2015 Seattle Speakers

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Keynote Speakers

Monica Ponce de Leon, AIA
Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan; Vice Chair, Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities; Principal, MPdL Studio

Monica Ponce de Leon, AIA, was appointed Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning of University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in September, 2008. In 1991, she co-founded Office dA and in 2011 launched her own design practice; Monica Ponce de Leon Studio. Dean Ponce de Leon received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1989 from the University of Miami and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1991. She joined the Harvard Graduate School of Design faculty in 1996, where she was a Professor of Architecture and the Director of the Digital Lab. She has also held teaching appointments at Northeastern University, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design and Georgia Institute of Technology among others. She has received honors from the Architectural League of New York (Young Architects Award, 1997, and Emerging Voices, 2003) the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Award in Architecture, 2002), the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper- Hewitt National Design Museum (National Design Award in Architecture, 2007), and the United States Artists (Target Fellows in Architecture and Design, 2007). Her practice has received over 60 design awards including the AIA’s Institute Honor Award for Architecture (Macallen Building, 2010), Honor Award for Design Excellence, AIA New York Chapter (200 West Street Project Team (including Office dA), 2010), Wallpaper Design Awards Best New Restaurant (Banq, 2009), the AIA/LA Design Award (Helios House, 2007), the AIA/ALA Library Building Award (Fleet Library at RISD, 2007), the AIA/Committee on the Environment’s Top Ten Green Projects (Macallen Building, 2008), five I.D Magazine Annual Design Review Awards and eight Progressive Architecture Awards.

Jeff Poulin
Arts Education Program Director
Americans for the Arts

Americans for The Arts, Headshots, September 9, 2014, Washington, DC by Rodney Choice/www.choicephotography.com

Americans for The Arts, Headshots, September 9, 2014, Washington, DC choicephotography.com

Jeff M. Poulin joined Americans for the Arts as the Arts Education Program Coordinator in 2013. He works to empower local, state and federal advocates to advance policies supportive of arts education through communications, field education, and strategic partnerships.

Before arriving in D.C., Jeff worked for several nonprofit and commercial organizations in the US and abroad focused primarily in production and programming, audience development, research and policy. Notably, he was a chief advisor on the implementation of the first national Arts in Education Charter under the directions of the Ministers of Arts and Education in the Republic of Ireland. Jeff frequently speaks at a number of nonprofit organizations and universities.

Jeff hails from Portland, Maine and holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Business from Oklahoma City University.


Workshop and Concurrent Session Presenters

Kim Alessi

Kim Alessi, Teaching Artist, EMP Museum, is a music and technology educator and writer, with curriculum published at Common Sense Media, Apple Computer, Smithsonian Institution, NW Folklife, Seattle International Children’s Festival, and Seattle Schools.  She specializes in creative technology and world music education, and believes in the benefits of curriculum integration and making lessons relevant to every learner.


Jon ArtigoJon Artigo, Cinematic Arts Chair, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, CA: With over twenty years of experience in the film and television industry, Jon has written and directed numerous award winning feature films, television pilots, short films, and episodic shorts. Some of Jon’s feature film credits include: Writer/Co-Director of Freedom Park, Director of Still Green, Writer/Director of Boyband, and Writer Director of Deadly Retreat. Jon currently serves as the chair of the Cinematic Arts department at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), where he teaches a full load of film courses, including screenwriting, editing, and directing. He also spent three years teaching film production at Inner-City Arts in downtown Los Angeles. Holding a BA from San Francisco State University, Jon is currently working toward his MFA in Film Production from Cal State LA. Jon, whose work has been featured at numerous film festivals, including the HBO Comedy Arts Festival, ran a popular improv comedy school in Hollywood called Slap my Improv. Jon studied at the highly acclaimed Improv Olympic in Chicago.

TomBakerTom Baker, Interim Chair, Music Department, Cornish College of the Arts, has been active as a composer, performer and music producer in the new-music scene since arriving in Seattle in 1994. He is the artistic director of the Seattle Composers’ Salon, co-founder of the Seattle EXperimental Opera (SEXO), and an advisory board member of the Washington Composers’ Forum. Baker’s works have been performed throughout the United States, Canada and in Europe. His two most recent chamber operas, The Gospel of the Red-Hot Stars (2006) and Hunger: The Journey of Tamsen Donner (2008), were both premiered by the Seattle EXperimental Opera and are available on the Present Sounds label. Baker has received numerous accolades for his work including awards and grants from Meet The Composer, the Seattle Arts Commission, King County Arts Commission, Artist Trust, and Jack Straw Productions. He was also awarded a fellowship in 2006 as an associate artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, where he spent three weeks working with composer and saxophonist Henry Threadgill.

In 2011, Baker was chosen to be a resident artist at the Montalvo Center in Saratoga, CA, where he completed the first in a series of ten quartets based on a book of stories by Italo Calvino. As a guitarist (on both fretted and unfretted instruments), Baker has appeared in concerts and recitals throughout the United States including Seattle, San Francisco and New York, as well as in The Netherlands. Baker earned his DMA in Composition from the University of Washington, where he studied composition with Chinary Ung, William O. Smith, and John Rahn. His music has been recorded on several labels, including Rosewood Recordings, Acoustic Levitation, Present Sounds Recordings, and Engine Records.

Steve Barsotti, Sound Artist and Adjunct Faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, is a Seattle based improviser, sound artist, and educator whose work explores notions of reduced listening through close examinations of easily bypassed sonic details; sounds that can only be heard through contact microphones and amplification or the sonic qualities of materials and objects found in everyday life. He invites the listener to forgo an attempt at literal connections with the sounds and to focus on the sounds in and of themselves.

Steve has been teaching audio technology and sound art for over 20 years. He has taught in a variety of settings including workshops through community organizations, and college level courses. His courses have covered a wide range of topics including basic audio production skills, instrument invention, improvising with field recordings and invented instruments, sound design, and electronic music techniques. He was the Academic Director for the Audio Production Program at the Art Institute of Seattle for 10 years where he was the primary architect for the rollout of a Bachelor of Science in Audio Design Technology. He is currently adjunct faculty at the Art Institute of Seattle and Cornish College of the Arts.

He is an original member of the Seattle Phonographers Union, a group of field recording wielding improvisers, and has been responsible for many of the group’s activities. The Union is described as “moving beyond habitual experience of sound and uncover what is foreign in the familiar and familiar about the foreign; to explore what we hear and relearn what we know” They have been performing together for thirteen years.

