 

Partners

Inspired Masses is proud to have collaborated with the following organizations:

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Our team

Jane De Léon Griffin

Executive Director and Founder

Jane holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Irvine and is Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Spanish at Bentley University. Her academic research focuses on grassroots cultural production in Chile, and this work has motivated her to create Inspired Masses. As an educator, Jane hopes to help her students understand the power of public art and the importance of public and private partnerships that make public art possible. When not working at Inspired Masses and Bentley University, you will find Jane enjoying the outdoors, good food and live music with her husband and daughter.

Shawn Hauserman

Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer

Originally from the Pacific North West, Shawn has traveled the world studying music and social justice. He holds a Masters degree in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language from Gonzaga University and a Masters in Business Administration from Bentley University, where he is currently the Associate Director of Academic Programs for the Bentley Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center. Recognized as a creative, innovative and strategic thinker, Shawn sees and understands the complexities of implementing large-scale projects for mission-driven organizations, such as Inspired Masses. When not working at Inspired Masses or Bentley University, you can find Shawn making and listening to live music and enjoying his garden with his wife and Australian Sheppard. 

Kate Jones

Design Intern

Kate Jones is a junior at Bentley University majoring in Information Design and Corporate Communication with a double major in Earth, Environment, and Sustainability.  As a new Boston resident, Kate was searching for ways to learn more about and get involved in her new community.  Kate’s detail and design-oriented personality lead her to the opportunity to join Inspired Masses with a focus on creating promotional and informational graphics for social media. Outside of the classroom, Kate is on the Bentley Cheer Team, as well as, on the executive board for the Bentley Best Buddies Club.  She also enjoys spending time with friends, baking, babysitting, and weekly movie nights with her family. 

Aisling Bucci

Communications Intern

Aisling is a senior at Bentley University majoring in Human Resources Management with a minor in Psychology. Aisling resides in Arlington, Massachusetts with her parents and four siblings. Being a student with a passion for social media, her strengths including supporting and motivating others, diligence, and exploring new ideas and knowledge. Her community involvement includes being part of Bentley Radio, Bentley PinkySwear PACK, and Bentley Habitat for Humanity. Outside of school, Aisling loves to cook, spend time with friends and family, and play softball!

Press

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Boston in 100 Words Wins Boston Culture Council Project Grant

 

In March, 2021 the Boston Cultural Council awarded Inspired Masses a grant of $3,500 to support our project, "Boston in 100 Words." These funds will help pay local artists to create original illustrations of the winning stories of the second annual "Boston in 100 Words" flash fiction writing contest. Inspired Masses is proud to be sponsored by the Boston Cultural Council, and we thank them for their support of "Boston in 100 Words"!