It is this passion for arts and arts integration and the desire to reach all children that drive each one of us at Arts for Learning (formerly Young Audiences of Maryland), but we wouldn't be able to do the work we do, and we wouldn't be able to reach the children we reach without the unwavering support of our board members.

-Stacie Sanders Evans, President + CEO

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Managing Partner, Sellman Hoff, LLC
Committees: Executive, Bridging the Inspiration Gap

"I am excited to join the Arts for Learning board because it attracts passionate people who want to make a difference and who want to bring artistic, emotional, and intellectual growth to the children of our community."


Retired Speech-Language Pathologist
Committee: Bridging the Inspiration Gap

"I am interested in the education of children. Arts for Learning facilitates the enhancement of the school experience through the arts which is key to any long-term learning experience. Arts for Learning's focus on giving teachers the tools to continue using the arts in the curriculum is essential for the success of both Arts for Learning and the school programs. I am excited that Arts for Learning is now bringing this experience to children in preschool."


Partner, Hertzbach & Company, P.A.
Committees: Executive, Finance, Board Development

"I believe education is the solution to our problems in society. We all learn differently, so each child should have the opportunity to experience the arts. It may be what works for them. I choose to dedicate time to Arts for Learning to support these beliefs and to help create an education system that challenges each child's mind and feeds their soul. Also, I enjoy being part of the Arts for Learning community of board, staff, and artists. They are my friends."


Senior Real Estate Counsel, Wexford Science + Technology
Committees: Executive, Risk Management

"I am excited about the work of Arts for Learning. I believe in the importance of the arts in education and think every child should have opportunities to experience the arts. Arts for Learning is working hard to make this a reality. I can appreciate that much has been accomplished by Arts for Learning, yet much remains to be done. I want to help with the work so that the organization can continue to grow and serve as many children as possible. Being a part of this organization is important to me because music, visual, and performing arts played a prominent role in my childhood and education and I enjoy working with people who are full of creative energy and recognize the importance of arts programming in education."


Director, Organizational Development, Annie E. Casey Strategic Consulting Group
Committees: Executive, Board Development, Race Equity

"I have recently relocated to the Maryland area and have finally settled down. This is now becoming home. As such, I have an interest in investing some of my time and resources towards making this a better place to live and work. Serving through Arts for Learning enables me to blends three of my interests; (1) helping children, (2) the arts, and (3) improving education. I have actively served children in several capacities dating back to college and this is central to my professional life at the Casey Foundation. Although I do not perform, I am a lover of the arts and have supported and been members of both large and small art companies and supported mainstream and lesser known local artists. Finally, improving life outcomes through education is my passion."


Ideation and Marketing Research Consultant, Brain Pot Pie
Committee: 50,000 Kids

"I know the arts have the power to make kids smarter, less stressed, and more self-aware and self-confident (for example, my childhood efforts in music built confidence from performing, "brain wiring" from memorizing a piece, and math/logic skills from learning complex rhythms). I hate that our culture today strictly chases test scores, stats, and the 3 Rs, yet marginalizes multisensory/arts experiences that are proven to impact those very goals. Arts for Learning is doing yeoman's work. We have enormous potential to become more known, used, and valued across the state. I'm eager to help."


Advisor, Health Services for the Health Services Division at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Committee: 50,000 Kids

"I feel that Arts for Learning is a worthy cause because the organization provides a service that I wish I had when I was a child. Since learning is so critical to the development of our youth, I believe it tends to get lost on people that not every person learns the same way. Our current education system has such a one-size-fits-all model that does not always work, and Arts for Learning provides an alternative. I was very encouraged and impressed with the idea of bringing the arts into the learning environment, and I hope as many people as possible can take advantage of it."