Matthew Beall, PVA Events & Extended Day Teacher Specialist, Anne Arundel County Public Schools
bio coming soon…

Karen Bennett, Vice Principal, Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts (ASIA North Poplar)
bio coming soon…

Jeff BriceJeff Brice, Chair, Design Department, Cornish College of the Arts: Jeff Brice’s research interests focuses on illustrating the relations between and within concepts and the visualizations of abstract thought. These illustrations are communicated through a variety of media including print graphics, game engine software, 3d modeling and transmedia storytelling. Jeff’s interest in interactive storytelling first appeared in Fractal Fields and Fairytales published on CD and sold through Printed Matter store in NYC. Since the early 80s Jeff has been involved with global telematic art exchanges including Aspects of Gaia, Digital Paths Across the Globe, Earth Day 90’ Global Network and Impromptu, Text, Bombs and Videotape: Journeys into the Zone. His technology based work and prints have been shown at the Holographic Film Festival, NY, High Museum, Atlanta, GA, The Robert Allman Gallery, Seattle, WA, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA, Linda Cannon Gallery, Seattle, WA, Kirkland Art Museum, Kirkland, WA, Ninth Prix Arts Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria, BItmovie, Bologna, Italy, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Microsoft 12th Annual print Exhibition, Society of Illustrators, NY, SF Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, Museum of Technology, Cleveland Oh, National Academy of Science Collection, Washington, DC., The tenth annual Ars Electronica Festival, Linz Austria. Qualifications: Parsons School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University, BFA, New York Institute of Technology, MA

Kelli Brown IACSKelli Brown currently works at the Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa, Idaho as a dance educator where she has been a staff member for nine years. She is an adjunct professor for Boise State University and the Artistic Director of the professional modern dance company, Off Center Dance. Ms. Brown has an MA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach and an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. This last summer Ms. Brown received a Fund For Teachers Fellowship where she studied Spanish Language and Flamenco Dance in Granada, Spain. Other awards include grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, Boise Arts and History AiR fellowship, a Surdna Foundation Educator Fellowship and two Teacher Fellowships through the Bates Dance Festival. Ms. Brown was also awarded NW Dance Educator of the Year in 2009. Ms. Brown has choreographed professionally for companies including Off Center Dance, Idaho Dance Theater, Drop Dance Collective and the Boise Dance Co-op. She has also completed a dance residency at the University of Texas, PanAmerica.

Kim BrunoKim Bruno, has been a nationally renowned arts educator for 25 years. She was the Founding Performing Arts Director of Professional Performing Arts School in New York City prior to becoming the Principal of Fiorello LaGuardia High School (aka the FAME school). During her twelve year tenure at LaGuardia, the school was recognized by US News and World Report as one of America’s Best High Schools; honored by NFAA for producing more YoungArts talent search winners in dance than any other high school in the nation; and earned an American Theatre Wing Award for Excellence in Education and for support of the American theatre community. Ms. Bruno is currently the Executive Artistic Director of Grand Arts High School in Los Angeles, California.

lyall bushLyall Bush, Film + Media Program Leader, Cornish College of the Arts​: is a writer, editor, teacher, producer, and former executive director of Richard Hugo House. From 2008 to 2015 he was executive director of Northwest Film Forum, Seattle’s premiere film arts center. Bush has written personal essays, feature essays, and reviews for a variety of publications, including The Iowa Review, Film Comment, MovieMaker, The Seattle Times, The Stranger, and Cinema Studies Journal. His writing has been featured on the National Public Radio station KUOW 94.9 and at Bumbershoot (Seattle’s music and arts festival). His book and film recommendations were a regular feature on Art Zone, hosted by Nancy Guppy. In 2006, he was selected by The Stranger as “One to Watch” in its annual Genius awards.Bush has taught film and film history for two decades and is the executive producer of What She’s Having, a show about food.​

gerald clarkeGerald Clarke is the Visual Arts Department Chair at Idyllwild Arts Academy and teaches classes in sculpture and new media.   Previously, Gerald served as an Assistant Professor of Art at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.

In addition to his teaching duties, he has exhibited his work at a variety of venues throughout the country and abroad. In 2007, Gerald was awarded an Eiteljorg Museum Fellowship for Native American Fine Art.

Personal Statement: “I have experienced much of what is good and bad about contemporary Native existence. The fact that I am still here is both a miracle and a blessing.”

karen cogdillKaron Cogdill joined the faculty at Booker T. Washington in 1976. She currently teaches Acting, Improv Acting, Monologue Study, PostWar American Scene study, Speech/Portfolio, and is Co-Director of the Mime Troupe. She has a BA in Theatre from the State University of New York at Fredonia, which included a year of study at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre in Manchester, England. During that time she was a member of the Stables Theater Company and performed in seven different productions. She has an MFA from Trinity University through the Dallas Theater Center. While in graduate school, she began working at Booker T. Washington. In 2001 she was a Surdna Fellow and studied Mask Making and Mask Performing at the Dell Arte International School of Physical Theatre and with professional mask maker and artist Juanita Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2002-2003. In 2008, she became Coordinator of the Theatre Cluster. She is on the Executive Board of the Rotunda Theater and serves as an actor and director with that theater.

conraths_nicola_0 Nicola Conraths-Lange, director of Comparative Arts at Interlochen Arts Academy, has extensive experience in a wide range of artistic collaborations. A dancer by training, Nicola is also a choreographer and author. Greco-Roman antiquity, mythology and culture, and the role of ritual in everyday life, are important influences from her Italian childhood that continue to shape Conraths-Lange’s work as an artistic director and educator. At the heart of much of her work is an interest in intercultural exchange as a vehicle for evolution and understanding between artists and humanity. Conraths-Lange’s interest in education has lead to research projects and presentations at conferences in Singapore, Europe, Israel, and New Zealand. Her work on communication for gifted dancers was published in the Journal for Performing Arts Medicine & Science and most recently, she developed a model for successful collaboration, the Creativity and Collaboration Continuum, with her mentor and friend Dr. Kedrik Merwin.

In the 2013-14 academic year, she was granted a sabbatical leave and spent the year circumnavigating the globe, watching performances and studying Ohad Naharin’s innovative movement language, GAGA, in Israel.

