Committees

ESSENTIAL STANDING COMMITTEES

Contact: info@artsschoolsnetwork.org

Executive: has the authority to act on behalf of the board and membership between convening

Chair: ASN Board President, Pamela Jordan
President, Idyllwild Arts Foundation and Head of School, Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program, CA

Members:  ASN Officers of the Board of Directors
1st Vice President, Donn Harris, Executive Director of the Institute for Creativity and the Arts, San Francisco Unified School District, CA
2nd Vice President, William Kohut, Denver School of the Arts, CO
Treasurer, Scott Rudes, Ph.D., Principal, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, TX
Secretary, Sally Gaskill, Director, Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, IN
Immediate Past President, Rory Pullens, Executive Director of Arts Education, Los Angeles Unified School District, CA

Governance: educating, evaluating, and recruiting board members; leadership succession planning; and bylaws

Chair: Donn Harris, Executive Director of the Institute for Creativity and the Arts, San Francisco Unified School District, CA

Members:  ASN Board Members – Denise Davis-Cotton, Ed.D., Founder Detroit School of Arts, Argosy University, FL; Ted Farraday, Vice President, Education Programs, Interlochen Center for the Arts, MI; Sally Gaskill, Director, National Strategic Arts Alumni Project, IN; Pamela Jordan, President, Idyllwild Arts Foundation and Head of School, Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program, CA; Tom Sherry, AIA, 313 Creative, MI

Finance and Audit: carries out the fiduciary responsibility and fiscal health of the organization

Chair:  ASN Treasurer, Scott Rudes, Ph.D., Principal, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, TX

Members: ASN Board President, Pamela Jordan, President, Idyllwild Arts Foundation and Head of School, Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program, CA; and ASN 1st Vice President, Donn Harris, Executive Director of the Institute for Creative and the Arts, San Francisco Unified School District, CA; ASN 2nd Vice President, William Kohut, Principal, Denver School of the Arts, CO

 

AD HOC COMMITTEES

Membership Services + Resources: identify membership needs and provide resources to meet those needs

Regions:  a regional needs based professional development series for arts schools which can be replicated by other ASN member schools.

Northeast: PA, NJ, CT, RI, NY, VT, NH, MA, ME
Southwest: AZ, NM, OK, TX
West:  WA, OR, CA, ID, NV, UT, MT, WY, CO, AK, HI
Southeast: MD, DE, DC, VA, WV, KY, TN, NC, SC, AR, LA, MS, AL, GA, FL
Midwest: ND, SD, NE, KS, MN, IA, MO, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH
International: Australia, Canada, Great Britain

Committee Members: 

  • Chair: Larry Kaptain, Dean, College of Arts and Media, University of Colorado, Denver (click here to email)
  • Allison Ball, Director of Education, YoungArts, Miami, FL (USA)
  • Debbie Barron, Retired, FL
  • Louisa Castrodale , Arts Coordinator, Palm Springs Unified School District, CA
  • Jackie Furneaux, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, UK
  • Holly Kurth, Art Teacher, Rymfire Elementary, Palm Coast, FL
  • John Lawler, Principal, ArTES Magnet in San Fernando, CA
  • Michael Martucci, Principal, Howard Middle School, Orlando, FL
  • Clinton McCracken, Magnet Coordinator, Howard Middle School, Orlando, FL
  • Alyson Landry, Administrative Assistant, Officer of the General Director, Houston Grand Opera, TX
  • Scott M. Rudes, PhD, Principal, Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, TX
  • Sharon Widdows, Assistant Principal, Edwin S. Richards Arts Based Curriculum School, Mission, British Columbia, Canada

Past Presidents – Awards + Recognitions – By honoring ASN member schools, administrators, teachers, and community partners, we highlight their exceptional dedication, creativity, and efforts to improve arts education.

Chair: Immediate Past President Rory Pullens, Executive Director of Arts Education, Los Angeles Unified School District, CA

Members: Past Presidents
Ralph Opacic, Ed.D., President and Executive Director, Orange County School of the Arts, CA; Jackie Cornelius, Principal, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Jacksonville, FL; Denise Davis-Cotton, Ed.D., Founder, Detroit School of Arts, Department of Education, Argosy University, FL; Roy Fluhrer, Ph.D., Director, Fine Arts Center of Greenville, SC; Catherine Thompson, Retired Arts Leader, District of Niagara Academy for the Arts, ON, Canada; Mitzi Yates Lizarraga, Principal, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts

College and Career

Co-Chairs: Patricia Decker, Director of Recruitment, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU; Andrew Laue, Associate Director for Fine Arts Admissions, Webster University

Conference – ASN’s annual national conference brings together the innovative, the informative, and the inquisitive to network, share, learn, and recognize excellence.

2017 Annual Conference Host:
University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program and the Department of Teatre Arts and Dance – Joseph Price, BFA Program Director

2018 Annual Conference Host:
Orange County School of the Arts, Santa Ana, CA, Ralph Opacic, Ed.D., President and Executive Director

Future Conference RFP 2019-2021:
Chair: William Kohut, Principal, Denver School of the Arts, CO
Members:  Jackie Collins, Principal, Idaho Arts Charter; Donn K. Harris,  Executive Director of the Institute for Creativity and the Arts, San Francisco Unified School District, CA; Diane Makas, Principal, Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts, CA; Michael Meeks, Executive Director, Alabama School of Fine Arts, AL; Scott Rudes, Principal, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, TX

Exemplary Schools – The Arts Schools Network promotes quality in arts education by acknowledging the values embraced by member schools. Those schools that submit an application for recognition and meet ASN’s criteria for exemplary practice are awarded an Exemplary School designation, symbolizing their commitment to excellence.

Co-Chairs: Jackie Collins, Principal, Idaho Arts Charter; and Daryl Ward, Principal, Harrison School for the Arts, FL

Members: Douglas Ashcraft, Music Faculty, Idyllwild Arts Academy, CA; Deborah Barron, Tampa, FL; Douglas Mead, Principal, Toledo School for the Arts, OH; Amy Medley, Dean of Fine Arts, Center for Creative Arts, TN; Irene Rietze, Magnet Theme Coach, R.J. Kinsella Magnet School for the Arts, CT

Thought Leadership:  be a valuable member of the arts learning ecosystem

Thought leaders are the informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in their field of expertise. They are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas; turn ideas into reality, and know and show how to replicate their success. They create a dedicated group of friends, fans and followers to help them replicate and scale those ideas into sustainable change.

Chair:  Pamela Jordan, Idyllwild Arts Foundation and Head of School, Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program, CA

Members:  (2016 Retreat Host) Valerie Morris, Dean, School of the Arts, College of Charleston, School of the Arts; Rory Pullens, Executive Director of Arts Education, Los Angeles Unified School District, CA; Kyle Wedberg, President and CEO, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, LA

Arts Integration K-12: serve a diverse community of arts integration practitioners

Chair:  David Flatley, Arts Education Consultant, Chicago, IL