About Us



Springfield City Mosaic is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. Our mission is to support, promote, and be an active member of the visual arts community in Springfield, Massachusetts, including, but not limited to, arranging exhibits, sponsoring programs, planning events, offering classes and lectures and collaborating with artists, galleries, educational institutions, museums and businesses, using  arts to improve the City landscape, educate, entertain and enhance lives.


City Mosaic Board of Directors



Evan Plotkin
Evan Plotkin
Evan Plotkin is currently the President and CEO of NAI Plotkin. A Springfield based Commercial Real Estate Brokerage and property management firm. Evan has been and continues to be very involved with the transformation and renaissance of downtown Springfield. For many years he has been working to help revitalize the city in part by creating urban art spaces and activating vacant underutilized space in the downtown. Some of the highlights of this revitalization effort are public arts projects such as; James Kitchen’s 30+ sculptures throughout the downtown, the giant sneaker public arts project that put 25 sneakers painted by different artists throughout the downtown, the Court Square mural projects with John Simpson, and the Performance Project mural projects on Frank B Murray and Worthington Streets. Evan created two separate art galleries downtown. One is at the MassLive Building at 1350 Main Street done in conjunction with John Simpson and the UMASS Commonwealth College, the gallery and studio provides classroom space where students attend classes throughout the semester. In addition, Evan helped to curate the gallery in the lobby of 1550 Main Street featuring James Kitchens sculptures and artwork.  In 2009, 10, and 11 Evan was on the organizing committee for Hoop City Jazz Festival and in 2014, and 2015 co-chair of the Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival. Evan is very active within the community.

John Simpson
John Simpson
John Simpson, professor at Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst and runs the gallery, located on the ninth floor of 1350 Main Street. Most of Johns students are not art majors and have either little or no previous experience in the field. “Students are encouraged to experiment with imagery, paint and ideas. They are introduced to creative methods to explore and transform any latent artistic skills that they may have into active channels for expression. Students gain an understanding of museums, the curating of space, Springfield’s history and the need for artists and students to create a sense of vitality in a city to fuel its economic engine. Students will humanize the historical figures and illuminate their inventions by incorporating the stories and innovations into art works that will be exhibited to the Springfield community. In addition, students are able to participate in the creation of exhibitions for the Springfield Museums and gain an understanding of the many professional opportunities in museums, galleries, cultural institutions and non-profit organizations.”


Mike Cass aka 'The Eraser'
Mike Cass aka 'The Eraser'
Percussionist, Springfield native, employed as the City of Springfield’s Graffiti Remediator and  SRA Property Manager. “I got involved with City Mosaic last July, when it was brought to my attention that, Evan Plotkin was looking for permission to use 13-31 Elm St. for their sight to host the Jazz & Roots Festival and to use the rear lot for backstage accommodations for Shows acts.As the Property Manager for the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, I was charged with making this happen. It did happen and it was a great success. I, also, met John Simpson at that time. John was looking for space to create Open Air Art and I had the Canvass, a boarded up building, to accommodate that request. We decided to not only put Musicians portraits up, that were going to perform at the festival, on these blank pieces of plywood  but decide to encompass the entire Building with his incredible “Artistry”. After years of erasing the menace that graffiti inflicts on a City, neighborhood by neighborhood, it is gratifying beyond belief, to work with a group of people, whose sole purpose is to enrich our City with Art and Music. It has been an incredible journey, one that I hope will continue into the future.”

Peter Newland
Peter Newland
Peter formed the Springfield area rock band FAT in 1969 and has performed with them in all of their various incarnations. The band still performs regularly today. FAT released albums on RCA and their own Dream Merchant Records and were signed to Atlantic Records by Ahmet Ertegun in 1980. In 1985 Peter moved to Nashville and worked as a staff writer for Paul Overstreet and Fitzgerald/Hartley. He had songs cut by Hank Williams Junior, Tracey Lawrence and others. He moved back to Springfield in 2002. Upon moving back to Western Mass Peter formed his band RadioXile a rock/country/blues/r&b combo that performs a mix of Peter’s originals, and standards from the blues, rock, country and r&b idioms. Peter plays guitar, keyboards, and harmonica. He is also the lead vocalist. Peter says: “I love this city. Springfield is where my band FAT was born and where our music matured. The city has embraced me throughout the years in victory and defeat and it is where I make my home today. I have made a decision to connect my passion for music and art to my love for the city where I live and to try to make a difference. I am joining City Mosaic because I believe they share my desire to:

  1. Build an “arts fueled revenue engine” that will provide a marketplace for area artists, enhance the aesthetic quality of life in Springfield and support initiatives that address critical inner city issues such as education and youth violence.
  2. Promote events that celebrate the history, culture and architecture of Springfield thereby raising the quality of the downtown experience, beginning to change some of the commonly held misperceptions of our city and working toward re-establishing us as the entertainment center of Western Mass.”


Tim Rooke
Tim Rooke
Tim Rooke is currently the Vice President of Axia Insurance Services Inc.  located in downtown Springfield, MA. Tim also holds the title of Dean of the Springfield City Council where he has been a member of the City Council for the past 22 years. Tim was the Western Massachusetts Campaign Coordinator for Governor Charlie Baker and has been involved in numerous philanthropic activities in Western Massachusetts.

Morgan Drewniany
Morgan Drewniany
Morgan attended Hampshire College with a focus on the intersection of environmental chemistry, public health, and social justice. Her passion for serving all of the population, not just those with a high level of education and privilege, brought her to the field of economic development after graduation. She is currently serving as Interim Director of the Springfield Cultural District, and has hopes that her involvement with City Mosaic will lead to a brighter downtown blending business, arts, and culture.


Jennifer Kiely
Jennifer Kiely
Jenn is currently the Director of Marketing and Business Development for NAI Plotkin, a Commercial Real Estate Brokerage and Property Management Firm in downtown Springfield. Through her involvement with NAI Plotkin, she has been involved in many philanthropic events and worked on many projects within the City and Western Massachusetts.

Wayne Phaneuf
Wayne Phaneuf
Wayne is in charge of all editorial operations at The Republican, including news and sports. He grew up in the McKnight section of Springfield, attended public schools and graduated from UMass at Amherst. He has been a reporter, columnist, assistant managing editor and executive editor in my 40-year career here. Wayne is interested in history and has written and lectured on local history for many years. His other interests include gardening, fishing and trying to keep up with my kids.

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