Conraths-Lange holds degrees in communications, psychology and theater arts from Eastern Michigan University

Lara Davis

Lara Davis, Arts Education Program Manager, City of Seattle, has been active in youth development and community arts education for more than a decade. She has served as a Seattle arts commissioner and as program director for Arts Corps, an award winning Seattle-based youth arts organization. As arts education manager for the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Lara is the City’s representative for the Creative Advantage, a public/private partnership to ensure equitable access to high quality arts learning for all Seattle students. Lara serves on the National Advisory Committee for the Teaching Artists Guild, and facilitates equity and racial justice trainings for teaching artists, educators and organizations, presenting locally and at national conferences. As a person of color, Lara understands the value of cross-cultural, multi-sector efforts to dismantle racism and other oppressions, and to promote justice. As an artist and arts administrator, she knows firsthand the power of creativity necessary to build access, foster engagement, transform communities, and inspire systemic change.

photoBrian Devine, Assistant Director of Dance, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Co-Director, Repertory Dance Company I: Brian Devine is a summa cum laude graduate of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Ohio State University. In addition he became a certified Pilates instructor in 2006.

Born in Tucson, AZ, Mr. Devine began dancing at the age of ten. He continued his training during his four years of high school at Interlochen Arts Academy.

As a professional dancer, Mr. Devine has had the privilege of performing with companies in the Pacific Northwest, Northeast and Ohio. He has performed the works of David Dorfman, Luis Fuente, Jose Limon, Wade Madsen, Mark Morris, Sarah Slipper, and Deborah Wolf. His own choreography has been performed throughout the United States and most recently in the Midwest.

Mr. Devine was on Faculty at St. Paul’s School (SPS) in Concord, New Hampshire from 2007 to 2010. While at SPS he taught all levels of dance and served as Ballet Master for the St. Paul’s School Ballet Company.

His current creative research is centered on choreography where his focus lies in the evolution of site dance. Mr. Devine continues to explore multiple ideas related to ballet, pedagogy and methods of training today’s dancers for the rapid and ever changing world of dance.


Kristen Farr, Arts Education Manager & Art School Producer, KQED Public Media:  Kristin Farr is an artist, journalist and media producer for KQED, San Francisco’s Public Media station. She is the creator and producer of KQED’s Emmy-winning Art School video series, which is made for a student audience and features interviews and hands-on video lessons by professional artists, as well as videos that help students understand key techniques and ideas related to the arts. Kristin has led professional learning workshops for educators since 2005, helping them to integrate contemporary art and media into their teaching practice, and make their classrooms more creative and engaging. She is currently producing an E-Book for KQED about the 7 Elements of Visual Art.

David Flatley

David A. Flatleythe executive director of the Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) at Columbia College Chicago, has over 15 years experience in developing and implementing educational and intercultural initiatives to improve teacher practice and student achievement and affect whole-school change. His work supports both national and international groups, including the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Educational Authority as they work to replicate the arts integration model developed by Flatley and his team through the Chicago Teacher’s Center in the 1990s. This relationship is now being transferred and formalized through Columbia. He was instrumental in advancing the work of arts integration in the city through his work with the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Prior to delving into arts education, he worked in development and management with the Cincinnati Ballet, the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, and Pegasus Players Theatre in Chicago. He has an MA in arts administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BS in business administration from the University of Illinois-Champaign. Flatley received his practitioner’s certification in intercultural communications through the Intercultural Communications Institute in Portland, OR in 2001. He currently serves on the Americans for the Arts’ Arts Education Council, the Illinois Federation for Community Schools Board, the Arts Schools Network Board, and the CAPE Advisory Board. He is a jazz pianist and writer.

BSA C FORD head shotChris Ford is the Director of the Baltimore School for the Arts, an urban, pre-professional arts high school serving 400 high school students and 700 pre-high school students. The school is in its 36th year and offers focused training to young dancers, musicians, actors, stage designers and visual artists. Chris has had a lengthy connection to BSA, beginning as its initial saxophone teacher in 1981. He later led the music program before being named the fourth director of the school in 2011.

Chris’s training includes study at the University of Texas at Austin (B.M.), Bowling Green State University (M.M.) and the University of Maryland at College Park (D.M.A.). He was also awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship to pursue studies at the Conservatoire National de Bordeaux with saxophonist Jean-Marie Londeix. He also was presented at the Carnegie Recital Hall as a winner of the East-West Artists prize.

Chris’s work at BSA has revolved around a desire to provide the most relevant arts education possible.   The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) has provided important data and context to this work. Chris has served on the SNAAP National Advisory Board for 4 years.

DawnGavinDawn Gavin, Interim Chair, Visual Arts, Cornish College of the Arts: Dawn Gavin’s research practice is studio-centered, producing works on paper, installations and digital works, with research outcomes realized principally through exhibitions. Gavin’s research focuses on contemporary drawing as dynamic and shifting practice, located at the nexus between other media possibilities, and from which the definition of drawing can be expanded beyond its conventional definitions. Visual documents are appropriated and amended, and through a combined process of alteration, isolation and dissection, the assimilation of these materials correspondingly embodies the dual attributes of presence and absence, antecedent and latent possibility. Maps and systems of organization provide a framework from which to investigate the liminal space between places, and ephemeral outcomes are considered through impermanent installed wall works that seeks to investigate issues of loss, displacement and identity. Qualifications: BA (Hons) First Class, Drawing and Painting, School of Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design; MFA Fine Art / Public Art, School of Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design; MSc Electronic Imaging, School of Television and Electronic Imaging, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design

Goodhart PicGregg Goodhart, Music Teacher, Better Learning Through Neuroscience:  Brenda Brenner, associate professor in string music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Education calls his work, “Brilliant,” and Mary Kay Robinson, Lecturer at Duke University echo what many experience, “I have told countless people about the things that I learned – or heard with new ears. . . You were amazing!”

Gregg founded and directed the internationally renowned Servite High School Classical Guitar Program in Anaheim, California (video on his YouTube page) from 2000-2013. A deep interest in excellent teaching led to research in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience and psychology as it relates to all teaching and learning. After refining these ideas in the classroom he has found others are just as excited about these things as he is (he shares these at ggoodhart.com). He now works with faculty and students giving workshops and seminars nationally on the varied and involved subject of high-level skill acquisition, and how this information serves arts advocacy in surprising new ways.

He has received the ASTA Outstanding School Music Teacher award for Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and the Outstanding Contributions to Education from the Orange County Department of Education, and wonders where all of this will take him next.

Tinka Gutrick-Dailey, Adjunct Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts, began her training in New York City with the prestigious Harkness Ballet and went on to tour the world extensively in a number of Broadway shows as well as being principal/soloist with the American Dancemachine for 10 years. She has served as assistant to Lee Theodore and Agnes DeMille, and has worked with some of Broadways’ most notable choreographer/directors. She has taught Theatre Dance throughout the country including LA and NY’s High School for the Performing Arts. She continues to teach, study, and perform many different styles and techniques including, African, Brazilian, and East Indian and Cuban. Tinka currently is in her 14th year teaching at Cornish College for the Arts, where she has taught in both the Theater and Dance departments, and continues to teach master classes with PNB, Arc Dance Company and Spectrum Dance Theatre. As well as coaching and teaching for the 5th Avenue Theatre, in Seattle.

