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2013 PDI Speakers and Artists

Updates from National Partners

Monday, September 16
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Ethan Clark
National PTA Manager, Arts in Education
National PTA

Ethan Clark

Ethan Clark oversees the development and implementation of educational programs that help PTAs to work with school leaders on improvements to the school that enrich the educational experience for all children in the areas of arts and cultural exploration.

Clark has spent more than five years of his career developing arts education programs to support student success. Prior to joining National PTA, he worked with the Arts Education Partnership on projects such as the State Policy Database and ArtsEdSearch. From 2010 to 2011, Clark worked with a number of arts organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Future of Music Coalition and the Washington Choral Arts Society. He began his career as a high school director of bands and a music teacher in Pennsylvania's public school system.

Clark has a master of arts in arts management from American University in Washington, D.C. He lives in D.C. and serves as both a steering committee member for the Emerging Arts Leaders DC network and grant reviewer for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Kristen Engebretsen
Arts Education Program Manager
Americans for the Arts

Kristen Engebretsen

Kristen Engebretsen works with the Arts Education Network and its elected council to ensure the advancement of arts education throughout the country. Prior to her arrival in Washington, D.C., she worked at several arts organizations in Los Angeles, including the LA County Arts Commission and the Music Center: Performing Arts Center of LA County. She has performed with a professional symphony on the string bass, both in the United States and abroad. Engebretsen has taught dance at various arts education organizations, and serves on the board of directors for CRE Outreach, a small nonprofit theater company in Los Angeles. She holds a master of education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor of arts from the University of Southern California.

Sandra Ruppert
Director
Arts Education Partnership

Sandra Ruppert

As director of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), Sandra Ruppert brings more than 25 years of leadership experience working with nonprofit organizations, principally in the areas of arts, education, culture and public policy. Prior to her appointment as AEP director in 2008, Sandra was the senior associate for research and policy at AEP. Under her leadership, AEP developed ArtsEdSearch.org, the nation's first research and policy clearinghouse on the benefits of learning in and through the arts. Ruppert is the author of numerous AEP publications, including the widely acclaimed Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement.

Before joining the staff of AEP, Ruppert was a program director with the Education Commission of the States, a Denver-based national nonprofit organization that advises state policymakers on education issues. While at ECS, Ruppert was responsible for the design and direction of ECS Chairman and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's Arts in Education Initiative. Ruppert holds a master of arts degree in anthropology from the University of Arizona. She can be reached at sandrar@ccsso.org or followed on Twitter @SandraRuppert.

Traci Slater-Rigaud
Director, National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

Traci Slater-Rigaud

Traci Slater-Rigaud directs the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities through a cooperative agreement with NASAA. Slater-Rigaud is the former program coordinator for arts in education with the National PTA, where she managed the Reflections Program. Prior to the National PTA, she was curator of education at Miami Art Museum. Her work there included developing and managing a broad range of educational programming for school, family and adult audiences. Slater-Rigaud's background also includes work as the public programs manager at the Baltimore Museum of Art, where she created and managed large-scale programs for the permanent collection and special exhibitions. She has several years of experience in community-based arts education and has a sincere passion for making the arts accessible to all communities. She holds a B.S. in social science and an M.A. in art education, both from the University of Cincinnati.

Lynn Tuttle
Director of Arts Education, Arizona Department of Education
President, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education

Lynn Tuttle

As director of arts education at the Arizona Department of Education, Lynn Tuttle acts as a liaison to the state's arts educators; provides professional development in arts education, Arizona's Academic Arts Standards and arts assessment; and promotes quality arts education programs in Arizona's schools. She has keynoted for The Kennedy Center's 2013 Partners in Education conference and has presented for Americans for the Arts, Arts Education Partnership, the Kennedy Center Alliances for Arts Education Network, the National Art Education Association, the National Dance Education Organization, the National Association for Music Education and the State Arts Advocacy Network.

