On the left is a headshot of Dani Faulkner. She is wearing glasses and has a relaxed smile. On the right is a side profile photo of Micaela Gramelis shot in a wooded area. Dappled sunlight hits her face.

New Chief of Engagement and Development Director at Arts for Learning Maryland

Arts for Learning Maryland’s Development and Engagement teams have expanded! We’re excited to announce the appointment of longtime Arts for Learning team member Micaela Gramelis to the newly-created Chief of Engagement position, and Dani Faulkner as our new Development Director.

Micaela Gramelis was Arts for Learning Maryland’s most recent Development Director. In her new position, she will lead the development and communications teams for the $15 million organization. Micaela has been with Arts for Learning for more than 10 years and served as development director for five. During this time, annual fundraising more than doubled, successfully building organizational capacity and supporting the expansion of A4L programs.

Dani comes to Arts for Learning with more than 10 years of experience in development, specializing in grant funding with nonprofits in Baltimore and Maryland, including Baltimore Corps and Big Sisters of Greater Baltimore. Dani is a practitioner of Community Centric Fundraising, which focuses on equity when dealing with all things fundraising. She deeply understands Baltimore’s nonprofit and arts landscape, having worked, volunteered, and served on boards with the Baltimore Community Foundation, MOMCares, Nonprofit Technology Conference, Maryland Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, and the Maryland State Arts Council, where she serves as a grant panelist. Also a former playwright, Dani deeply shares our passion for arts experiences and education.

Said Stacie Sanders Evans, President and CEO of Arts for Learning Maryland, “The growth of these departments, led by the immensely talented Micaela and Dani, illustrates Arts for Learning Maryland’s exciting trajectory and impact for Maryland’s students, educators, and artists. With Micaela and Dani leading this work, we can’t wait to see more opportunities for young people, more stories of impact, and more arts experiences in students’ lives.”