Donn K. Harris is the current Chairman of the California Arts Council (CAC) and the Executive and Artistic Director of Governor Jerry Brown’s Oakland School for the Arts. Harris was a Drama and Literature teacher prior to entering arts leadership and has also written five novels, available on lulu.com. His work in the CAC centers on bringing artists — with no loss of the unbridled creativity he highly values — into the larger world as provocateurs and entrepreneurs. ‘We need to be the ones shaking things up,’  Harris says. ‘We need to give people new perspectives on things, and creative tension is one of the portals to real growth.’

Angela HeidgerdAngela Heidgerd, Instructional Technology Teacher, Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School, has been an educator for over 20 years. Infusing technology within the curriculum has been her area of expertise since the onset of the internet as a classroom teacher. For the past 10 years she has taught Instructional Technology in an elementary magnet school with an arts integration theme. An area of focus over the past few years has been to empower students to use technology in creative pursuits. The use of technology for her and her students in collaborative arts integrated projects is commonplace. Last school year she was responsible for raising the percentage of students who chose a media art project as their submission to her school’s annual Arts Fair by 75%. Although a member of Art School’s Network for the past six years, this is her first ASN conference. She has presented at a number of technology conferences and is excited to co-present at this year’s ASN conference with the theme of Technology and the Arts!

Cheryll Hidalgo, Film Faculty, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, is the architect and teacher of Seattle Academy’s art-based video production program. A graduate of the School Of The Art Institute of Chicago, Cheryll brings a fine arts approach and sensibility to her goal of fostering the development of new media literacy skills through engaging with the tools of media production. Her beginning to advanced level classes are conducted with an eye toward posing “what if” questions that potentially break classic film making rules brought forward from the 20th century. Student films from the program garner local, national, and international awards in competition every year. In 2007, Cheryll was the artistic director of a grant funded, installation piece at the University of Washington. Titled “Constructing Childhood”, the installation brought together student videos, spoken word poetry, soundscapes, writings, photography, sculpture, and paintings in a computer controlled, performance cycle that discussed of the challenges, pressures, and pleasures of being a kid in the 21st century. Outside of SAAS, Cheryll has taught many youth film production workshops, and is an internationally known media educator, and professional editor, with credits on several shorts and feature length films, including the internationally acclaimed “The Brand Upon The Brain” by Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin.

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Christina Jenkins is the Director of the Orchestra Department at Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa, Idaho where she teaches both orchestra and electric orchestra to students in 5th – 12th grade. She started the orchestra program five years ago and has developed it into a well-respected and award winning program that has performed in several states. Prior to her appointment at Idaho Arts Charter School, Ms. Jenkins taught private music lessons, performed with community orchestras and ensembles and worked with recording artists. Ms. Jenkins’ research and areas of teaching focus are in musical technique and performance, leadership and interdisciplinary collaboration. Ms. Jenkins started the Electric Rock Orchestra (ELRO) three years ago as a way to allow students to express themselves artistically and grow musically in a non-traditional way; it has also brought modern relevancy to stringed instrument playing. This group has become very sought after for community performances and has been used as a model for other electric string programs.

image003Andrew Laue is Associate Director for Fine Arts Admissions at Webster University in St. Louis, MO. He oversees recruitment coordination for the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, which includes marketing outreach, strategic planning, summer programs, and facilitation of the audition and portfolio review process. He is a regular presenter at the local, state, and national level on the topic of best practices in the college search process for students interested in the fine and performing arts. This includes organizations such as The College Board, IECA, NACAC, and various state and regional ACAC affiliates. In addition, he is the City Representative for the NACAC St. Louis Performing and Visual Arts College Fair, held at Webster each fall.



Maralee Lincoln, Kristy Kaye, Krista Rutschmann, Krista Lanigan, Chelaine Neufeldt, Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts (ASIA) North Poplar:  Maralee Lincoln and her colleagues will be presenting as a group, and have worked at Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts (ASIA) for a number of years.  The group has a wealth of knowledge from years of teaching collaboratively together.  They consistently integrate the fine and performing arts through all subject matter, as well as create grade group presentations with their students to display their learning through art.  All members of this pod have completed post-graduate work which includes expertise in the fine and performing arts, and 21st century learning models.  Chelaine Neufeldt and Maralee Lincoln are practicing visual artists who find their inspiration from a variety of sources and medium.   Maralee works primarily with paint and performance art; Chelaine works with paint and plays multiple instruments.  Krista Lanigan is a vocalist and musician who performs at a variety of venues.  Krista Rutschmann is involved in a number of theatrical opportunities and enjoys scriptwriting for children.  Kristy Kaye is a talented dancer and choreographs movement within the community.   This unique group collaborates in their professional lives as well as in their artistic capacities.

mitzi lizarragaMitzi Yates Lizàrraga is the Principal of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). She is the former Principal of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, the former Principal and CEO of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Washington, D.C.), the former General Director of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and the Center for Creative Youth, both programs of the Capitol Region Education Council in Central Connecticut. Mrs. Lizarraga served on The John F. Kennedy Center’s Advisory Community Board. She also served in numerous board leadership roles with Arts Schools Network including President and Past President. Mitzi also served on the boards of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Hartford Ballet. She was awarded the Administrator of the Year by the San Diego Theatre Educators Alliance in 2013. In 2006, she received the Jeffrey Lawrence Award presented by Arts Schools for her uncompromising commitment to excellence in arts education and arts training. In 2004, she received a Washington Post & Italian Embassy Fellowship to Italy; and in 2003 she was a recipient of a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship to Japan. She is a contributing writer of Choosing The Right Educational Path For Your Child published by Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 as well as a contributing writer in Admissions and Governance at the Ellington School, Planning an Arts-Centered School, published by The Dana Foundation, 2002. She earned a Master of Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University (Connecticut) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University Tisch School of the Arts (NYC). She completed her studies for a California Administrative Credential from the University of San Diego.

Stefanie Malone, Executive Director, National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), is an award-winning producer and currently at the helm of NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth) and NFFTY Creative. NFFTY is the world’s largest film festival for emerging directors, supporting the work of those 24 years and younger through a four-day film festival and year-round programming. NFFTY Creative is an original content production arm of NFFTY that have resulted in award-winning projects and include clients such as Expedia, vitaminwater®, KIND Health Snacks and more. Stefanie also boasts a long history with PBS, having worked for KCTS (Seattle) and WETA (Washington DC). During her Public Broadcasting tenure, Stefanie led national and local multimedia projects, which included television and web content as well as engagement strategies. Stefanie has her Master of Arts in Communication from Ohio University, where she was awarded a Public Broadcasting Fellowship. Outside of NFFTY, Stefanie enjoys making documentary films.

