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Local Woman Joins Muse/ique Board

Barbara Franks Bice

Longtime local resident Barbara Franks Bice has been appointed to the board of directors at Muse/ique, a Pasadena-based pioneering live music organization which holds a summer events series at The Huntington.
The board, chaired by philanthropist LeeAnn Havner, provides leadership in carrying out Muse/ique’s mission of making music accessible to all through adventurous and meaningful programming, an effort continued throughout the pandemic with drive-in concerts, lawn serenades, and “In a Minute! (…or Two!)” video series, which recently surpassed 100 episodes.
Also joining the board are Christine Swanson and Jonathan Weedman.
“To serve as chair of Muse/ique’s board of directors is to be part of an inspiring and passionate team,” said Havner. “With much enthusiasm, we welcome to the board our newest members — Barbara Franks Bice, Chirstine Swanson and Jonathan Weedman — all of whom bring a breadth of experience and expertise that will help bring to fruition Muse/ique’s adventurous plans for the future.”
Franks Bice is the president of the Bice Passavant Foundation, vice president of Five B Investment Company, and a philanthropist interested in the arts, scouting and social-emotional learning. She is a former educator with the San Marino Unified School District, having spent 20 years in the district as an AP English teacher, founding director of the Career Education Program and the Career Center at San Marino High School, and founding executive director of the San Marino Schools Foundation. In higher education, she served on the Scripps College board for 13 years and has served on the boards of the Sycamores, L.A. Family Housing, and Queens Care Health Alliance. Additionally, she served on the board of the Western Justice Center in Pasadena, and currently serves on its Leadership Council. She also served as an advisor to the Public Interest Law Foundation of the Gould School of Law, which is now named after her. (Barbara’s husband, Scott Bice, is an alumnus of the Gould School of Law, where he has taught for more than 50 years and served as dean from 1980-2000.) Barbara was also the first woman member of the Rotary Club of San Marino and served as a founding board chair of True Connection, which promotes social awareness and provides emotional intelligence education to children and adults.
Led by Founder and Artistic Director Rachael Worby, Muse/ique is a dynamic, nonprofit performing arts organization that creates exhilarating live music adventures, including Around Town, Summer at the Huntington, and Offstage. For further information, visit muse-ique.com.

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