The Flavor Continues
Brian Lim (he/him) Co-Founder & Operations Director
Brian Lim, artist name Brian Pistols, stepped into the Breaking scene at ten years old. Fast forward two decades and his journey would find him as a multi-faceted resource in the Massachusetts Breaking community, whether it was practicing the craft for the love of it, competing, performing, organizing, hosting, judging, or teaching.
Brian has won competitions both on a local and national level most recently the Absolute Skills USA Tour Finals in 2018 and Cypher Cup in San Jose, California in 2019. He has also appeared at the prestigious Red Bull BC One, considered a global industry standard for elite Breaking competitors in 2011, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019 in Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, Boston again, and Philadelphia respectively, making him easily recognized in the Breaking community throughout various areas of the country and abroad.
His ongoing community work since then would eventually be recognized by Next Level USA, sponsored by Meridian International and the US Department of State, where he served as an Artist-Educator, Hip Hop Diplomat, and Cultural Ambassador teaching Breaking in Russia in the summer of 2019. In 2020, he would be the recipient of the first ever Teknyc B-Boy/B-Girl Scholarship in partnership with the United Hip Hop Vanguard, a grassroots crowdfunded scholarship awarded to one person in the USA for upholding the cultural values and integrity of Breaking culture.
Today, Brian serves as a Co-Founder, Operations Director, and Artist-Mentor at The Flavor Continues (TFC), Massachusetts’ first and only community-led nonprofit organization serving Street and Club dance communities, established in 2019; to learn more about TFC and what they are up to, follow them at @theflavorcontinues on social media or visit www.theflavorcontinues.org.
Jinyi Duan (they/them) Co-Founder & Executive Director, The Flavor Continues
Jinyi started their dance journey in San Diego at the age of 20 with choreography. Their first introduction into the street and club dance cultures was through House dance, immediately falling in love with it for the history, community, and individuality it offered. It was the first space they felt that they actually belonged. The community challenged them to be a better version of themself each day and offered a safe space when they couldn’t find any. It gave them a pathway, mentors, and other likeminded individuals. The more they got involved in it, the more they became convinced that we have the blueprint to society in the future. All this drove them to co-found The Flavor Continues. Achievements and participation: Paul Ambrose Scholars 2019, Institute of Nonprofit Core Certificate 2022, Harvard Business School x ACOM, GivingTuesday, Creative Community Fellows: New England, 585 Advisory Board.
Catherine T. Morris (she/her) Founder & Executive Director
A mother, entrepreneur, and visionary, who works at the intersection of arts, culture and creative placekeeping. Over the last 20 years, Catherine has spent her time and energy producing shows, as well as mobilizing and engaging local audiences to experience the arts.
Catherine has been a presenter, panelist and moderator with SPARK Boston, Podcast Garage, Berklee College of Music, Emerson College, Northeastern University, Simmons University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Museum of Fine Arts. She is a 2018 National Art Strategies Creative Community Fellow (The Barr Foundation), and has served on grant review panels for the Cambridge Arts Council, The Lewis Prize for Music, and the Boston Neighborhood Fellowship (The Boston Foundation).
Catherine is an alumna of Temple University School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management in Philadelphia, PA, and received her Masters of Science from Simmons University (Boston, MA). It is Catherine’s hope that BAMS Fest becomes a pipeline to Boston’s arts and culture ecosystem and creative economy in a manner that minimizes implicit bias, closes the racial wealth gap, inspires hope, and positively impacts the livelihoods of future creatives.
Tim Hall (he/him) Collaborating Artist & Former Core Team Member
Tim Hall is an educator, artist, and entrepreneur, from Detroit, MI, who now resides in Boston, MA. He began playing alto saxophone at the age of 10. In college, Hall found poetry and used this form of creative expression to share his thoughts on paper. Tim Hall draws inspiration from his lived experiences – charting the nuances of blackness, masculinity, and the beauties of life.
As a musician, Hall has shared stages with world-renowned recording artists such as The Nappy Roots, Carolyn Malachi, Bilal, Chris Turner, and Aloe Blacc. His poetry has been heard at Boston’s Hub Week, The Museum of Fine Arts, Berklee College of Music, Outside the Box Festival, Bridgin’ Gaps Festival, and many other venues and poetry slam communities around the Boston/Greater Boston area.
Hall currently works at Berklee College of Music as the Assistant Director of the Career Center, is the co-owner of HipStory – a digital media production company dedicated to creating and showcasing the work of marginalized identities within media, and Events Coordinator for BAMSFest. Additionally, Tim can be found performing with local artists Cliff Notez, Oompa, VQnC, and Will Dailey, as well as session and work-for-hire opportunities. Most recent, he was nominated for “Session Musician of the Year” by the 2018 Boston Music Awards. Tim Hall’s work can be found in his self-produced spoken word EP entitled Colors Of My Soul, and in his self-published book titled Trust The Process, both of which released in 2016.
Pao Arts Center/Asian Community Development Corporation
Cynthia Woo (she/her) Director, Pao Arts Center, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Cynthia has been the inaugural Pao Arts Center Director at BCNC since Jan 2017. She has more than fifteen years of experience in the non-profit arts, and arts education sector. Prior to joining the staff at BCNC, Cynthia worked at the Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles, LynnArts Inc, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Boston Center for the Arts.
Lily Xie (she/her) Artist, Residence Lab Co-Facilitator
Lily Xie is a Chinese-American artist and educator whose socially-engaged work explores desire, memory, and self-actualization for communities of color. In collaboration with local residents and grassroots organizers, she facilitates creative projects with a focus on public space, housing, and racial justice. The work they create together often takes the form of illustration, print media, video, and installation. Most recently, she was a member of the inaugural cohort of Radical Imagination for Racial Justice, a program from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the City of Boston. Lily is part of New England Foundation for the Arts’ Creative City 2020 cohort for artists creating socially-engaged public art, and has been awarded grants from The Boston Foundation’s Live Arts Boston program, the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture Transformative Public Art, NEFA’s Public Art for Spatial Justice, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Transmedia Storytelling Initiative. Lily’s work has been displayed at the Boston Center for the Arts, Pao Arts Center, Weisner Gallery, and Unbound Visual Arts.
Jeena Chang (she/her) Director of Community Programs & Design, ACDC
Jeena Chang is the Director of Community Programs & Design at Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC). Her role is to build power among residents, especially working-class youth and immigrant families, to shape Boston’s Chinatown and Malden. She leads ACDC’s placekeeping strategy to translate “soft power” (arts and culture) into “hard power” (land use, financial investment, political power). Jeena first joined ACDC in 2014 as a youth worker…although she was often mistaken for a youth. She explores how artmaking heals social amnesia in public spaces and extends Chinatown’s footprints to counter cultural erosion and rapid displacement along the edges of the neighborhood.