Una McAlindenUna McAlinden, Una McAlinden Consulting, Founder of the Principals’ Arts Leadership (PAL) program (Executive Director of ArtsEd Washington 2004-2014.  A former attorney, Una found a new calling in the field of arts education when her daughters entered kindergarten in a school that was largely devoid of the arts. Now the proud parent of two college students, Una continues to be passionately committed to building school and district capacity for the provision of arts learning to all students. Currently, she provides consulting services and facilitation design to schools, districts, and other organizations seeking creative, feasible, and sustainable ways to advance their goals.

Prior to the launch of her independent practice, Una served more than ten years as Executive Director of ArtsEd Washington. Taking a systems approach, Una developed programs and strategies that supported school leaders in building strong arts capacity and engaged the community in influencing policy-makers about the importance of arts for a complete education.

She served three years on the Network Leadership Committee for the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, also co-chairing their Advocacy Committee. Una has been honored with two state leadership awards in recognition of her efforts to advance K-12 arts education in Washington State. Her background includes a law career in Ireland and Scotland.

Screen Shot 2014-02-18 at 2.33.04 PMKedrik Merwin, D.M.A., has been director of music at Interlochen Center for the Arts since 2009. He has had a thirty-year career as an orchestral trombonist playing with the Augusta Symphony, Savannah Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Pops, Augusta Opera, and many other orchestras throughout the southeast.

He has taught trombone master classes in Portugal, Japan, China, Singapore and Norway. He has won awards for “experiential leadership” by North Carolina Outward Bound, and the Pam Smart award for “innovative and motivational teaching” from the Galloway School in Atlanta.

In partnership with his friend and colleague, Nicola Conraths-Lange, Dr. Merwin has been writing and presenting on the topic of creativity and collaboration, most recently, as a featured presenter at the Ireland International Conference on Education in the Spring of 2015.

Dr. Merwin holds the degrees D.M.A. in trombone performance from the Eastman School of Music, M.M. in trombone performance from Northwestern University, and B.M. in trombone performance from St. Olaf College.

Penny Miller, Teachers, Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts (ASIA North Poplar)
bio coming soon…

Dr. Ralph Opacic HeadshotRalph S. Opacic, Ed.D., President and Executive Director, Orange County School of the Arts
Dr. Ralph Opacic founded the award-winning Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) in 1987 and currently serves as President and Executive Director. Dr. Opacic is credited for assembling the finest arts and academic instructors in Southern California and for creating opportunities for young artists to develop their talents to their greatest potential. Widely awarded for his achievements in arts education, Dr. Opacic has been named a recipient of the prestigious Arts Schools Network Jeffrey Lawrence Award and Orange County Department of Education Outstanding Contribution to Education Award. Additionally, he has been named one of the top three executives in Orange County by the Orange County Register and Artistic Visionary by Arts Orange County. While under the leadership of Dr. Opacic, OCSA has received top honors and recognition for excellence in both arts and academic education. In the 2015 Niche Rankings for “Best Charter High Schools”, OCSA was ranked number one in the state of California. Dr. Opacic earned his bachelor of arts degree in music from California State University, Long Beach in 1981, a master of science degree in educational administration from National University in 1990, and a doctoral degree in education from University of Southern California in 1994.

Marly ParkerMarly Parker, Drama/Literacy Specialist, Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School.  Serving on numerous committees, Marly has been an active member of the Arts Schools Network . Using drama to connect curriculum with the arts has been her teaching style since she began working in the profession 20 years ago. She teaches at the elementary level. Marly has been nominated twice by her peers for the ASN Teacher of the Year award. She is a proud member and enjoys attending, presenting, networking and gaining new and fresh ideas every time she comes to an ASN conference!

Josh Parmenter, Composer and Software Developer, is composer and performer based in Tacoma, WA. He is also a senior interactive developer for Vectorform with a focus on iOS and mobile platforms.

Until 2013, Parmenter was a research artist in Computer Music and Composition at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington, Seattle. He completed his D.M.A. in Composition at the University of Washington in 2005, where he studied with Prof. Richard Karpen. He received his Master of Music in Composition in 2002 from the University of Washington. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied with Edwin Dugger and Jorge Liderman.

Parmenter’s music and research has been presented throughout the United States and Europe. He specializes in both acoustic and electro-acoustic music, especially music that combines performers with real-time electronics. An important part of his research has been in the development of real-time synthesis software as part of the SuperCollider open source project. He also uses the CSound and Common Music synthesis programs. Currently, his research is focused on extending the real-time analysis and performance tools in the SuperCollider programming language, as well as a suite of Ambisonic Unit Generators for sound spatialization.

Parmenter’s piece Organon Sostenuto for flute, bassoon, cello, double bass and live electronics was awarded the prize for outstanding composition from the Americas at ICMC 2007 in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2008, he completed his “Musical Changes”, a set of four pieces that explore crescendo, decrescendo, accelerando and ritardando The first piece “Cadence (III. Decrescendo) received its premiere in November 2005, and Concerto for Bass and Computer-realized Sound (II. Accelerando) was commissioned and performed in March, 2006 by bassist Kristjan Sigurleifsson.

Timothy McCuen Piggee, Core Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts.  In addition to teaching at Cornish, Timothy has taught classes for the Seattle Children’s Theatre, Freehold Studio Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre and served as artistic director of Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center Theatre Camp. As an actor, Timothy has appeared with the Denver Center Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage and Pioneer Theatre Company, among others. Northwest credits include roles at the 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Empty Space Theatre, Village Theatre, The Group Theatre and Seattle Children’s Theatre. Recently Timothy played the role of Belize in Angels in America and made his Broadway debut as Agent Bill Cod in Catch Me If You Can. Timothy has directed many productions at Cornish, including Hedda Gabler, The Laramie Project, Intimate Apparel, Urinetown: The Musical and most recently, The Secret Garden He received a BFA from the University of Utah and an MFA from The National Theatre Conservatory. In the fall of 2015, Timothy received the Sustained Achievement Award from Theater Puget Sound, recognizing his incredible commitment to the local theater community..


