Arts Ed NJ Staff:
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Programs and Communications Manager
Priscilla Hopkins-Smith has 11 years of experience in communication and administration in the nonprofit sector. In her role as Programs and Communications Manager she works closely with the Director and Program Development Manager to move arts education initiatives forward. Priscilla’s expertise lies in social media management and optimization along with outreach and engagement of the arts education community. Priscilla takes pride in managing the Annual Governor’s Awards in Arts Education and has provided administration and oversight continuing to cultivate the awards for over six years. Priscilla is proud to promote the Arts Ed Now campaign.
Priscilla has previously worked with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, assisting the communication and arts education departments. She keenly implemented social media management in their outreach through their various partnerships and programs, trained staff and held workshops. A current member of the Development and Education Committees for South Jersey Cultural Alliance and a former member of the Communications Working Group for ArtsPlan NJ and the PR and Marketing Committee for the Community Foundation of South Jersey. She is on the Board for Dance New Jersey. Priscilla holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Public Relations from Thomas Edison State University. In 2010, she earned a certificate for Nonprofit Management at Rowan College at Burlington County. Priscilla is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Theatre: Arts Administration program at Rowan University.
Contact Priscilla at Priscilla (at) artsednj (dot) org
Program Development Manager
Kira Rizzuto is the Program Development Manager at Arts Ed NJ, and brings to the role more than 15 years of professional experience in Visual Arts Management. She has been a professional development provider for numerous school districts and organizations, including the New Jersey Education Association and Art Educators of New Jersey. Additionally, Kira has designed and facilitated custom workshops with a focus on creativity and creative thinking. In her role at Arts Ed NJ, she collaborates with colleagues throughout New Jersey to plan and lead engaging professional learning experiences. She is Co-Chair of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools iSTEAM Task Force.
Kira earned a BA in Social Science from the University of Pennsylvania, using coursework to explore the cultural sector and the functions of art making. In 2014, she completed an MA in Art + Design Education at the University of the Arts. The focus of her research was visual thinking methods and the impact of such methods upon organizational learning. In the fall of 2015 she completed the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program for emerging leaders at the Institute for Ethical Leadership, Rutgers Business School.
Contact Kira at Kira (at) artsednj (dot) org
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