To say Luke M. Vaillancourt is passionate about the Worcester Art Museum is no exaggerationâ€”itâ€™s a fact. When this WAM member, and now a Museum corporator, speaks about it he uses words like â€œgemâ€ and â€œworld-class.â€ You could say he is downright smitten.
Although Vaillancourt hails from a family immersed in the arts, he recalls his parents â€œdragging him kicking and screamingâ€ as a child to art museums throughout the world. â€œI guess I was too young to appreciate all I was seeing,â€ he says. â€œNow that Iâ€™m older, art has become a real passion for me.â€
When Vaillancourt completed his Masterâ€™s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2007, he returned home to Central Massachusetts and joined the Museum. He attended the Third Thursday After-Hours events, which provided â€œan ideal opportunity to meet like-minded people in a sophisticated setting.â€ He was hooked.
Soon Vaillancourt was asked to serve a recently completed six-year term on the WAM Members Council, eventually chairing the after-hours programming committee. Now a Museum Corporator, he is involved in planning the Corporators Ball for June 13, 2015. â€œOur goal is to create a premier fundraising gala, similar to the Met Ball, which will be the social event of the Central Massachusetts area,â€ he says.
Vaillancourt is the director of digital marketing for Vaillancourt Folk Art in Sutton, a 30-year-old family business, which creates high-quality chalkware Santas and other figures. And if that isnâ€™t enough, he also oversees his two start-up businesses, WorcesterScene.com and WorcesterFoodies, which focus on promoting the growing restaurant, bars and arts scene in the city. â€œMy involvement with the hospitality industry and the arts is all for the betterment of Worcester,â€ Vaillancourt explains. â€œAs a Museum member, I am thrilled to see how WAM seamlessly involves itself in the cultural and social growth of this city. Iâ€™m proud to promote the Museum.â€
While attending Worcester Academy, Vaillancourt took computer classes at the Worcester Art Museum. Now, asÂ a gift for Motherâ€™s Day, he and his mother, artist Judi Vaillancourt, enjoy taking classes together. â€œThese classes are a great way to bond with my mom and expand our art skills,â€ he says. â€œWe really enjoy our studio time together with our instructors. Itâ€™s a great benefit to have that opportunity to learn. WAM is a real treasure.â€
Allegrezza, C. (2015, February 1). Featured WAM Member. Access Magazine, 33-33.
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