Kristy Callaway Re-Elected to Americans for the Arts’ Advisory Council

Callaway, Executive Director of Arts Schools Network, will advise the Arts Education Council.

WASHINGTON, DC – January 7, 2015 – Members of Americans for the Arts, the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, have re-elected Kristy Callaway as a member of their Arts Education Council. Callaway will advise Americans for the Arts’ staff on developing programs and services that will build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership.

In the Arts Education Council, Callaway will work with fellow arts leaders to select the Arts Education Leadership Award recipient, and participate in and support network-specific programs such as Arts in Education Week, Keep the Arts in Public Schools, and more.

Callaway has been a dedicated arts education leader for more than 15 years. Before becoming executive director of Arts Schools Network in 2008, she had been the fine arts coordinator and director of curriculum development for the 20,000-student Beaufort County, South Carolina school district. Callaway was the president of the South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education (2007-2008) and served on the South Carolina Arts Alliance board of directors for 10 years as well as The Arts in the Basic Curriculum steering committee (2005-2009) and The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education National Leadership Committee (2009-2012).

“The success of our organization is dependent on leaders in the arts and culture industries, like Kristy Callaway, who are willing to dedicate their time and expertise to take our national programs and messages into communities and local organizations,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “We are grateful for Ms. Callaway’s dedication to promoting and cultivating arts and arts education nationwide.”

Potential council members were nominated in early October and were voted on by members of Americans for the Arts through November 12, 2014. Callaway will serve a three-year term, from Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2017. She previously served on the council from 2012 through 2014.

“I’m honored to serve with arts education leaders from across the nation. In addition to contributing to the Arts Education Council, I can also share valuable resources, such a eBooks and webinars, with the Arts Schools Network’s member schools,” Callaway said. “Through our work on this council, we can also help local arts organizations understand the importance of their voices in arts advocacy, as well as share knowledge on how to be better advocates.” She will participate in a council meeting January 21-23, 2015 in New York City.

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.

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