On this week's #MakerMonday Instagram series, we featured Spark's Executive Director Casey Moran, an artist, storyteller, and community leader.
Casey has been involved with Spark since 2015 and was the first salaried employee, having first served as Director of Operations before becoming the Executive Director. Casey's goals are to create a positive atmosphere in which local artists, techies, and crafts-people could find a sense of community, and to provide an accessible, common workspace for creative-minded individuals to work with a wide variety of media, either individually or in collaboration. Under Casey's leadership, Spark obtained a Palmer Grant, relocated to a renovated facility on State Street, and fostered a continued partnership with Hygenic Art.
Beyond inspiring creativity in others as Executive Director of Spark, Casey is an artist in his own right, under the name Casey Spec. Casey graduated from MassArt with a BFA in the Study of Interrelated Media. Primarily an illustrator and painter, Casey also works in video, writing, performance, and three-dimensional work as well. Casey's artwork is self-described as "a theatrical analysis of human tragedy." Casey tells stories with his art, which both depict and elicits raw human emotion through his diverse, expressive characters and gritty, imperfect art style. Casey is also a published author, having written and illustrated Queef: A Novel, a darkly comedic story involving themes of teenage angst and loss. Casey's works are largely concerned with the themes of family and growing up.
You can check out more of Casey's work at https://www.lifeisgross.com/