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Barbara Drucker named the inaugural Associate Dean, Community Engagement and Arts Education

originally posted by UC Los Angeles
July 4, 2014

Professor Barbara Drucker, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Arts Education, has been named the inaugural Associate Dean, Community Engagement and Arts Education for the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.

Barbara will transition from her role as Associate Dean, Academic Affairs into the new title effective July 1, 2014. She will maintain her role as Director of our Visual and Performing Arts Education Program (VAPAE), functioning as its administrator and supervising academic.

As Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Arts Education, Barbara will continue to build on her outstanding 31-year career at UCLA as a creative, passionate, and highly effective faculty member, practicing artist, and administrator. This new role will allow Barbara to concentrate her efforts on the important work of promoting and expanding our community engagement and arts education programs. There is no one more qualified to represent the School in this role than Barbara: her longstanding commitment to the arts provides a substantial foundation from which she will continue to leverage UCLA Arts’ excellence and further expand our collaborative relationships in the community.

During her tenure in the Dean’s office, Barbara has played an active role within and beyond our School, representing the arts on numerous campuswide committees, at arts education and advocacy conferences, and on task forces and committees in California and nationally.

Barbara has been an advocate for arts education throughout her career and an eloquent spokesperson for the importance of early and life-long exposure to arts education. As Director of Arts Education, Barbara transformed the School’s nascent arts education program into an extensive school-wide program. Because of the VAPAE Program, UCLA has become known locally and nationally as an innovative leader in progressive arts education.

Since 2011, Barbara has helped to secure nearly $1.3 million in support for arts education and community engagement programs at the School. As she assumes her new position, I have complete confidence that she will continue to provide distinguished leadership for these important programs as we head into UCLA’s Centennial Campaign.

Barbara earned a B.A. and M.F.A. in Art with an emphasis in painting and drawing from UCLA. After graduating, Barbara returned as a teaching apprentice and lecturer in the Art department for several years before formally joining the faculty of the Art department in 1983. From 2000–2006, she served as Chair of the Department of Art and in 2008, was named Associate Dean, Academic Affairs for the School of the Arts and Architecture.

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