Tuttle is one of the leaders of the revision of the National Voluntary Arts Education Standards. She holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music (valedictorian), the Johns Hopkins University and the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

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Opening Reception & Dinner

Monday, September 16
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

El Mariachi Juvenil de Bryant Webster

El Mariachi Juvenil de Bryant Webster

El Mariachi Juvenil de Bryant Webster, the first elementary mariachi group in the Denver public school system, began in 2004 with 22 students. More than 250 students have participated in after-school mariachi programs. Students who play and sing in El Mariachi Juvenil de Bryant Webster are in the third through eighth grade. All students learn musicianship skills and technique as well as performance skills. In addition, each student must dedicate him- or herself to practicing every day, attending lessons three times a week and working for the good of the group. Students must maintain their grades at high levels, complete their homework and model good citizenship.

As the ensemble completes its 11th year, Mariachi Juvenil Director Pamela Liñan and Assistant Director Jacqueline Liñan continue to work tirelessly to ensure the continued success of the mariachi program. To make a donation or for further information, call Bryant Webster Dual Language ECE - 8 School at 720-424-9170.

Wonderbound

Marian Faustino and Damien Patterson in Garrett Ammon's From Darkness to Light. Photo by Amanda Tipton

Marian Faustino and Damien Patterson in Garrett Ammon's From Darkness to Light. Photo by Amanda Tipton

The philosophy of Wonderbound centers around three fundamental values: community, collaboration, creation. Under the artistic direction of Garrett Ammon and Dawn Fay, a radiant energy has grown around the 11 exemplary dancers that make up Wonderbound. Each dancer is valued for the unique personal perspective they bring to the studio process, building a whole greater than its parts. Free to "unzip their souls," these artists are continually evolving as they explore their humanity through movement. From creating new works with Ammon to utilizing the talents of various musicians, poets and visual artists, Wonderbound's dancers bring their considerable classical prowess to the table while simultaneously tapping into a vulnerability that strips away pretense.

Wonderbound is delighted to present an excerpt from the world premiere, Memories and Well Grounded Hopes, choreographed by Artistic Director Garrett Ammon, featuring all new music by the klezmer fusion band Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe. This new project grew out of the acclaimed production, A Journey of the Human Spirit, which was presented in January 2013 in collaboration with Central City Opera, The Colorado Symphony, The Mizel Arts and Culture Center, and The Newman Center.

Keynote Address, Part One

Monday, September 16
8:30 – 8:50 p.m.

Ayanna Hudson
Director of Arts Education
National Endowment for the Arts

Ayanna Hudson

Photo by Gregory Gilmer

Ayanna N. Hudson is the director of arts education for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), where she presides over the grant portfolio devoted to arts education, works with national service organizations on policy initiatives and serves as the spokesperson for arts education at the federal level.

The NEA's arts education program supports projects that provide children and youth with opportunities to gain knowledge and skills in the arts both in and outside the classroom. Funding also supports professional development for teachers, teaching artists and other education providers.

Hudson was the director of arts education with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission for more than 10 years. She developed and led the implementation of the Arts for All collaborative, ensuring equitable access to arts education for 1.6 million students in the county's 81 school districts, the largest educational system in the country. Arts for All was cited in 2008 by the RAND Corporation as among the top three collaborations nationwide in its study Revitalizing Arts Education through Community-wide Coordination. Arts for All received the 2011 Arts Education Award from the national service organization Americans for the Arts.

Hudson is a sought-after expert in arts education, having testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee and The Aspen Institute's blue ribbon committee on the impact of No Child Left Behind.

Prior to her work in Los Angeles, Hudson managed the School Arts Program at the Fulton County Department of Arts and Culture in Atlanta, Georgia. She has a B.A. in psychology from Spelman College and a specialized master's degree in education in risk and prevention from Harvard University.

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Keynote Address, Part Two

Tuesday, September 17
9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Ayanna Hudson

Panel: Model Examples of Cross-Sector Collaborations, Alternative Ways to Leverage Investments, and Creative Uses of Research and Data

Tuesday, September 17
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Facilitator: Sandra Ruppert

Panelists:

John Epps
District Performing Arts Coordinator
Denver Public Schools

John Epps

John Epps is in his fifth year as district performing arts coordinator for Denver Public Schools. The four years prior he did district arts coordination for Douglas County Schools in the south Denver metro area. Epps has taught K-12 music and middle school/high school drama for 20 years in the Colorado Springs area.

