My work is driven by a belief that the arts are a human right as a vehicle for freedom of speech and a means to overcome poverty. It is my dream to lead change by engaging stakeholders in arts education in support of children’s learning to benefit students, schools, and communities. I champion youth arts education in our country, because it improves students’ school experiences and their lives. I recognize the value of policy; yet I am a change agent ready to reconfigure the system.
Pictured: Student and family member from Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center’s Art Has No Barriers program
In my role as the executive director for Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center, I have ushered in leadership diversity, created free educational programming, and made strategic partnerships for greater accessibility. Our mission is to provide public awareness, education and enjoyment of the visual arts by promoting the works of Michigan artists. Our volunteer program has doubled due to a new, robust internship program. In 2017, we launched an inaugural Michigan Collegiate Art Exhibition to create access for emerging artists statewide. We are driving community engagement through public art, exhibitions, and education.
I believe leaders create authentic and inspired connections within their community. They are motivating and offer a call to action with clear ways to appropriately engage. They share hard truths and lead people to better understand themselves and their greater community. I am describing the leader I strive to become. Together, our community is igniting passion for the visual arts, providing a forum for self-expression and engagement in Lansing, Michigan.