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. Ms. Watts is currently the Director of Teen Programs and DEI Initiatives at ArtsConnection Inc.  She has held multiple leadership positions in the field, including Director of Education at Ballet Hispanico, 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 has a BA from Williams College, received her Master’s Degree at New York University in Latin American and Caribbean Studies with a concentration in Museum Studies, and is just beginning the PhD program in Urban Education at CUNY.  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.

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