He has most recently been chair of Colorado Association for Music Curriculum and Instruction, part of Colorado Music Educators' Association, and is a board member with Arts for Colorado. Epps served on the music subcommittee for the new Colorado Academic Standards and the Content Collaborative focused on assessment in music.

Diana Green
Arts in Education Program Manager
Alabama State Council on the Arts

Diana Green

Diana Green received her M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine. She has produced numerous classical and modern works. As director of the dance program at Huntingdon College, she founded the first preK-12 certification program in dance in the state of Alabama. Currently, as arts in education program manager, Green designs and teaches integrated K-12 curriculum and consults for school systems, administrators, teachers and artists to strategically plan and implement arts programs in Alabama schools. Her newest pilot program takes advantage of Alabama's strong core of trained teaching artists, placing them in schools for short-term residencies where they collaborate with a targeted group of students and teachers to address an academic challenge identified by the school. Using concept based curriculum design, Green blends concepts through two or more content areas, using performance tasks as assessment tools. She is also implementing theories from Universal Design for Learning to insure each student is included. Her new pilot program has formal evaluation throughout the process in order to collect data to both grow the program and advocate for its success.

Since beginning her tenure at the Alabama State Council on the Arts in 2004. Green has immersed herself in education policy and methods of embedding the arts in the curriculum. She became involved in advocacy for arts education and spearheaded three statewide arts education summits. She is now leading a statewide arts education task force to design a comprehensive plan for arts education in Alabama, implementing a strong partnership between the Alabama State Department of Education and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Cherity Koepke
Director of Education & Community Engagement
Opera Colorado Young Artists

Cherity Koepke

Lyric soprano Cherity Koepke began singing at the age of 15 and has performed such roles as Fantine (Les Misérables), Guinevere (Camelot), Maria (The Sound of Music) and the Baker's Wife (Into the Woods). In 2004, she won the prestigious Thespian Tribute award for her performance of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. She attended the University of New Mexico, where she earned her degree in child psychology and behavioral studies. Koepke also majored in theatrical performance, focusing on directing in addition to vocal performance. In 2001, Koepke began working as a behavior specialist with the Albuquerque Public School System, where she incorporated her training in music and theater into her students' curriculum. She continued to study theatre, becoming a Shakespearian trained actress through the Addison program. She has performed such roles as Katherine (Taming the Shrew), Ophelia (Hamlet) and Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing).

Well-versed in both performing and directing the classics, Koepke has directed productions including Inherit the Wind, The Tempest, A Little Night Music, The Pirates of Penzance and A Lion in Winter. Her operatic work began in 2002 with the Santa Fe Opera as an artist-in-residence, where she performed various roles throughout New Mexico including Norma (Norma) and Liu (Turandot). During the 2006 and 2007 seasons, Koepke performed with the Santa Fe Opera at the National Hispanic Cultural Center's Disney Theater in Albuquerque. She also served as director, librettist and vocal coach for their Let's Make an Opera program. Koepke came to Opera Colorado in 2007, where she directs the company's Young Artists residency program. She has directed Opera Colorado's touring productions of Romeo and Juliet, Hansel and Gretel, The Barber of Seville and Carmen. She continues to perform in the Denver area, and has been recently recognized for her work as a Gaelic vocalist, performing in Colorado and Ireland.

Christie Lynch Ebert
Section Chief, K-12 Program Areas
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Christie Lynch Ebert

Christie Lynch Ebert has a bachelor of music degree in music education from Meredith College and a master of music in music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Lynch Ebert joined the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 1999, where she currently serves as a section chief for the areas of arts education, English as a second language and world languages, while continuing responsibilities in the areas of dance and music education and liaison to the A+ Schools Program. Prior to joining the public schools of North Carolina, she taught music, dance and drama in the Wake County public school system. After leaving the classroom, Lynch Ebert served as a member of the Wake County Instructional Assistance Team, where she worked with instructional programs at schools throughout the system to increase student achievement in all areas.

