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Introducing the 2017 Class of CAELI

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Jun 22, 2017

The National Guild for Community Arts Education has announced the 2017 class of the Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI). These 26 individuals will take part in an intensive learning experience with top trainers and practitioners, as well as an introspective dive into how being a leader impacts them both professionally and personally. The class will also join an alumni network that offers online and regional retreats and workshops to continue development training after their core institute ends.

Now in its eighth year, CAELI is an eight-month program, which includes a five-day seminar (July 25 – 29, 2017) at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, PA; advanced assignments; a 360-degree feedback process; and follow-up coaching. The Institute is led in collaboration with Partners in Performance, Inc., and is designed for those in leadership positions at nonprofit arts education organizations.

The class of 2017 was selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants from across the arts education field. This year’s class includes:

  • Kathleen Allen, Interim Executive Director, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, Seattle, WA
  • Philip Asbury, Project Manager, Mural Arts Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Durell Cooper, Program Manager, Educational and Community Partnerships, Lincoln Center Education, New York NY
  • Lonnie Davis, President & CEO, Jazz Arts Initiative, Charlotte, NC
  • Karen Deschere, Executive Director, Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, Berkeley Heights, NJ
  • Patrick Dougher, Program Director, Groundswell, New York, NY
  • Rachel Fritz, Chief Operations Officer, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Milwaukee, WI
  • Elise Gallinot Goldman, Education Director, KID smART, New Orleans, LA
  • Noelia Garcia Carmona, Dance Program Director, New Ballet Ensemble & School, Memphis, TN
  • Kurtis Gildow, Dean of Programs, Merit School of Music, Chicago, IL
  • Daniel Gray-Kontar, Chair, Literary Arts Department, Cleveland School of the Arts, Cleveland, OH
  • Cherie Hill, Communications Manager/Chief of Staff, Luna Dance Institute, Berkeley, CA
  • Stephanie Lin Hsu, Founding Director, Yakima Music en Acción (YAMA), Yakima, WA
  • Eliza Kiser, Director, Pullen Arts Center, Raleigh, NC
  • Chloe Kline, Education Director, Community MusicWorks, Providence, RI
  • Howard Sid Lucas, Job Counselor, National Caucus and Center for Black Aging, Inc., Washington, D.C.
  • Andre Middleton, Director of Equity & Digital Inclusion, Open Signal, Portland, OR
  • Shaun Neblett, President, Changing Perceptions Theater (CPT), New York, NY
  • Erin Perry, Executive Director, The Legacy Arts Project, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
  • Emily Reed, Director of Bicentennial & Community Engagement, Handel & Haydn Society, Boston, MA
  • Amy Rosenbluth, Executive Director, Lake Erie Ink, Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Candy Nguyen Smirnow, Business Manager/Registrar, The Colburn School, Los Angekes, CA
  • Marie Tai, Associate Director, Community Music Center of Boston, Boston, MA
  • Leo Van Asten, Executive Director, Rhapsody Arts Center, Verona, WI
  • Xavier Verna, Executive Director, Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee, MI
  • Guillermina Zabala, Media Arts Director, SAY Sí, San Antonio, TX

“In a time when arts funding is once again a topic of debate at the highest levels, organizations are looking for strong leadership not only to secure their futures but also to ensure their communities are getting quality arts education,” said National Guild Executive Director Jonathan Herman. “By developing the next generation of leaders within our field, the National Guild is increasing equitable access to lifelong learning in the arts for all Americans. We are very excited about our newest ‘CAELIens,’ and look forward to watching them lead our field for years to come.”

Supporters of CAELI have included American Express Foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Guild's board of trustees.

This resource brought to you by the National Guild for Community Arts Education.