Interior Designer

"I have, over the last 19 years, devoted myself to many different projects and programs which touch children's lives. I am particularly interested in programs that introduce less fortunate children to new ideas that may serve as a spark for a brighter future for them. I was very excited to learn about Arts for Learning because I could relate to the arts programs, because it was through the arts that I found my path from engineering to interior design. I want to help strengthen the work of Arts for Learning - exposing more children to the arts, helping them to gain both a greater appreciation for the arts and find their true passion and calling."


Partner, Hogan Lovells US, LLP
Committee: 50,000 Kids

"I have been impressed by the work that Arts for Learning does and support the organization's mission. I particularly like the fact that the programs have a positive impact on everyone involved (students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and artists)."


Director, Assistant Market Head, UBS Financial Services
Committee: 50,000 Kids

"I was fortunate as a child to have a father who was fiercely committed to my education and in making sure I was well rounded-even in the arts. As a child, I often took this for granted, and it wasn't until I got to college that I truly began to realize how fortunate I was and specifically realized that I had three things that gave me an advantage: I realized that the unlimited access I had to learning, the attention I had to ensure I excelled, and the accountability I had to ensure I remained motivated and focused was uncommon.

As I continued to take more education classes and economics classes, it became painfully apparent that there was a very narrow mold that exists for students to learn and that the creativity to help children learn is fairly restricted. As these two subjects intersected, the economics of education were in favor of people like me: people with unlimited access, attention, and accountability. It was at that point that I knew I wanted to get involved with an organization that would help deliver that access and attention to children in a way that was transformative. Arts for Learning was a perfect fit, which is why I chose to intern for them for a few summers in college.

Today, despite working in a completely different industry, Arts for Learning is still a special organization to me. I still believe that education can be a great equalizer. I believe that regardless of our political or religious views, the power of education for children and the possibilities a good education can provide create unlimited opportunities that should be available to every student. And I believe that Arts for Learning is the organization that can bridge the education gap that many students face. The arts-integrated model that Arts for Learning is committed to can help narrow the education gap that takes place for many students and also help children to thrive in a way that traditional curriculums and testing methods do not support."


Principal, Washington National Tax, Deloitte Tax LLP
Committee: 50,000 Kids

"I am committed to providing opportunities for kids to experience and participate in the arts. I am also excited by the efforts Arts for Learning is making to expand into summer school programs."


Chief Customer Officer, Ruffalo, Noel, Levitz
Committee: Corporate Engagement

"As a young person, I had the benefit of being exposed to many different extra-curricular activities that made me who I am today: band, speech & debate, choir, art. These "non-academic" endeavors were crucial to my personal and professional development, and make me who I am today as an adult, husband, and business leader. Professionally, I have been working in the education space for more than 15 years now, having been in leadership roles at several different education companies. I have seen firsthand how the arts and extra-curricular activities have been virtually eliminated from many schools. I firmly believe that we are doing a disservice to children, families, and society by eliminating options for children to express themselves and learn through exposure to - and integration of - the arts in our schools. I view this opportunity with Arts for Learning as a great way for me to begin giving back to the community and to the institutions that I care so deeply about."


VP of Human Resources, BGE
Committee: Bridging the Inspiration Gap

"I love the mission and the cause!"


Former Maryland State Senator

"I find it exciting to realize that the arts can provide an alternative means for children to learn."


Vice-Provost for Graduate Education, JHU Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health & Deputy Director, Berman Institute of Bioethics
Committee: 50,000 Kids

"I love Arts for Learning and have been involved peripherally for years. I cannot begin to express the importance of connecting young people to the arts. I think art is a way to communicate gently. It's not only what art brings to learning or development, it's a way to communicate gently in classrooms. Many classrooms are not what one might describe as gentle. I think art forces more gentleness…"


Retired Teacher
Committee: Major Gifts

"Having watched the impact of the arts during many years as a classroom teacher, I have seen the enthusiasm, connection, and discovery brought about by various creative and cultural art forms. It is imperative to reach every child, while employing multiple modalities of learning. Arts for Learning brings a lively, inclusive education into schools in order to reach children who might not have yet found their passion. To be a part of this process brings a feeling of pride and empowerment to my life and helps me feel connected to improving the education of our future."


