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Guild Honors Two Extraordinary Arts Education Leaders

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Oct 26, 2011

On Saturday, November 11, Jane Golden and Michael Yaffe were honored at the Guild's Annual Awards Luncheon at the Conference for Community Arts Education in Boston.

Jane Golden, executive director of the Mural Arts Program in Phildadelphia, is this year’s recipient of the National Guild Leadership Award. The Leadership Award was created in 1973 and is conferred annually to an individual or institution whose work is nationally recognized as exemplifying and promoting the ideals to which the National Guild and its members are dedicated. We are pleased to honor Golden for her lifelong dedication to social justice and pioneering work in urban transformation through art. The innovative models she has developed, in bringing together art education and workforce development, and through public/private partnerships, have had a profound impact on our field. Prior recipients of this award have included Max Roach, Dr. Billy Taylor, Anna Deavere Smith, Liz Lerman, Jane Alexander, Howard Gardner, MetLife Foundation, Gigi Antoni and Jacques D’Amboise.

Michael Yaffe, associate dean of the Yale School of Music in New Haven, CT, will receive the National Guild Service Award. This award (formerly The President’s Award) was established in 1989 and is offered for outstanding achievement to individuals who have given exceptional service to the National Guild and the community arts education movement. Past recipients include: Betty Allen, Lolita and Azim Mayadas, Robert Capanna, Stephen Shapiro and Ed Farmilant. Yaffe has been dedicated to the growth of our field for nearly 35 years. Prior to taking the helm at the Yale School of Music in 2006, he served as executive director of The Hartt School of the University of Hartford from 1986 to 2006, greatly increasing its student population, expanding its faculty and initiating new programs to make high quality arts education accessible to all. Yaffe was a member of the Guild’s board of trustees from 1999 to 2006 and is currently chair of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Precollege Arts Schools. He also served on the board of the National Association of Schools of Music and was chair of its non-degree-granting commission.


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