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Reimagining Remain: Cecil Barron Jensen brings an artist’s touch to ReMain Nantucket as executive director

N Magazine (August 29, 2019) — When Melissa Philbrick retired from her post as the longtime executive director of ReMain Nantucket last year, she left some big shoes to fill. Under her watch, Philbrick helped ReMain founder Wendy Schmidt actualize a vision of revitalizing Nantucket’s downtown and supporting its year-round economy through a wide range of strategic real estate investments, community initiatives and business creations. Taking over for Philbrick was Cecil Barron Jensen, who previously had spent a decade as executive director of the Artists Association of Nantucket. Now exactly a year since taking the role, Barron Jensen spoke to N Magazine about the future challenges facing Nantucket’s historic downtown, ReMain’s newest initiatives, and what an artist’s touch will bring to one of Nantucket’s most influential nonprofits.


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