Recent Grants

Arts Education: FY 2016 Grants Panelists

Art Works I FY - Panel A
June 23, 2015

Joan Ashcraft
Director of Fine and Performing Arts
Tucson Unified School District
Tucson, AZ

David Dik
National Executive Director
Young Audiences, Inc.
Glen Ridge, NJ  

MarDestinee Gutierrez (Layperson)
Program Manager for Faculty Diversity and Equity
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA

Mark Laycock
Professor of Music/Director of Orchestras
Wichita State University
Wichita, KS

Allison Upshaw  
Opera Singer
Performing Arts Education Consultant
Classroom OPERAtunities
Forest Home, AL

Eugene Watanabe
President
Gifted Music School
Salt Lake City, UT

Art Works I - Panel B
July 9, 2015

Yesenia Garcia Herrington
Coordinator, Creative Learning Initiative
The Austin Independent School District
Austin, TX

Kimberly Graham
Deputy Director, Louisiana A+ Schools
George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts
Baton Rouge, LA

Jack Mitchell
Secondary Arts Consultant and Career Technical Education Arts Consultant
California Department of Education
Carmichael, CA

Kimberly Sias
Actress
Managing Director, All-City Arts
Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Cleveland Heights, OH

Carmaletta Williams (Layperson)
Professor Emeritus, English and African American Studies
Johnson County Community College
Grandview, MO

James Wolfe
Arts in Education Coordinator
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
Charleston, WV

Art Works I  – Panel C
July 16, 2015

Mary E. Cannon
Program Director, West End Performing Arts Center
Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture
Atlanta, GA

Erika CM Hawthorne
Executive Assistant to the Executive Director
DC Trust
Silver Spring, MD

Ken Lockette (Layperson)
Assistant Superintendent
Avonworth School District
Mars, PA

Dain Olsen
Media Arts Instructor
Media Arts Chair
National Coalition for Core Arts Standards
Los Angeles, CA

Tania Romero
Film Artist
Audio Video Production Instructor
Austin Independent School District
Round Rock, TX

Art Works I – Panel D
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Jodie Engle
Actor
Manager, Educational Partnerships and Outreach
Ohio History Connection
Columbus, OH

Darnell Fine
Educator, Multicultural Consultancy Coach, Writer
Stone Mountain, GA

Jochelle Pereňa
Teaching Artist and Programs Manager
Luna Dance Institute
Oakland, CA

Michael Remson
Composer
Executive and Artistic Director
AFA (formerly "American Festival for the Arts")
Houston, TX

Pamela Shepherd (Layperson)
Arts Patron, Community Volunteer
United Church of Christ Minister
Taos, NM

Robyne Walker-Murphy
Director of Membership Development and Engagement
National Guild for Community Arts Education
Brooklyn, NY

Andrew Watson
Artist
K-12 Fine Arts Instructional Specialist
Alexandria City Public Schools
Springfield, VA

Art Works I – Panel E
Friday, July 24, 2015

Kai Flores-Emnace
Education Program Coordinator
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
Los Angeles, CA

Jon Hinojosa
Visual Artist
Artistic/Executive Director
SAY Sí
San Antonio, TX

Wendy Scott (Layperson)
President
Wendy Scott & Associates, Inc.
Raleigh, NC

Art Works I – Panel F
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Jochelle Pereňa
Teaching Artist and Programs Manager
Luna Dance Institute
Oakland, CA

Pamela Shepherd (Layperson)
Arts Patron, Community Volunteer
United Church of Christ Minister
Taos, NM

Robyne Walker-Murphy
Director of Membership Development and Engagement
National Guild for Community Arts Education
Brooklyn, NY

Art Works II - Panel A
November 5, 2015

Krystal Banfield
Dean, Berklee City Music
Berklee College of Music
Jamaica Plain, MA

Sarah Beth Gooding
Program Coordinator
Armstrong Community Music School
Austin, TX

Frank Heuser
Music Education Associate Professor
Director, Music Education Program
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Jeanette McCune
Director, DC School and Community Initiatives
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Upper Marlboro, MD

Julie Palkowski
Fine Arts and Creativity Education Consultant
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Janesville, WI

Li Wei (Layperson)
Chinese Studies Coordinator, Modern Languages Department
Rollins College
Winter Park, FL

Art Works II – Panel B
November 12, 2015

Natasha Agrawal (Layperson)
Elementary School Teacher
Trenton New Jersey School District
Lawrenceville, NJ

Sergio Alonso
Ethnomusicologist, Instrumentalist
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
Music Educator
San Fernando High School
Sylmar, CA

Tarah Ortiz Durnbaugh
Performance Programs Manager
Urban Gateways
Performer
Joel Hall Dancers
Chicago, IL

Adrian Holley
Choreographer, Performer
Dance Educator
M&M American Dance Theatre, After School All Stars
Henderson, NV

Daniel Lewis
Freelance teacher, Choreographer, Lecturer
President
Miami Dance Futures Inc.
Miami, FL

Anne Pryor
State Folklorist, Folk Arts Specialist
Wisconsin Arts Board
Madison, WI

Art Works II – Panel C
December 3, 2015

Jack Lew
Dean Emeritus, Visual Communication Division
Laguna College of Art and Design
Irvine, CA

Joseph Polman (Layperson)
Professor and Associate Dean for Research, School of Education
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO

Martin Rayala
Chief Academic Officer
Design-Lab Schools
Wilmington, DE

Jennifer Steele
Poet, Writer, Educator
YOUmedia Partnerships Coordinator
Chicago Public Library
Chicago, IL

Rachel Tso
Filmmaker, Lecturer, Consultant
Director, STAR School Media Arts Program
Lecturer, Department of Communication
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ

Art Works II - Panel D
December 4, 2015

Regie Cabico
Poet, Theater Artist, Arts Educator
Washington, DC

Rebecca Cruse
Assistant Director
South Dakota Arts Council
Pierre, SD

Mia DeMezza (Layperson)
Executive Vice President
EarthEcho International
Bethesda, MD

Erika Lowe
Writer, Performer
Arts Education Programs Manager
Vermont Arts Council
Burlington, VT

Michael McCarty
Storyteller
LA Dream Shapers
Inglewood, CA

Coralee Wilkerson
Project Manager
State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education
Palmyra, PA

Art Works II - Panel E
December 9, 2015

Peggy Burt
Executive Director
California State Summer School Arts Foundation
Sierra Madre, CA

Melissa Goodwin (Layperson)
Innovation Designer
CoFounder
Creativist.io
Sioux Falls, SD

Ali Hoefnagel
Actor, Teaching Artist
Education & Outreach Director
About Face Theatre
Chicago, IL

Anne Kraybill
Director of Education and Research in Learning
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Bentonville, AR

Magda Martinez  
Writer, Vocalist, Educator, Performer
Director of Programs
Fleisher Art Memorial
Philadelphia, PA

Andrew Teheran
Sculptor, Filmmaker, Polymedia Artist
Visual + Media Arts Teacher
Newark Public Schools
Newark, NJ

Art Works II – Panel F
December 17, 2015

Lawrence Carter-Long (Layperson)
Public Affairs Specialist
National Council on Disability
Washington, DC

Ruth Mercado-Zizzo
Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Director
EdVestors
Quincy, MA

Paul Sznewajs
Executive Director
Ingenuity
Chicago, IL

Douglas Torres-Edwards
Arts Access District Coordinator and AP Social Studies Curriculum Lead
Houston Independent School District
Houston, TX

Barbara Wong  
Arts Educator, Administrator
Executive Director
Providence CityArts for Youth
Providence, RI