Rachel Watts is currently the Executive Director of ArtsConnection, one of the oldest and largest arts education organizations in New York City. She has held multiple leadership positions, including Director of Programs at ArtsConnection, Director of Education at Ballet Hispanico, 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 has also taught undergraduate students in the Art Education Program at City College. 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. In addition to her administrative and programmatic leadership experience, she has presented and led multiple research and practitioner based workshops locally and internationally at places like Teacher’s College Columbia, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the National Koahsiung Center for the Arts, Weiwuying, Taiwan. She is proud to co-chair the Advocacy committee of the Roundtable.
www.rachelwattsarts.com; twitter handle @ProjectTECA