StarRushStar Rush, Associate Provost, Cornish College of the Arts: Star has served as faculty and administrator in higher education for 18. She has been a long-time faculty member at Cornish, having served previously as core faculty, and more recently, adjunct faculty in the Humanities & Sciences department, where she taught writing, research and literature. She was the founding director of the college’s Writing Center. Previously, Star was a member of the instructional leadership team responsible for strategic planning, curriculum and faculty development, fiscal management, strategic enrollment management, community engagement, and student success initiatives in liberal arts learning, first as Director of the Center for Liberal Arts, and then Dean of Arts & Humanities. From 1997-2003, Star served as the Assistant Director of Composition at Western Washington University. She earned her B.A. in English and M.A. in Literary Studies from Western Washington University.

She has presented at national conferences and to the Washington state legislature on the topics of Faculty and Student Learning Communities, Integrative Learning for Students in Basic Skills, and Global Education. Her programs have earned grants from the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program, and Humanities Washington. Star’s academic interests include pedagogy, visual literacy & rhetoric, and photography. She maintains a substantial on-line following of her mobile photography, which has been published and exhibited in Paris, London, Berlin, Barcelona, and the United States. She also writes cultural commentaries about the intersections of emerging social technologies, images, and community.

Stormy Sacks: Mr. Sacks is a Grammy Nominated composer/producer. He has conducted and written orchestrations for more than fifty symphony orchestras in North America and Japan and has composed the music for television shows, including “Hollywood Squares,” and the CBS Late Night series “Personals,” on which he appeared nightly. Mr. Sacks was the composer, orchestrator and Musical Director for Jimmy Nederlander’s “Lambchop on Broadway” and has been the Musical Director for dozens of productions.

Schmitt Andrew SMK_7573Andrew F. Schmitt is the Director of Information Technology at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He is responsible for all information technology applications, infrastructure and initiatives in support of the institution. One of these initiatives, a 1:1 student laptop program, was recently recognized by Apple as a distinguished program for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence.

Previously, Andrew was the Manager of Operations and architect of DocVelocity, which pioneered electronic mortgage documents throughout the financial services industry. In 2008, the company was awarded Product of the Year at the annual Mortgage Bankers Association Conference in San Francisco. Prior to launching DocVelocity, Andrew held key positions at Flagstar Bank Corporation, including being named Assistant Vice President of Lending Operations. He is a graduate of Penn State University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Information Science and Technology.

Andrew is married and lives with his wife, Beth, and their children, Grant and Ingrid, in Traverse City, Michigan.

MoiraScottPayneMoira Scott Payne, Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, joined Cornish College of the Arts in July, 2013. She was previously Programme Director of Art and Media, at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, in Dundee, Scotland. Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design is rated as the top art school in Scotland for both research and teaching. The Art and Media team covers three program pathways: Art Philosophy and Contemporary Practices, Fine Art and Time Based Art, and Digital Film, and two Masters Programs, Art Society and Publics, and Art and Humanities.

As Programme Director of Art and Media, Ms. Scott Payne has created a network of links with external and international arts organizations, and, in collaboration with Dundee Contemporary Arts, has run the DJCAD Speakers Programme for more than 10 years. Her recent academic papers given include an art /science collaboration that resulted in Drawing As An Act of Engagement published by the University of La Paz, and From the Tattoo Parlour to the Venice Biennale for NAFE, London and Sense and Sensibility, Department of Philosophy, Dundee University.

Liz Shepherd, Youth Programs Director, Northwest Film Forum, curates year-round family film programs and directs all youth educational programs at Northwest Film Forum. She is the the director of the annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle, the largest annual festival of its kind on the west coast. She is also the curator of REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival, which is held annually at Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theatre in Los Angeles, and she has curated programs for the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York, for Asia Society Texas, The New Museum (New York), Asheville International Children’s Film Festival (North Carolina), the August Wilson Center for African American Culture (Pennsylvania), ArtsEmerson (Massachusetts) and many other venues in the United States. Before arriving in Seattle, she was the director of Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. She has served on the juries and panels of children’s film festivals in Brazil, China, Korea, Macedonia, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, India, and Egypt.

Bonnie Showers

Bonnie Showers, Curator of Education & Interpretive Services at EMP Museum, since 2011 has been instrumental to the evolution and implementation of education programming, empowering EMP to move fluidly between the museum and the community creating meaningful relationships with community organizations, schools, students, and teachers. She initiated in-school Teaching Artists residencies in language arts and STEM classrooms, empowering students to express their ideas and unique voice through the power of the arts. With her initiation of 21st century-skills arts-based training for educators, over 300 teachers yearly are building skills, knowledge and capacities to integrate STEM discipline-infused Arts learning for their students in the classroom.

Prior to helming participatory education at EMP, she had been a professional theatre director internationally for over twenty years, teaching her trademark voice and body work at universities and performing arts centers. As Program Manager of Bainbridge Island Arts Education Consortium, Ms. Showers was awarded the Community Leadership Award by Washington’s Association of School Administrators in 2009. As Education Director for Seattle International Children’s Festival she created award winning school and youth programs to directly interface with international performing artists for deeply rewarding cultural exchange.

Kim_Smith_nfmaaKimberly Stone Smith has been a teacher at North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts for 9 years. This Lee County Golden Apple recipient has taught several grade levels at NFMAA before finding her niche in Elementary Drama and Middle School Language Arts. Committed to Arts Integration for student success, Kim has been an advocate for bringing the arts into all disciplines. Together with her colleagues shared commitment to the arts, NFMAA has become a model for the School District of Lee County. Kim graduated from Barry University in Miami with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Reading.

Susan_Sommer_nfmaaSusan Sommer, been teaching at North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts for 34 years and the transition from manual typewriters to state of the art computers with industry standard software has allowed her the opportunity to have students create award winning designs.  North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts has many productions open to the public and her design students are responsible for creating all marketing, playbills, photos, and any other necessary publications for the success of the production.  In addition to creating the documents needed for our school, her students also compete in local and state competitions where they have received many high honors including best in state for Publicity and Marketing (Junior Thespian) in 2012, 2014 and 2015.  For the past two years the executive director from Florida Alliance for the Arts Education has requested the logos needed for their yearly Leadership Summit be designed by Susan’s advanced students. She is a graduate from Buffalo State College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business and Marketing Education.

Karen Steele

Karen E. H. Steele, Principal, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology brings 26 years of experience and a deep commitment to innovative education methods and practices that promote talent, equity, diversity, and excellence. Ms. Steele came to Baltimore County Public Schools in 1993 to help design and open BCPS’s first magnet schools. In 2000 she came to Carver Center as Assistant Principal and became Principal in 2006. Integrated arts instruction and cross-disciplinary experiences advance student learning, allowing Carver Center to win acclaim for its programs, students, and faculty including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Schools of Excellence in the Arts Education Award and the ASN Exemplary Arts School.

