December 7, 2015
Power Players: Fresh Faces

Nick Capasso

At first glance, anyone holding the title of director of the Fitchburg Art Museum wouldn't seem to have much influence outside the cultural community. But Nick Capasso isn't just anyone.

After taking over the museum in 2013, Capasso launched a $1-million renovation of the 90-year-old museum and its surrounding streetscape, which led to a 50-percent increase in attendance. More importantly, the upgrade started talk of the revitalization of the surrounding Fitchburg downtown.

Capasso has now teamed with the Twin Cities Community Development Corp. to help build an economy in Fitchburg and Leominster based off the creative industry, hoping to make arts and culture a priority of the two governments. While lofty, Capasso's goal is to turn downtown into a cultural oasis where people want to live, outsiders want to visit and companies want to locate.

Capasso's ideas and efforts have gotten attention in Worcester,which is seeking to redevelop older and unused properties into places where artists can live and work.

Read about other Central Massachusetts Power Players

Change Agents: Executives bringing their organizations to new heights

Visionaries: Forward thinkers pushing to realize the promises of the future

Politicos: Public officials leveraging their positions to further business development

Fresh Faces: Newcomers to Central Massachusetts with refreshing perspectives and ideas

Inner Circle: Long-time players who continue to have a significant role in new developments

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