What’s New at Art in Action

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Dear Friends,

As we move through the summer months, we hope you are enjoying long days, warm nights and family vacations. We also hope you have the opportunity to build on your children’s Art in Action education by visiting art shows and museums in your community and beyond. You might be surprised to learn how much knowledge they have about a particular artist or art movement. As we learned from Stanford University’s Gardner Center study, an important outcome of the Art in Action program is exposure to the art world in and beyond the classroom.

For the Art in Action staff and board, the quiet summer months are spent gearing up for a new school year when parent volunteers and teachers deliver our program to thousands of schoolchildren across the country. Our attentions are focused on new funding opportunities, fall docent training sessions, website updates, materials fulfillment and an Executive Director search. In addition, thanks to an amazing pro bono opportunity, Art in Action is teaming with a  Wharton School MBA graduate to develop a long-term strategic plan. The strategy aims to achieve growth, efficiency, and reach through three specific areas: business and program development; strategic partnerships; and the creation of a focused theory of change incorporating results from The Gardner Center study. Initial work will be completed in August.

This summer we also said goodbye to three outstanding board members whose terms expired in June. Denise Shackleton, Anne Campbell and Jim Garrison each served nine years, and worked tirelessly to bring their skills, knowledge and passion for Art in Action to the table. And we welcomed six new members to the board: Alejandra Elam, Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing, Evolent Health; Corey Ray Houmand, Litigation Associate, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP; Josh Miller, Vice President, Supply Chain, Shutterfly.com; Rebecca Stroy, Category Manager, Zazzle; Cathy Tokic,Community Volunteer; and Lisa Zachry, Retired School District Administrator. We are confident these talented people, along with our remaining board members and staff, are the right team to guide the organization from an interim phase to a future of critical growth.


Lori Rhodes and Rodney Toy, Co-Chairpersons