Busy Graham


Founder of Class Acts Arts

Busy has devoted the past three decades to education and the arts. Born and raised in Wisconsin, her family moved to the D.C. area when her father was hired as Sargent Shriver's deputy director at the Peace Corps. Busy graduated with a degree in Music and French from the University of Vermont after work and study abroad in Europe and North Africa. She taught at Carolina Friends School and was the director of Arthur Morgan School in Celo, North Carolina before beginning her career in arts management and administration.

In 1985, Busy founded Five Corners Music, a national artist management agency. From 1995-1998, she served as Executive Director of the Institute of Musical Traditions, and founded Class Acts Arts as an educational and community outreach project of IMT. Within a short time, Class Acts branched off to become an independent non-profit, earning a reputation as one of the most respected arts organizations in the mid-Atlantic region. During her tenure as founding director, Busy launched numerous initiatives including Project Youth ArtReach (serving youth in correctional settings), Hoop & Holler for Health (arts-based programs in the schools, promoting better health and nutrition), Carpe Diem Choral Arts Residency Project, and several public performance series: Kaleidoscope Family Performance Series, Jump Start with the Arts (for pre-school age children), plus the Arts Alive Series in collaboration with Montgomery College.

In 2006, Busy received a Certificate of Honor from the Smithsonian Discovery Theater for a "Legacy of 20 Years of Excellence in Service to the Art and Education of Young People." In 2004, she received the Community Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities at the Montgomery County Executive's Ball for the Arts. Busy is currently working as a consultant to numerous non-profit arts and social service organizations in Montgomery County and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and serves on the board of several arts-based organizations.