February 2020 Member Briefing: The Arts Education Network Council

Recorded On: 02/25/2020

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February 2020 Member Briefing:

The Arts Education Network Council

February 25, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

About the Member Briefing

This month we will be joined by Kelly Fey Bolender, Arts Education Program Manager at Americans for the Arts. Kelly will be informing us of the priorities of the Americans for the Arts Arts Education Network Council for 2020 and beyond!

About the Arts Education Network:

The field of arts education is a complex ecosystem. Americans for the Arts plays a unique and specific role in connecting the national, state, and local efforts to advance arts education. By striving to build leadership, create a value proposition for arts education, and increase tools and resources that support the field, this ecosystem becomes more powerful than the sum of each of its parts. Americans for the Arts works with its Arts Education Network of arts educational professionals to affect change on the national, state, and local levels. 


Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! Mark your calendars for the third Tuesday of every month at 3pm to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so please let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting Michael Hornbuckle at mhornbuckle@artsusa.org.

We firmly believe that our #AFTAmember network is one of our strongest resources, so after our update, we’ll open the floor up to your questions, comments, recommendations, and lessons learned – we hope you’ll take advantage of each other’s expertise!

Michael Hornbuckle

Membership Manager, Americans for the Arts

Michael Hornbuckle was born and raised in Potomac, MD. He received B.S. Business Administration from Tennessee State University, where he also played football.  He has been working in membership for 15 years, most recently with the National Retail Federation as the Membership Manager. As the Membership Manager at Americans for the Arts, he is responsible for increasing membership and retention and creating programs and benefits for members to improve the overall member experience.  At the National Retail Federation, he oversaw a number of communities and committees. On the side, he enjoys cooking, traveling and still participating in sports through "Old Man" Leagues.

Kelly Fey Bolender

Arts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

Kelly Fey Bolender currently serves as Arts Education Program Manager for Americans for the Arts. Formerly, she held the position of Associate Director of Education at the Boch Center in Boston, MA. While serving as Associate Director, she led the Boch Center’s flagship arts-based youth leadership and employment programs, including the nationally-recognized City Spotlights Summer Leadership Program and Teen Leadership Council. Additionally at the Boch Center, she developed and facilitated arts-based literacy curriculum for the Target Arts In-School Residency Program and the Dudley Library Arts Festival. She also worked extensively in college and career readiness training for high school students, developing innovative programming for the Boch Center and the Universities at Shady Grove.

Kelly centers her work on inclusivity and expanding access in the arts. Her original research exploring best practices for inclusivity and representation of marginalized populations in theatre for young audiences (TYA) in the United States is featured in the award-winning anthology of Latinx TYA, Palabras del Cielo: An Exploration of Latin@ Theatre for Young Audiences.

She served on the Board of Directors for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) and the New England Theatre Conference. She earned a Master’s in Theatre Education with a concentration in Theatre and Community from Emerson College, a Bachelor's degree in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a certification in the Advancing Youth Development curriculum for youth workers.

Twitter: @ArtsEdKelly

Website: AmericansForTheArts.org

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