Executive Director Kelly Pollock Elected to Advisory Council for the Arts Education Network at Americans for the Arts

COCA Executive Director Kelly Pollock was recently elected by her peers from around the country to serve as an advisory council member to the Arts Education Network at Americans for the Arts (AFTA). Congratulations, Kelly, on this national recognition!

Release from Americans for The Arts:

Americans for the Arts today announced new and re-elected advisory council members for each of their four networks: Arts Education, Emerging Leaders, Private Sector, and Public Art Network. These individuals 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.

Incoming advisory council members serve a three-year term, from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021. Four members were re-elected. Potential council members were nominated in September and voted on by members of Americans for the Arts through November 16, 2018.

“I am pleased to welcome these new and re-elected members to our advisory council,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Americans for the Arts strives to cultivate the next generation of arts leaders in America, and these leaders are willing to dedicate their time and expertise to work with peers across the country to shape national programs and messages and help craft services for states, communities, and local organizations. I applaud them for their valued contribution and commitment that will undoubtedly improve the state of arts in America.”

New and Re-elected Advisory Council Members

Arts Education Council members will work with fellow arts leaders to advise Americans for the Arts’ staff on trends in the field to create programs and services that will build a deeper connection to the field and the Arts Education Network. Council members are involved in visibility campaigns like National Arts in Education Week, the development of tools and resources, and conduct peer-to-peer learning.

  • Kymberly Cruz, Senior Program Officer, Arts Education, Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Margaret Weisbrod Morris, Chief Executive Officer, Lawrence Arts Center (re-elected)
  • Kelly Lamb Pollock, Executive Director, Center of Creative Arts
  • Tamaira Sandifer, CEO, Elk Grove Unified School District
  • Samika Anderton Satterthwaite, Arts Integration Grant Specialist, School District of Palm Beach County

Emerging Leaders Council members will assist in developing programs and resources to promote professional development and networking opportunities for emerging arts professionals nationwide.

  • Roshi Ahmadian, Identity & Systems Manager, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
  • Caitlin Arias, Associate, Youth Programs, Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute
  • Kit Kough, Program Director, Mayo Clinic (re-elected)
  • Colleen Amanda McCartney, Grants and Initiatives Manager, ArtsMemphis
  • Todd Trebour, Organizations Programs Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (re-elected)
  • Shoshana Zeldner, Community Arts Development Specialist, Nevada Arts Council

Private Sector Council members will develop and implement private-sector advocacy programs and serve as leaders to other local arts agencies seeking to connect with the private sector.

  • Renee Chatelain, President/CEO, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
  • Christin Crampton Day, Executive Director, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts
  • Nicole Mullet, Executive Director, ArtsNow
  • Jennifer Steele, Executive Director, Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County

Public Art Network Council members will advise on annual programming, choose the Public Art Network award recipient, and offer diverse perspectives and voices on public art and public art programs.

  • Michael Chavez, Public Art Program Manager, Denver Arts & Venues (re-elected)
  • Christian Guerra, Public Art Supervisor, City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs
  • Susan Lambe, Art in Public Places Program Manager, City of Austin
  • Ben Owen, Director, Arts@MSP, Airport Foundation MSP

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 55 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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