Lynch Ebert devotes a large amount of time to statewide and national partnerships and initiatives such as NC: The State of the Arts; Arts Education and 21st Century Skills; the national Education Leadership Institute; The Balanced Curriculum; Arts and Curriculum Integration; and developing and providing professional development opportunities for educators and administrators. She serves in an ex-officio advisory capacity to statewide arts education professional associations, has been a keynote speaker and has authored articles and documents for state and national publications. Lynch Ebert has served as a member, regional representative, writer, presenter and collaborator with the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, serves on the board of the Music Education Program Leaders for the National Association for Music Education, and serves on the Arts Academic Advisory Committee for the College Board. While she enjoys working with all areas of the curriculum, she has a passion for the integral role of arts education as part of a comprehensive education for all children.

Banu Valladares
Arts in Education Director
North Carolina Arts Council

Banu Valladares

A native of Venezuela, Banu Valladares graduated with a master's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she taught composition. She has taught English as a second language at the middle school, community college and university levels as well as K-14 Spanish. For seven years, Valladares was a teaching artist, conducting long-term residencies (4-10 weeks) in public schools, integrating creative writing and the arts into the curriculum.

After working at the Durham Arts Council as the director of arts in education and community partnerships, Valladares joined the North Carolina Arts Council in 2007 to manage cARTwheels, a performing arts touring program for young people. She served as the literature director, outreach coordinator and cARTwheels manager before becoming the arts in education director. In this capacity, she works with arts and community organizations, schools and school systems, and artists to expand and enhance the quality of arts in education through school based artist residencies, touring performances, workshops, development of curriculum and teaching materials, professional development, and innovative partnerships in the state. Valladares continues to serve as the outreach coordinator for the arts council, enhancing the capacity of community based African American, Asian American, Latino and Native American arts organizations. She is a writer and has published a book of poetry, Gypsy Child. She is also an actress, whose film credits include: Angelica's Dreams Generation Exile, Blood and Honey, Roberto's Dreams and The Ultimate Life.

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National Standards: How Can State Arts Agencies and Departments of Education Work Together to Adopt and Implement the New Arts Standards?

Tuesday, September 17
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Lynn Tuttle

Supporting Arts Education with Public Policy: How Do We Position Ourselves as Leaders in the Field?

Wednesday, September 18
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Sandra Ruppert

SEADAE and AE Managers Visioning Session and Collective Action Planning

Wednesday, September 18
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Marcia A. McCaffrey
Education Consultant for the Arts, New Hampshire Department of Education
President-Elect, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education

Marcia McCaffrey

As the arts consultant for the New Hampshire Department of Education, Marcia McCaffrey leads the state's public education sector in policy development for arts education, assessing student learning in the arts and defining quality school-based arts programs for New Hampshire. McCaffrey is currently president-elect of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) and represents SEADAE on the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) leadership team. NCCAS is revising national voluntary arts standards in dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts.

McCaffrey's past experience includes serving as a National Endowment for the Arts grant panelist for Learning in the Arts, dance category; serving as a steering committee member for the State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards/Arts Consortium, a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers; and presenting at national conferences on topics including the power of arts assessment to change teaching and learning and the new national core arts standards. Seminal work includes partnering with the Vermont Department of Education for four summers to run the New England Arts Assessment Institute and partnering with the New Hampshire State Arts Council and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire on the report, Measuring Up: New Hampshire Arts Education Data Project.

As a practicing dance educator who has worked in a variety of settings, from public schools in Montclair, New Jersey, to higher education in Eugene, Oregon, and directing a seniors dance company in Ithaca, New York, McCaffrey brings practical experience to her work. She has found a new application for her skill set as a facilitator and consensus builder—work that requires planning, performance, patience and people skills.

Lynn Tuttle

 

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