Vice President - Portfolio Manager, First National Bank
Committee: Finance

"I believe that the best, if not only, answer to bring social justice for those living in underserved areas and on very limited means is through education. Integrating arts into that education - as Arts for Learning demonstrates - is necessary to meet these needs, educate our youth, and prepare them for advanced education beyond high school. It's a cause that needs to expand."


Partner, McGuire Woods, LLP

"Having experienced the benefit of arts integration in my own education, I know first-hand how programs, like what Arts for Learning provides, can enrich the lives of students and open new worlds by connecting with them in ways that rote learning simply cannot. As a father of three children, I recognize that there is a lot of competition for their time and attention. I am excited to be a part of an organization that works to make learning both more interesting and effective."


Business Development Specialist, C&S Jones Group, LLC

"I was an art student when I was younger. It helped me express myself in a way words could not. I still have love and admiration for art and would love to help other youth discover the gift of the arts."


Philanthropy Consultant

"I believe that a good education is the pathway to opportunity for all. In Baltimore, attaining a good education is still not the reality for many of the city's children. Engaging kids (and teachers) through the arts appears to be one way to make strides in academic achievement. In the arena, Arts for Learning is the best organization doing meaningful work."


General Counsel, PCOM, Hull Street Energy, LLC
Committees: Executive, Risk Management

"I have had a passion for the arts my entire life and I am a firm believer that every child should have the opportunity to experience the arts throughout their education. My daughter is a young student and I have witnessed firsthand just how important having exposure to the arts can be to a young child. I am looking forward to helping Arts for Learning continue to work toward achieving our mission of bringing the arts to as many children as possible. I continue to be amazed by the vitality and energy that management and other board members bring to their work with Arts for Learning and I hope to be able to contribute to such a wonderful organization."


Director of Communications, Johns Hopkins University

"I've seen my own children transformed by the arts - both as creators and spectators. Not only do they enjoy it, but participating in the arts teaches them creativity, focus, problem-solving, and empathy. I believe deeply that all kids deserve the opportunity to engage in the arts, and I am very excited to support an organization that shares that belief and makes it happen."


Director of Public Space Operations, DowntownDC Business Improvement District
Committee: 50,000 Kids

"I have always been passionate about the arts and benefitted from effective art and music programs as a child. I believe that all children should have access to platforms to express their creativity and enhance their skills."


Vice-President, Human Resources and Compliance Services, Pearson Online and Blended Learning
Committees: TBD

"I believe every child has a right to education and, after 15 years working in the industry, I know each child learns in their own unique ways. I love that A4L embraces the needs of our local students and is dedicated to helping them learn and grow through the arts."


Committees: Executive, Board Development

"I was fortunate to be introduced to the arts at a young age and it has resulted in a lifelong appreciations for the arts. I believe that similar opportunities should be offered and in the age of shrinking school budgets for non-core courses, Arts for Learning fills a truly valuable need."


Global Human Resources, T. Rowe Price
Committees: 50,000 Kids, Race Equity

"Arts for Learning's mission and programs truly resonate with me as I have had the delight to raise a child whose passion is art and music. Supporting my son in his journey has been a joy and seeing him flourish is so fun. He is currently pursuing his fine art degree and is also a musician. My hope is that every child can have the exposure to the arts and creative learning as it brings another dimension, perspective and enrichment to life. Arts for Learning programs, like the innovative artist in residence programs, are impressive."

LOIS MARK, Emeritus

Retired Consultant, Baltimore Development Corp.

"I believe that the variety of arts-in-education experiences provided by Arts for Learning enhance the lives of Maryland students in many important ways. These experiences serve to delight and expand minds, increase self-confidence, and stimulate creativity and self-knowledge."

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