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CAELI Alum Appointed NEA Director of Arts Education

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Apr 12, 2012

This morning, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced the appointment of CAELI alum, Ayanna Hudson, to the position of director of arts education. Hudson approaches her new position having previously worked as the program manager with the School Arts Program at, Guild member, Fulton County Arts Council, and as director of arts education with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. "We at the Guild are thrilled to have such a knowledgeable and accomplished leader in this position," said Guild executive director, Jonathan Herman.

The NEA's arts education program supports projects that provide children and youth with opportunities to gain knowledge and skills in the arts both in and outside the classroom. Funding also supports professional development for teachers, teaching artists, and other education providers. Hudson will be responsible for managing all stages of the grantmaking process including convening the panels that review applications, working with national service organizations on policy initiatives, and serving as the spokesperson for arts education at the federal level.

"I am pleased to welcome Ayanna Hudson to the National Endowment for the Arts," said Chairman Rocco Landesman. "Ayanna has built and led an extraordinary program at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. That pioneering work will be a tremendous asset to the NEA as we seek to strengthen our investment in the creative lives of our nation's young people."

"I have a profound belief in the mission of the National Endowment for the Arts and I am deeply honored to serve the agency and the residents of the United States in this capacity," said Hudson. "It is with passion and enthusiasm that I join the team at the NEA and I look forward to spearheading strategic efforts to impact the lives of millions of youth through the arts."

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Pictured Above: NEA Director of Arts Education, Ayanna Hudson. Photo by Gregory Gilmer

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