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Arts for Learning Maryland Welcomes Six New Board Members

Arts for Learning Maryland has elected six new members to its board of directors: LaWanda Edwards, Paul Wolman, Mark Paul Lehman, Rodrick Johnson, Dr. Jason Morgan, and Ariel Martin. 

LaWanda Edwards is an experienced communicator and organizer who is currently Program Manager with the Maryland Health Care Commission. Previously, she held staff positions in the Maryland State Senate and the Harford County Government. LaWanda explains, “I strongly believe in Arts for Learning Maryland’s mission and am eager to work with an organization that understands the importance of using art to help children reach their highest potential.”  

Paul Wolman brings extensive leadership and creativity to the A4L board. He was the founder of FEATS, the nationally-known events company, is a consultant to businesses and leaders through WolmanEdge, has served organizations including Teach for America Baltimore, NAF and The Leadership, is a trustee of Baltimore Community Foundation and founder of Heart of the Schools and the Educator Support Collaborative. Said Paul, “As a lifelong student of the live experience, and one who feels incredibly fortunate to have performed in front of audiences at an early age, I’m especially excited about Arts for Learning’s full integration approach to learning, and life.” 

Mark Paul Lehman, Senior Counsel, Vice President of Howden USA Company, adds his strong legal background and creative mindset to the board. He has served on the board of Movable Feast and Everyman Theatre. “I was blessed to be involved in the arts as a child and I know I greatly benefited from the experiences,” said Mark. “I believe exposure to the arts nourishes the soul of every individual, including children. Arts for Learning provides services that are critical to a vital urban area, and the excellence of services makes it an organization that stands out.”

Rodrick Johnson knows first-hand the power of arts integration and Arts for Learning Maryland’s approach to student learning. A former City Schools educator and current City Schools literacy coach, he knows how true student engagement can change learning. He even served as a site director at our Summer Arts for Learning Academy! As he put it, “students deserve an experience and something that captivates them! Arts and education in one setting allow students access that some need to feel successful. When I was introduced to this organization, I was guaranteed that students would get this every time there was a program, and it has been consistent. I want to participate and join in providing equity, arts, learning, and experiences for all students.” 

Dr. Jason Morgan works every day surrounded by the arts, as the Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Admission at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His strong experience with budgeting and with government relations will enhance the wide ranging talent of our board. “I personally and professionally connect with the mission of Art for Learning Maryland,” said Dr. Morgan. “The arts can empower MD students to excel in areas of learning that they perceive as difficult. Through its partnerships, programs, and development programs, the organization’s work is vital to MD students.”

Ariel Martin, working as a Senior Associate at The Common Application and previously in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, brings a strong legal expertise to Arts for Learning Maryland. “I choose to dedicate my time to Arts for Learning Maryland because I strongly believe in its mission and I am inspired by the work the organization does to enrich education through the arts,” explained Ariel. 

Welcome, LaWanda, Ariel, Paul, Mark, Rodrick, and Jason!