Opera Conference 2014: Audiences Reimagined

Leading Collective Impact
Learn how opera companies and education directors can take the lead in collective impact, a model that brings organizations from different sectors together to strengthen communities. ADMAS KANYAGIA of FSG, a nonprofit consulting firm, leads an introductory presentation on these strategies in arts education. Learn how San Francisco Bay Area arts education leaders put this into action to tell a collective story and involve representatives from government and school districts. In founding the Creative Impact alliance, they work together to strengthen, enrich and improve the social fabric of the community through arts education. Moderated by RUTH NOTT, director of education, San Francisco Opera. Panelists include RACHEL OSAJIMA, director, Alameda County Arts Commission; SUSAN STAUTER, artistic director, San Francisco Unified School District; LOUISE MUSIC, executive director, Alameda County Office of Education Department of Integrated Learning; JESSICA MELE, executive director, Performing Arts Workshop.


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Speaker Information
Admas comes to FSG with an "on-the-ground" perspective to social impact consulting. She has had the unique experience of working on strategy, program design, implementation and evaluation. While at FSG, Admas has completed projects in Shared Value (with technology companies) and Catalytic Philanthropy (with community foundations). Prior to FSG, Admas worked for Accenture's Public Sector and Non-Profit practices in Washington D.C. As a Strategy Manager, she helped guide federal agencies, arts institutions and non-profit organizations in strategy development, organizational design, business process improvement and systems implementation. Her social sector experience comes from her work with Skid Row Housing Trust, a non-profit affordable housing developer in Skid Row, Los Angeles. Admas has a M.A. in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a B.A from Stanford University.

JESSICA MELE, executive director, Performing Arts Workshop
Jessica Mele is Executive Director at Performing Arts Workshop, a 49-year old arts education organization in San Francisco. She also currently serves as the Advocacy Co-Chair for the Arts Provider's Alliance of San Francisco and as a member of the steering committees of Teaching Artists Organized and the Alameda County Office of Education's Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership. Prior to joining the Workshop, Mele managed the budget, evaluation, data, and reporting of the academic research projects of Marshall Ganz at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and French Studies from Smith College and an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She recently co-authored, with Workshop Program Director Karena Salmond, "Journey: Identity and Language Development through the Arts," in The Arts and Emergent Bilingual Youth (Routledge, 2013). Mele is herself an actor, writer, producer and director with San Francisco's PianoFight Theater Company.

LOUISE MUSIC, executive director, Alameda County Office of Education Department of Integrated Learning
Louise Music is the Executive Director of the Department of Integrated Learning at the Alameda County Office of Education. In this capacity, Music is responsible for regional programming and coordination among seven Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Napa and Solano in the areas of service learning, civic engagement, environmental education, arts learning, technology integration, student wellness and school culture in both in and out of school time. A visionary leader and bold advocate for equity in education, Music has developed innovative models for supporting professional practice and tapping creative capacities of educators for deepening and continuously improving teaching and learning. Music is the founder and Director for the Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership, and helped to launch the current strategic plan: Mapping the Next 10 Years: a collective impact approach to transitions from successful isolated programming to sustained and systemic social change through arts and social practice. Music has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Arts in Education from Mills College and an Administrative Credential from Cal State East Bay. Recent publications include “Arts Learning as Equitable and Meaningful Education,” in Artful Teaching (Teacher’s College Press, June 2010).

RUTH NOTT, director of education, San Francisco Opera (moderator)
Ruth Nott is San Francisco Opera Association’s first full-time Director of Education, overseeing a department that provides opera education programs for K-12 schools, universities, families and adults of all ages throughout the bay area. Ms. Nott has over 20 of experience in the opera industry and over 16 in opera education. Ms. Nott came to San Francisco from New York City where she was Director of Programs for the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Education Department. In this role she oversaw the development, implementation and evaluation of multiple arts education partnerships with schools in the city, tri-state area and nationwide. Prior to working with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Ms. Nott worked for New York City Opera’s Education and Community Service Department. Ms. Nott also has worked with IMG Artists, the Aspen Music Festival & School, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Illinois Wesleyan University and has sung with many vocal ensembles and is currently with the Resound Ensemble.

RACHEL OSAJIMA, director, Alameda County Arts Commission
Rachel Osajima is the Executive Director of the Alameda County Arts Commission. Ms. Osajima has over twenty years of experience working in leadership positions for a wide range of S.F. Bay Area civic and community based arts organizations.

SUSAN STAUTER, artistic director, San Francisco Unified School District.
Arts educator, advocate and workshop leader Susan Stauter is currently the Artistic Director for the San Francisco Unified School District. She served on the Steering Committee and was instrumental in the creation and ongoing work of the SFUSD’s acclaimed Arts Education Master Plan. She was the Founding Chair of the Department of Theatre of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and went on to serve as Conservatory Director for the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She has worked as a writer/director for Disney, Anaheim and has consulted for numerous organizations, including the Grammy Foundation, the New World Symphony, the Leonard Bernstein Center for Artful Learning and the Ten Chimneys Foundation. She has presented keynotes for national and international organizations, including the National League of Symphony Orchestras Youth and Outreach Managers, the Theatre Educators of America, the Small Schools of New Zealand and the International Thespian Organization. Ms Stauter is the recipient of numerous awards, including the San Francisco Ballet’s Choose to Move Award, the International Arts Schools Network Founders Award and most recently the Pacific Musical Society’s Symphony of Excellence Award, presented in December of 2013.
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