Introducing the 2018 Class of CAELI

The National Guild for Community Arts Education is pleased to announce the 2018 class of the Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI). Twenty-six individuals representing community arts education organizations across the nation were selected to participate in CAELI, a leadership program designed for individuals in the nonprofit arts education sector.

Over the course of eight months, the program provides participants the opportunity to hone and advance leadership skills and effectiveness through a sequential curriculum that includes virtual workshops, one-on-one coaching with top trainers and practitioners, and an introspective dive into how being a leader impacts the personal and the professional. Participants attend a five-day, in-person seminar held at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, PA in July.

The CAELI class of 2018 will join an alumni network, more than 200 members strong, offering peer mentorship and a trove of resources for continued development long after the conclusion of the program. Together, these leaders represent our best opportunity to ensure all people have access to opportunities to maximize their creative potential.

“We are excited to welcome the class of 2018,” said National Guild executive director Jonathan Herman. “Organizations need strong leadership to secure their futures and to ensure equitable access to lifelong learning in the arts for all. We look forward to seeing how this talented group of leaders shape the future of arts education.”

CAELI is now in its ninth year and is led in collaboration with Partners in Performance, Inc.

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

Through a competitive process, this year’s class includes:

  • Jeffrey Allen, Director of Arts Education, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cleveland, OH
  • Nicole Amri, Program Director, SAY Sí, San Antonio, TX
  • Mariana Astorga-Almanza, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, Lynwood Unified School District, Lynwood, CA
  • Ashley Blakeney, Program Manager, Pablove Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
  • Lindsey Buller Maliekel, Director of Education/Public Engagement, The New Victory Theater, New York, NY
  • David R. Carter, Executive Musician, Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa, OK
  • Eepi Chaad, Youth and Community Outreach Coordinator, Art League Houston, Houston, TX
  • Jennifer DiFiglia, Senior Director of Programs, LEAP, New York, NY
  • Tarah Ortiz Durnbaugh, Performance Programs Manager, Urban Gateways, Chicago, IL
  • Paul A. Ellis, Jr., Executive Director and General Counsel, August Wilson House,
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Quanice G. Floyd, Founder and Director, Arts Administrators of Color Network, Washington, DC
  • Julianne Gadoury, Arts Education Coordinator, New Hampshire State Council of the Arts, Concord, NH
  • Lynn Hoare, Senior Director of School-based Programs, Creative Action, Austin, TX
  • Rosa Hyde, Senior Manager, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ
  • Jackson Elisabeth Knowles, Program Director, MINDPOP, Austin, TX
  • Kearsten Kuroishi, Director of Education, City of Las Vegas’ Rainbow Company Youth Theater, Las Vegas, NV
  • Julia López, Programs Manager, Mural Arts Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Emily Magenheimer, Campus Manager, Levine Music, Washington, DC
  • Kevin D. Marr II, Dance Director, All-City Dance Ensemble, Cleveland, OH
  • Devon Miller, Managing Director, Junior Players, Dallas, TX
  • Beverly E. Mislang, Associate Director of Development, Youth Speaks, San Francisco, CA
  • Paul Moshammer, Studio Director, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
  • Rebekka Nickman, Program Manager, DC Collaborative, Washington, DC
  • Melissa Gawlowski Pratt, Assistant Director, Lincoln Center Education, New York, NY
  • Chad Swan-Badgero, Program Manager, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs,
  • Lansing, MI
  • Molly Terbovich-Ridenhour, President and Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, San Diego, CA

CAELI is made possible with support from American Express.

Published: May 31, 2018