2018 Award Recipients

The National Guild is proud to have honored these leaders at the 2018 Conference for Community Arts Education in Baltimore, MD. We are grateful for the significant contributions they continue to make to the field of arts education.

2018 Service Award: Daniel Windham

This award recognizes Daniel Windham's remarkable service to the field as a dedicated Guild trustee and officer, as well as through his many contributions in leadership positions at the Wallace Foundation, Cleveland Music School Settlement, Kansas City Young Audiences, New York Philharmonic, and the National Symphony Orchestra. His commitment and leadership have had significant impact on the entire the field of arts education in the United States and contributed greatly to forwarding the Guild’s mission of ensuring all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential.

2018 Leadership Award: Ronnie Brooks

Ronnie Brooks has devoted her career to developing and serving leaders who make a difference. She is the founding director of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute, a program that provides a yearlong renewal experience for foundation and nonprofit organization leaders. She was president of both Citizens League and the Mediation Center and a board member of the Voyager Outward Bound School, the David Preus Leadership Council, the Civic Leadership Foundation, Graywolf Press, and MAP for Nonprofits. She has been on the faculty of the National Conference of State Legislature’s Legislative Staff Management Institute, the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, the League of American Orchestra’s Executive Leadership Academy, and University of St. Thomas Center for Nonprofit Leadership.

2018 Milestone Awardees

Eric Anderson retired from Settlement Music School of Philadelphia, PA in 2018 after 31 years, He served as Director of the Mary Louise Curtis branch for 24 years, where he managed the Advanced Study program and Contemporary Music Series, and as Director of the Germantown branch for 7 years, where he developed a collaboration with Allens Lane Art Center to exhibit local artists.

Josiah Bruny is an entrepreneur, hip-hop artist and philanthropist.  He has released two albums and sold over 200K copies of his album "V Part Two." In 1998, he set up a recording studio in his home in Morena Valley, CA for at-risk youth and founded Music Changing Lives. He continues to serve as its CEO.

Lovett Hines is the Artistic and Education Director at the Philadelphia Clef Club. As a musician, he performed with the 76th Army Band, the legendary Stax Records recording artists, and with Motown greats the O'Jays and Martha and the Vandellas. Previously, he taught in the Philadelphia Public school system.

Sachiko Isihara is the Executive Director of the Suzuki School of Newton in Newton, MA. She is an accomplished and focused leader with more than 20 years of success in bringing high quality music to the community and serves as a powerful icon for the suzuki school and the Newton community. She is a 2014 graduate of the Guild's Community Arts Education Leadership Institute.

Michael Remson is the Executive and Artistic Director for the American Festival for the Arts (AFA) in Houston, TX. An active composer, librettist, author and educator, he has been an AFA faculty member since its inaugural season in 1996. He served as Executive Director from 2004-07 and has been Executive and Artistic Director for the last 11 years.

Teresa Coleman Wash is the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Bishop Arts Theatre Center in Dallas, TX. She has received numerous awards for her leadership and serves on steering committees for Dallas Area Cultural Advocacy Coalition and The Dramatists Guild of America, where she is also a Council member.

Bobby Welch has worked for the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation in Gadsden, AL for 31 years and currently serves as its Executive Director. The Foundation was established in order to provide, maintain, and operate a cultural arts facility for the citizens of the City of Gadsden, Etowah County and their surrounding communities.