Ms. Steele is co-author of Education, Social Ecology, and Urban Ecosystems with Examples from Baltimore, Maryland in Understanding Urban Ecosystems: A New Frontier for Science and Education and was a member of the NAfMe Teacher Evaluation Task Force for the publication Workbook for Building and Evaluating Effective Music Education in the School Ensemble, Instruction Manual. Ms. Steele served on the board of directors of Magnet Schools of America from 2008-2014, and has served on the U.S. Department of Education Magnet High School Advisory Group and Maryland State Department of Education Fine Arts Education Advisory Panel.

Leah StillmanLeah Stillman has been a band director for the last 17 years in both New York State and Connecticut. She is currently the instrumental music and arts technology teacher at the Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School in New London, CT. In her current role, she has designed and implemented, both a brand new band program, and a state of the art music technology lab and curriculum.   This is the third music technology lab Leah has designed and built over the last 15 years. As a band director in New York State, her bands took NYSSMA level Gold with Distinction on both the elementary and high school levels.

Leah holds a B.S. in Music Education from Hofstra University, an M.S. in Instructional Technology from the New York Institute of Technology, and a degree in Educational Administration from Long Island University.

In her current role at the Nathan Hale Arts Magnet, she is helping to build a foundation for a newly developed K-12 arts magnet model in New London – the first of its kind in the state of CT.

Suzanne SuppleeSuzanne Supplee, author and literary arts department chair, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, is the author of When Irish Guys Are Smiling, a Students Across the Seven Seas series book, Artichoke’s Heart, and Somebody Everybody Listens To. Currently, Suzanne is the literary arts department chair at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, a magnet high school in Towson, Maryland. Suzanne is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, and she earned a master’s degree in creative writing from Towson University in Maryland.

Scott Tatum

Scott Tatum (Assistant Principal, Booker T Washington HSPVA) is restless. After more than twenty years of active work in the arts as a dancer, actor, technician, designer, director, educator, producer, and administrator, he is looking for a way to make an even bigger impact. Starting as a dancer and quickly becoming excited by the arts as a career, he attended The University of Texas at Austin where he graduated with a BFA in Theatre Studies and continued on as Head of Theatre at the McCallum Fine Arts Academy in Austin, TX. Scott successfully executed an innovative vision of what a magnet high school theatre arts curriculum could be by tripling space, program offerings, and enrollment. His integrated curriculum approach yielded collaborative projects alongside other faculty members from all areas and led to being featured in several publications about the changing signs of theatre education in our country.

With his Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, including a focus on gifted & talented arts education, from the College of Education and certification in Arts and Cultural Administration and Entrepreneurship from the the LBJ School of Public Affairs (both at The University of Texas at Austin), M. Scott Tatum now looks to help communities, families, and schools make significant progress toward the development of arts-intensive, academically rigorous, and unique environments for the education of the whole student.

Shannon ThiesenShannon Thieson is a 5th grade teacher at Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts North Poplar Campus in British Columbia. In the evenings, she attends Simon Fraser University and will graduate with an Integrated Arts diploma next year. Shannon taught English in Japan for four years after graduating with her B.A. which led her to returning to Canada to get her teaching certificate from the University of the Fraser Valley. After teaching college-level TESL courses and writing IELTS curriculum, Shannon began teaching at North Poplar—a position she has held for the past three years. In addition to teaching full time and studying, she is a highly regarded visual artist in the province, exhibiting her paintings frequently at local galleries. She has won several art battle competitions with her 20 minute portraits and other organic-themed paintings. Shannon takes great inspiration for her artwork from her students and has a fresh take on visual arts teaching practices. Through inquiry based learning and the use of technology in the art room, Shannon’s passion guides her students toward self-belief in their own work and helps them find their creative sparks.

Shawn Tolley, Music Teacher, Stevens Elementary School,Spokane, WA, is a composer and elementary music educator living in Spokane, WA. He received a BA in Music Composition and Education from Whitworth University in 2009 and an MFA in Music Composition from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2014. He has studied with Dr. David Asplin, Brent Edstrom, Michael Early, Jonathan Malia, Rick Baitz, and Jonathan Bailey Holland. Shawn’s music has been performed around the country including performances at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. His most recent works include “Sonate pour Hautbois et Électronique” based on the composition style of Antonio Vivaldi, an advent series for voice, electronics, and mixed instruments, and a work for electronics and digital textile arts called “Meditation in the Rain Garden”.

Shawn has been working as a general music teacher for Spokane schools for five years and at Stevens Elementary for the last three. During his time at Stevens Shawn has instituted several STEM arts integration programs including the creation of an afterschool Electronic Music club during the 2014-2015 school year and, most recently, the start of a maker club based around the concepts of digital and experimental arts. Other integrations at Stevens have included the use of Makey Makey technology in many of the specialists, including Fitness and Health, and the ongoing development of a STEM and technology integrated music curriculum.

GenevieveTremblayGenevieve Tremblay, Design Faculty and Coordinator, Creative Corridor, Cornish College of the Arts: Genevieve Tremblay is an artist, designer, educator, public scholar and cultural entrepreneur. She conceptualizes and facilitates pioneering initiatives at the convergence of arts & culture, science, education and technology. Since 2000, she has created collaborations with innovators across disciplines that ignite new thinking and apply emerging technologies to civic and community challenges. Building bridges between interdisciplinary realms is her specialty.

Her professional work includes award-winning design and art direction, as well as her generative work as artist and independent curator. She teaches in the Art, Design, Film and Media Department at Cornish College of the Arts. Genevieve has received more than thirty local and national grants for school-based programs integrating art and technology in the Seattle and Bellevue School Districts. Her research, curatorial and public scholarship initiatives have been funded by 4Culture, Bellevue Schools Foundation, SAPPI Ideas that Matter: Design for the Public Good, AIGA, The National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller, Benton and Ford Foundations. Genevieve received her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

kate-wallichKate Wallich is a Seattle-based choreographer, director and teacher – named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2015. She received her training from Interlochen Arts Academy (’07) and Cornish College of the Arts (’10 Magna Cum Laude). In 2010, she founded her dance company The YC. Her work has been commissioned and presented nationally and internationally by On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, The Rauschenberg Foundation, MANA Contemporary, Springboard Danse Montréal, Bumbershoot, Conduit, City Arts Festival, The Frye Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery and Seattle Art Museum as well as by leading West Coast companies Whim W’Him, Raw Dance and Northwest Dance Project. She was a Visiting Artist at University of Washington, University of Oregon, Cornish College of the Arts and University of Utah. Kate has created two evening-length works with The YC: Super Eagle produced through Velocity Dance Center’s Made In Seattle program and Splurge Land produced through On the Board’s Performance Production Program. Kate has received awards and grants from 4Culture, Artist Trust, The Glenn H. Kawasaki Foundation and Seattle Magazine’s “Spotlight Artist Award”. She is among Seattle’s top contemporary dance teachers, leading packed classes through her own brand of movement technique.

