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Jonathan Herman has been executive director of the National Guild for Community Arts Education since 2004 and a staff member since 1995. At the Guild he has planned and managed national conferences, training and technical assistance programs, publications, and special projects such as Creative Communities, a national initiative to foster the development of arts instruction programs in public housing communities. He was also the project leader for Partners in Excellence, a national initiative to identify and promote best practices in K-12 public school arts partnerships, as well as a national study commissioned by The Kresge Foundation which led to the publication of More Than the Sum of Its Parts: Collaboration and Sustainability in Arts Education. Jonathan has served as program director of the Rhinelander Center, an arts-based community center of the Children's Aid Society in New York City, and developed educational programs and materials at the New York Hall of Science. He holds an Ed.M. degree from Teacher's College, Columbia University, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Binghamton University. He is a graduate of the Executive Level Program at the Columbia Business School’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Management and serves on the advisory committee of the Arts Education Partnership, the advisory board of Arts Education Policy Review, and the Boys and Girls Club of America's Advisory Council for the Arts. Herman was named one of top 50 "Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in Nonprofit Arts" in 2014.
Heather Ikemire, Ph.D., is Chief Program Officer at the National Guild for Community Arts Education, overseeing the Guild’s program, membership, and marketing departments. Heather also directs the Guild’s work as backbone organization for the Creative Youth Development National Partnership, which currently includes the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Americans for the Arts, and Massachusetts Cultural Council. Prior to her current position, Heather served as the Guild’s marketing and communications director for seven years, and as public relations manager for the former Madison Repertory Theatre in Madison, WI. Her research on community arts education, theatre for youth, and creative youth development has appeared in various publications and she helped guide the development of the Guild’s highly-regarded resource “Engaging Adolescents: Building Youth Participation in the Arts.” She has a B.A. in English Literature from Vassar College, and a Ph.D. in Theatre with a concentration in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University’s School of Film, Dance, and Theatre. Heather serves as secretary for the Rose Community Development Corporation in New Orleans, where she currently resides.
James C. Horton, director of learning and leadership development, joined the Guild team in October 2012. James has over a decade of experience in youth development, arts education, and community engagement. Previously James served as program director for the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ)’s Employment & Technology Center, where he developed Technology & Arts (TechnoArts) learning initiatives servicing more than 350 Harlem youth. Prior to this position, James was the video & performing arts coordinator for HCZ’s TRUCE Arts & Media program, a 2005 recipient of the prestigious Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. James also served as a performing arts and video teaching artist working with young people to develop their voices through film and theater. James is the founder of The Cure summer program which teaches community members about HIV/AIDS through the arts. Horton has also produced numerous events showcasing and highlighting the artistic achievements of NYC youth, and has worked in collaboration with The Fund for the City of New York in developing web portals that would provide links to resources for under-serviced communities nationwide. James studied theater at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA and is a graduate of Columbia University's Institute for Not-For-Profit Management.
Elizabeth LaCause, director of development, has been with the Guild since June 2015. Liz comes to the Guild with a background in development, organizational management, and public relations for the arts. Her last project was with Only Make Believe where she was hired as a development consultant for a six-month term, putting in place development systems and processes for the organization’s expansion plan. Prior to OMB, she was the Director of Development & Communications for Career Transition For Dancers. Her career began in 1990 with a public relations firm for clients such as the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and The Joyce Theater. From there, she took a position with New York City Ballet in the Education Department to manage its lecture-demonstration program, serving public school children in the Tri-State area. She became the Acting Director of the Performing Arts Department at Snug Harbor Cultural Center in 2000, followed by five years as Executive Director with the Staten Island Chamber Music Players. She also founded her own company, Festivals in Concert, which specialized in development and marketing for performing arts events before joining the staff at RIOULT Dance NY, serving as its executive director. She earned a B.A. and B.S. from Skidmore College in English Literature and Dance and in 2006 earned a Masters in Nonprofit Management (MNM) from Regis University in Denver, CO. As a former dancer, Elizabeth is motivated by a lifetime passion for the arts and for arts education.
MacAdam Smith, communications manager, joined the Guild in October 2015. He comes with a range of experience in creative brand strategy for non-profit and corporate industries, and years of work in arts and education. MacAdam was previously a senior copywriter and account manager at a boutique creative agency, building marketing and PR strategies for global brands across a variety of industries. But now he is excited to make his return to the world of arts ed (his first job, in high school, included building shelves and setting up exhibits at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, MD). He has an M.F.A. in creative writing from The City College of New York, and has written a few silly plays that have been performed by the Mirror Repertory, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Authentic Theatre Company, and Playwright's Theatre of New Jersey. For some reason he also loves creating syllabuses, and has used that excuse to teach classes on a variety of subjects over the years: literature, creative writing, sculpture, woodworking, theater, guitar, and even superheroes.
Claire Wilmoth, data systems manager, has been with the Guild since August 2005. A Seattle native, Claire came to New York from the Chicago area after completing her B.A. at Northwestern University, where she graduated with honors in 2005. While at Northwestern, Claire helped produce the Waa-Mu show, a nationally known original musical revue by and for Northwestern students. She has also worked for Paul Allen’s Experience Music Project and as a teaching artist for the Experience Arts Camp, both in Seattle.
Drew Malmuth, community manager, has a background in education, youth development, and communications strategy. In 2011, after receiving his B.A. from McGill University, Drew accepted a position in South Korea as an English Teacher. He subsequently moved to London, where he received his M.Sc in political sociology from the London School of Economics and worked as a program evaluator and project leader for Basti Ram Charity. Drew’s M.Sc research looked at the intersection of artistic practice and community development, with a focus on the ways in which the arts can impact marginalized communities. In November 2014, Drew traveled to Udaipur, India to lead Basti Ram’s Life Through the Lens participatory photography project. He worked as both lead coordinator for the photography-based youth workshops and manager of communications outreach. Since 2011, Drew has been a regular contributor to music and arts blogs, including Pretty Much Amazing and CultureBot.
Shina Yoon, program coordinator, graduated from Pratt Institute in 2016 with a B.F.A. and M.A. in art and design education, and a minor in history of art and design. Her thesis, Motivating Teens in NYC: A Case Study of Pratt Young Scholars, explores the value of art programs for high-school aged youth and how these programs offer pathways to higher education and future careers in art and design. While at Pratt, she served as the Art and Design Education Club president for two consecutive years, and has taught several art classes in Saturday Art School. With an international background and three years of teaching experience, she traveled to Spain in 2014, where she taught English to three Spanish-speaking children. She has previously worked as the program assistant at the Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12, where she provided administrative support and coordinated all aspects of the organization and implementation of Center K-12 programs. She is a big believer in opportunities of art being available to all ages, and aims to continue working in the field to provide accessible and engaging programs for the public to learn and experience art.
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