Michele Oshima


Miche?le Oshima loves working as an intellectual matchmaker, connecting brilliant creative people. An out-of-the-box thinker, she is passionate about facilitating aha moments across disciplines and helping people realize their creative potential. Oshima is proud to have nurtured the collaboration between Michel Gondry and Noam Chomsky resulting in the documentary “Is the Man Who Is Tall, Happy?” She is a particularly fierce advocate for all genres of the contemporary arts.

Oshima has a degree in Economic Development from Wellesley College. After she spent ten years in international business, her after-hours arts engagement and activism led to a professional switch to academia. Oshima coordinated Women’s Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for seven years. In 2002, she became the Director of Student and Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Programs at MIT’s Office of the Arts, connecting innovative artists from across the globe with students, inventors, and researchers. Most recently she served as the Director of Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College, the leading entrepreneurship school.

Oshima has traveled extensively and fostered relationships with emerging and established artists throughout the world. She is also a veteran trumpeter, who was honored to play at Mali’s national party in Bamako with the Super Rail Band in celebration of Malick Sidibe?’s win of the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion, and at the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad in Anthony Braxton’s Sonic Genome Project. She was a founding member of the Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band, which created HonkFest in Massachusetts, a phenomenon that has since spread to many other American cities.

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