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Panel Announcement - Building a Community: Using Arts Education to Empower Youth Voice

In partnership with Americans for the Arts, we are presenting Building a Community: Using Arts Education to Empower Youth Voice. The arts are vital to community development. The education of young people is a responsibility of our communities. How can we leverage the transformative power of the arts to build youth voice? How can youth voice inform our creative communities?

These questions and more will be at the center of the conversation with national leaders in arts education and community development. With the burgeoning field of Creative Youth Development, learn about the most effective programs and strategies which fuel the national movement to empower student voice through the arts. Meet the incredible docket of speakers below.

Carol A. Bogash, panelist

Carol A. Bogash has been dedicated to creating entrepreneurial and educational programs in the arts, humanities, and sciences providing enriching opportunities for learners of all ages and diverse communities. Currently, she is Vice President of Education and Community Engagement at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, responsible for a large number of programs engaging all ages from the very young to those who are retired, including the award-winning BSO OrchKids. From 2007-2011 she served as the Director of Education for the Washington Performing Arts Society, overseeing a variety of programs reaching more than 100,000 people each year.

As the Director of Educational and Cultural Programs at The Smithsonian Associates for more than 11 years, she was responsible for over 1,500 educational programs annually, including lectures, seminars, courses, Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre, studio arts, performances, summer camp, study tours and national outreach. Prior to working at the Smithsonian, Ms. Bogash was General Manager of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra (FL), Director of the Non-Credit Liberal Arts Program and of the Master of Interdisciplinary Science Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Continuing Studies, Orchestra Manager for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and taught at the Peabody Institute of Music and in the Baltimore City Public School System.

In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Palmes Academiques by the French government for her broad areas of work in education and specifically on projects devoted to furthering a better understanding and appreciation for French culture.

Jon Hinojosa, Panelist

Jon Hinojosa serves as the Artistic/Executive Director of SAY Sí, an award-winning creative youth development program. The tuition-free program encompasses five multidisciplinary arts programs and is situated in a state-of-the-art facility in San Antonio Texas.

He serves as a trustee for the National Guild for Community Arts Education, helping lead their Creative Youth Development initiative. SAY Sí was recently chosen as an international Creative Catalyst Awardee by Adobe. Creative Catalysts are exemplary, community-based youth organizations that support young people’s creative development and engage creativity as a force for positive youth development and social change.

He hopes his legacy will be inspiring and educating the next generation of our nation’s creative leaders.

Robyne Walker Murphy, Panelist

Robyne Walker Murphy is the Director of Membership Development and Engagement at the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Prior to the Guild, she served as the Director of the DreamYard Art Center in the South Bronx for seven years. During that time, she helped lead the organization through the development of arts and social justice programming and community engagement initiatives. Under her direction, DreamYard Art Center was recognized by the White House as one of the top 12 out of school programs in the nation. Robyne accepted the award from First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House ceremony.

Jeff M. Poulin, Moderator

Jeff M. Poulin joined the arts education team at Americans for the Arts in 2013. He works to empower local, state and federal supporters of arts education to become effective advocates to advance policies supportive of equitable access to arts education for all students.

In his role at Americans for the Arts, Jeff has trained over 10,000 advocates in all 50 states. He was also instrumental in the publication of the 2014 National Core Arts Standards, a leader in the creative youth development movement, and a founding board member of the Innovation Collaborative. Before arriving in DC, Jeff worked for several nonprofit and commercial organizations in the US and abroad focused primarily in production and programming, audience development, research and policy. Notably, he was a chief advisor on the implementation of the first national Arts in Education Charter under the directions of the Ministers of Arts and Education in the Republic of Ireland. Jeff frequently speaks at a number of nonprofit organizations and universities.

Jeff hails from Portland, Maine and holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Business from Oklahoma City University.


The Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium will take place March 6th at Katzen Arts Center. Purchase tickets here.

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