In Focus Podcast

Episode 115

She was tasked with organizing the New Bedford Fine Arts Club – an art marketplace for local artists…


Welcome, Lean (lee-ann) Camara, to In-Focus Podcast Number 115. Lean is the Director of Strategic Projects at The New Bedford Light, a free digital news outlet providing public service journalism. Although Lean is not an artist, she may now add ‘art industry professional’ to her resume.

She was tasked with organizing the New Bedford Fine Arts Club – an art marketplace for local artists to share and sell their work to an engaged group of collectors and art enthusiasts. The new club’s first Zoom meeting launches on April 20, 2022, and is sponsored by The New Bedford Light.

Lean has worked with mission-based organizations for 20 years, holding various leadership roles at nonprofit organizations. She has launched multifaceted initiatives, directed senior executive planning, and built consensus among diverse stakeholders. All skills that she will apply to the launch of the New Bedford Fine Arts Club which is set to launch on April 20, 2022. Lean has degrees from Ithaca College and the University of Pennsylvania.

Lean, talks with The Artist Index’s host, Ron Fortier, and reveals more of her background, the story behind the spelling of her name, and the challenges and excitement of launching the new fine arts club where artists and buyers come together. This episode was recorded with Zoom “post-pandemic” in 2022.

We all hope that there will be an end in sight to the COVID-19 Pandemic so that we may return to our studio at the Spectrum Marketing Group in Howland Place in New Bedford. Until then, we will continue to podcast remotely, assisted by Zoom, to accommodate our guests’ schedules and to allow them to remain in the comfort of their homes.

The whole concept of The Artists Index and the journey we are on is are still in the making and very organic. If you would like to be a guest or, have a suggestion, please let us know!


Lean Camara

New Bedford Light

127 W Rodney French Blvd,

New Bedford, MA 02744 


This program is supported in part by a grant from the New Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


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