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LIR Focusing on the Fine Arts

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Donna S. Collins, Executive Director of the Ohio Arts Council, is currently serving as the 2016-2017 Schwartz Leader-in-Residence (LIR) in the Music Department at Marietta College. Collins is helping students develop greater knowledge and skills in the advocacy of music and the arts.
To learn more about Collins' LIR Project, please click HERE.
The culminating project will be a music/arts festival to be held in downtown Marietta featuring music performances by various college and public/private school ensembles, visual art shows and theatre scenes. The goal is to make the community and schools increasingly aware of the many benefits of music and the arts.
Aside from the culminating project, the participating LIR students will develop a panel of individuals to present at the 2017 McDonough Leadership Conference. This panel discussion will address the educational benefits of music and the arts in the educational setting and its impact on the economics of the community.
A proven leader in the field of arts education and arts advocacy, she has worked with the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) on the Network Leadership Committee and as a consultant to state Alliances across the nation. She also served as an Americans for the Arts State Captain and a State Arts Action Network chair and member, as well as chair of the Arts Education Council. In addition, Collins is a member of the steering committee of the Cultural Data Project/Ohio. Currently Collins serves on the Awards Committee and Membership Dues Task Force for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA).
Collins has received the Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award from Americans for the Arts; Distinguished Fellow and Arts Administration Awards by the Ohio Art Education Association; VSA Ohio's Fran Bay Award; Executive Director recognition from the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network in 2003, 2008, 2011, and 2014; and induction into the Ohio Educational Theatre Association's Hall of Fame.
The Schwartz Leader-In-Residence Program, named in honor of Dr. Stephen W. Schwartz (1940-2006), the founding and longtime dean of the McDonough Center, is designed to infuse leadership across the Marietta College campus.  The McDonough Center works collaboratively with a department to bring to campus an outstanding leader in the department’s academic area of interest.  During the academic year, the Schwartz LIR works with the department faculty to develop and implement a project that enhances the leadership knowledge and skills of the participants.  The project is open to students in the department, based on selection criteria established by the department chair in close consultation with the Schwartz LIR.

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