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Grantmakers in the Arts Web Event: Arts Education Funders Coalition K-12 Education Policy Agenda

Date & Time: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2:00
EDT/ 11:00 PDT

Presented by:
Alex Nock, executive vice president, Penn Hill Group
Janet Brown, president & CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts

Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) formed the Arts Education Funders Coalition in the spring of 2012 for funders concerned with arts education. One of the purposes of the group is to investigate ways to embed the arts into current federal education policy. Working with the Penn Hill Group, an education policy firm in Washington, DC, the coalition’s Advisory Committee has created an agenda that encompasses several opportunities for arts education. If any or all of these strategies are successful, local districts will be able to access more federal funds and grow awareness and support for arts education in their states and communities. Alex Nock, executive vice president at Penn Hill Group, and Janet Brown, president & CEO of GIA, will review the agenda and answer your questions. Webconference participants can access the agenda here.

GIA Web Conferences are open to everyone; registration is free for members and $35 for non-members. Arts Education Funders Coalition K-12 Education Policy Agenda is the fifth installment in GIA’s evolving, field-responsive 2012 Web Conference Series.

Presenter Bios:

ALEX NOCK is executive vice president at Penn Hill Group.
During his seventeen years in Washington, D.C., he has been a part of
every major piece of federal education and disability policy
legislation. Prior to his position with Penn Hill Group, from 2007-10,
Nock served as the Democratic deputy staff director for the U.S. House
Committee on Education and Labor. He has led numerous reauthorizations
while working on Capitol Hill, including the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act, the Workforce Investment Act, the Higher
Education Act, and the Head Start Act. He was one of the lead staff
members responsible for the No Child Left Behind Act. Nock has also
played key roles in the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the Edward M. Kennedy
Serve America Act. Nock previously served as the director of the
Commission on No Child Left Behind, a bipartisan, independent effort
to improve the No Child Left Behind Act. Prior to the commission, he
developed education and social policy on Capitol Hill. He held several
positions, including education coordinator for the U.S. House
Committee on Education and the Workforce, where he spearheaded all
Democratic policy and politics on higher education, elementary and
secondary education, workforce and job training, disability policy and
other social service issues. Nock also worked for Rep. Matthew G.
Martinez (D-CA), the Human Resources Subcommittee, the U.S. House
Committee on Education and Labor, and Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD).

JANET BROWN, president & CEO at GIA, is a nationally known
consultant, speaker and teacher. Until recently, she was an adjunct
faculty member at Goucher College, Baltimore, MD teaching Public
Policy and the Arts. Prior to GIA, she was Chair of Performing and
Visual Arts at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and Executive
Director of South Dakotans for the Arts and the SD Alliance for Arts
Education. She began her arts management career in theatre where her
work included Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival, the
American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and national and
European tours. She began her theatre career as an actress at the
Black Hills Playhouse and was co-owner of the Deadwood Production
Company for ten years. A registered lobbyist for 15 years, Janet
received numerous awards for arts advocacy including the Selena
Roberts Ottum Award from Americans for the Arts, Washington, DC, and
the Robert Gard Award from the University of Massachusetts Arts
Extension Service (AES), Amherst. She’s served on many local and
national boards of directors including Americans for the Arts and the
American Folklife Center and has been a panelist and site evaluator
for the National Endowment for the Arts and several state arts
agencies. She has an undergraduate degree in Theatre and a Masters of
Public Administration.

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