If you're not currently teaching, what are you focused on?:
Developing and implementing innovative programs that strengthen connections, nurture collaboration and spark investment in the nation's performing arts ecosystem.
I'm the founder of Isinglass, a non-profit dedicated to ensuring every city has a healthy, thriving, diverse and funded performing arts ecosystem. We research, develop and pilot programs, with the goals of 1) maximizing community investment in the arts, and 2) transforming existing systems that reduce participation in the arts. Data show that in low SES schools, high arts presence reduces dropout rates from 22% to 4%. Low SES students active in HS arts are 3x more likely to earn a bachelor's degree. (NEA, 2012: http://tinyurl.com/htconv5) Any effort to improve outcomes must include the arts.