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Arts Education Advisory Council

The Arts Education Advisory Council advises the Commissioner and Board of Education on matters pertinent to the development of arts education in the Commonwealth. This includes examining statewide trends and needs, seeking public and professional input, identifying model programs, and making recommendations on policies and programs for the dance, music, theatre, and visual and media arts components of the Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework.

FY2022-2023 Meeting Schedule

November 17, 20223–4:30 pmvia ZOOM

Council Members

Council members reflect a wide range of perspectives and activities in arts education. They include arts teachers and directors, practicing artists, professors of arts education, and staff members from arts organizations. All of the arts disciplines are represented.

Dawn BenskiVisual Art Content SpecialistBoston Public Schools
Elizabeth ByronVisual Art and Special EducationBillerica Public Schools
Diane DailyEducation Programs ManagerMA Cultural Council
Christopher P. DearbeckFine Arts CoordinatorBillerica Public Schools
Alice Matthews GentiliVisual Art EducatorMendon Upton Regional School District
Hannah HammondTheatre TeacherUP Academy Holland Elementary School
Priscilla Kane Hellweg Executive Artistic Dir.Enchanted Circle Theatre Holyoke
Julie JaronDirector of Visual and Performing Arts Springfield Public Schools
Richard P. KingMusic, Theatre, Visual Art CoordinatorNewton Public Schools
Simone KivettVisual Art TeacherLynn Public Schools
Timmary Leary Visual Arts LiaisonWorcester Public Schools
Sandra Nicolucci Ed. D.Music Education ConsultingFor any or All School Districts
Joan A. Ortu Visual Art TeacherMalden Public Schools
William Thomas Pappazisis Director of Performing ArtsArlington Public Schools
Luci Prawdzik Ed. D.Supervisor of Art K-12Somerville Public Schools
Lynn SouzaDirector of Fine Arts K-12New Bedford Public Schools
John TravlosVisual Arts Educator/Curriculum Liaison For The Visual and Performing ArtsLawrence Public Schools

Contact Information

Advisory Council Chair:

Ms. Lynn Souza
Director of Fine Arts K–12
New Bedford Public Schools
455 County Street, Room 236
New Bedford, MA 02740
508-997-4511 ext. 14104


Councils' Meeting Minutes

Coming Soon

Last Updated: December 8, 2022

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