Daryl WardDaryl Ward, Ph.D., is in his third year as the principal of Harrison School for the Arts after serving 9 years as the assistant principal. Daryl has worked in public education for 27 years – first as an English teacher, and then as a school-based administrator. He earned his undergraduate degree in creative writing from Florida State University and his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi. Daryl recently defended his dissertation for a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida.

He has served on the board of directors for the Lakeland Community Theatre and has appeared on stage there in numerous productions. He is a member of the Arts Schools’ Network, Florida Association of School Administrators, American Educational Research Association, and the National Communication Association. He has also worked with the Florida Arts Achieve Model Schools committee, serving as an evaluator for this process.

Sharon WiddowsSharon Widdows, Ph.D., is vice-principal at Edwin S. Richards Arts-Based Curriculum School in SD #75 – Mission, British Columbia, Canada. In addition to her administrative duties she teaches K-6 music and Grade 4. She has developed and coordinates the SPAARK (Supporting and Providing Arts for At-Risk Kids) program which provides quality music and art lessons for vulnerable children and youth, also in Mission.

Sharon is a PhD student in the Arts Education Program at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. Her work involves transformative music engagement in children and youth, particularly in those deemed to be at risk. In particular, her interest is focused on reducing the power inequity inherent in most service-learning programs through a transformative, arts-infused service-learning model.

80D89C93-4018-49F1-B34A-A8BDB4391CEBPatrick Williams, Director, Digital Media Conservatory, Orange County School of the Arts, has embraced the ideal of the teaching artist, maintaining both a personal studio practice and a professional teaching practice since graduating from the Art Center College of Design.

Patrick has taught at the Orange County School of the Arts for 10 years, initially teaching Graphic Design, Animation, and Digital Photo in both Elective and Visual Arts Conservatory programs before building the new Digital Media Conservatory. In addition to his work at OCSA, Patrick is adjunct faculty at Orange Coast College, and still makes time to teach a multitude of workshops and other classes. Patrick has dedicated his career as an arts instructor to creating transformative and empowering opportunities for young artists through education.

Also maintaining a strict studio practice, Patrick has shown work internationally, been included in many publications and is the recipient of the National Arts Teacher Fellowship, Long Beach Arts Fellowship and the Huntington Beach Arts Center AIR Residency.

Suzanne Windsor-LiscombeSuzanne Windsor-Liscombe, Ed.D., Head Teacher, Burnaby School District, Burnaby BC Canada: Dr. Windsor-Liscombe’s has had a long experience with the visual and performing arts, as a performer, composer, educator and researcher. Her career in education spans 30 years and includes K through post-secondary: as a teacher, department head, program coordinator and head teacher. Suzanne has been fortune to be a teacher-administrator at Confederation Park — an arts-integrated elementary school. A key player in its transition to arts school, she was able to observe students enrolling from outside the school’s catchment area from the outset. Such observations led to doctoral research into the perceptions and understandings of arts-integrated schools – both from educator and parental perspectives. Suzanne is proud of the role she played in the Exemplary Schools Award that the school received at ASN in Denver, 2014. Today’s presentation includes research into some parental assumptions around the use of textbooks in an arts-integrated school. In the wider arena, it looks at the textbook and digital technology, (from 2D-3D), while posing some key questions for the future of digital technology – and the textbook –- in Education.

Nick Wosika_Head Shot_PrintNick Wosika, Admissions Representative, McNally Smith College of Music, is a professional music and sports photographer, musician, filmmaker, content creator, mentor, and entrepreneur.  He also works a senior Admissions Representative at McNally Smith College of Music, counseling high school students through the college admissions process and helping guide creative young people into sustainable careers in the music industry.  He holds Bachelors degrees in Business Administration, Marketing, and Business Management.  Nick lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son, and brand new baby daughter.

carol1Carol Yarbrough began teaching 9 years ago, embarking on a second career after working in the computer industry for 20+ years. She is currently teaching computer science at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, in Birmingham, Alabama. Carol graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Computational Mathematics. She then was employed in just about every aspect of the computer industry, doing both scientific and business programming. In addition to being a programmer, she has been a designer, analyst, system administrator, database administrator, technical architect, corporate trainer and curriculum developer. But, she always wanted to teach, so she studied Secondary Mathematics Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Carol enjoys working with bright and creative young people and the satisfaction of knowing that her work matters.

alicepixleyyoung_headshotAlice Pixley Young, Lead Arts Teacher, School for Creative and Performing Art, studied at Ringling College of Art and Design, the New York Studio Residency Program and received an MFA from the University of Maryland and an MA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Young’s work has been supported through grants from the City of Cincinnati, the Surdna Foundation and the NEA. Recently, her work has been nationally exhibited in several critical spaces: Bullseye Projects in Portland, Oregon where she was a finalist in the eMerge 2014 Glass Biennial, the 21c Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky, Currents International New Media Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico and 1708 Gallery’s InLight Festival at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and teaches in the visual arts/career in technical education program at the School for Creative and Performing Arts as well as in the School of Art at the University of Cincinnati.

Camille Zamora is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Sing for Hope, a leading non-profit that brings arts outreach programs to communities in need and presents initiatives – including NYC’s summertime street pianos – that make the arts accessible to all. An internationally acclaimed soprano, Camille has performed with ensembles including London Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, and LA Opera, and with collaborators ranging from Plácido Domingo to Yo-Yo Ma to Sting. She has performed recitals on five continents, and live concerts broadcast on NPR, BBC Radio, Deutsche Radio, and Sirius. A regular contributor to The Huffington Post and a leading voice in the “artist as citizen” discussion, Camille received a 2013 Congressional Citation and has been named one of CNN’s Most Intriguing People, NY1’s “New Yorker of the Week,” and one of Town & Country’s “Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy.” A champion of zarzuela, she has been cited by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and NBC Latino as a leading interpreter of classical Spanish vocal repertoire, and has been honored with a 100 Hispanic Women Community Pride Award. Camille has curated, performed, and presented on arts and culture panels at The Kennedy Center Arts Summit, The Skoll World Forum, Fortune Most Powerful Women’s Summit, Aspen Ideas Festival, Opera America, Forbes Women Summit, The United Nations, and The United States Capitol. Camille is a World Harmony Torchbearer Award winner and a graduate of The Juilliard School.


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