Rachel Watts

Rachel Watts is a multidisciplinary arts educator who has focused on creating and advocating for meaningful and equitable programming for young people during her 20 years in the Arts Education and Youth Development fields. She develops programs that support student growth as learners, artists, and innovators in order to build personal, social and academic skills that help young people define and design their own professional pathways. Ms. Watts is currently the Director of Programs at ArtsConnection Inc.  From 1998-2005 she was a Program Manager and Research Associate at ArtsConnection, before beginning her current position in 2011.  In the interim, she was the Director of Education at Ballet Hispanico in New York City and Director of The MYC Youth Center in San Rafael California, where she created a state of the art facility focused on developing teen leadership skills through the arts and technology.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College and received her Master’s Degree at New York University in Latin American and Caribbean Studies with a concentration in Museum Studies.  Her introduction to non-profit Arts Education was in the education department at The Studio Museum in Harlem. She studied Visual Art at the Edna Manley School of the Arts in Jamaica, and Modern and West African dance with Noble Douglas in Trinidad, at Emerson College, and under the mentorship of Sandra Burton at Williams College.  Ms. Watts is also the founder of The TECA Project. TECA: Teen Empowerment through Carnival Arts, is a program that engages teens in the creation, design, and performance of a processional-arts costume band based on a theme or social issue that is important to them.  After many a few years of volunteering on the conference panels committee and the Taskforce for Equity and Inclusion, she is thrilled to rejoin the board.

Comments are closed.
NYC AiE Roundtable