Arts for Learning (A4L) adds Daniel Lewis and Susan Kelley to its Board of Directors

February 2012.

Arts for Learning (A4L) has announced its most recent appointments to the A4L Board of Directors: Daniel Lewis, founding Dean of Dance, New World School of the Arts, and Susan Kelley, Co-Owner, Kelley Roy Gallery. The current A4L Board now has 13 members representing businesses or organizations that actively support Miami-Dade cultural arts.

“Daniel and Susan bring a wonderfully diverse mix of skills and resources to Arts for Learning.  Daniel’s local and national network and expertise in the arts and education will help us build our programs’ success while Susan’s marketing and public relations forte will strengthen our visibility across South Florida”, remarks Sheila Womble, A4L’s Executive Director.

Womble has served as the Executive Director of A4L for more than 6 years.  As a founding staff member, she has greatly contributed to the growth and success of the non-profit organization that offers arts education services in classrooms, teacher workshops, as well as after-school and summer programs.

Daniel Lewis is an internationally recognized dancer, teacher, choreographer, and author. Lewis recently retired as founding Dean of Dance at New World School of the Arts (NWSA), since 1987 when the school’s visual arts and performing arts conservatory opened in Downtown Miami.  Last year, NWSA celebrated his tenure with a tribute concert titled, “Daniel Lewis – A Life of Dance” followed by a VIP reception at which the newly-established Daniel Lewis Dance Scholarship Fund was announced.  Lewis has been awarded three times a Lifetime Achievement Award by The National Dance Education Organization.

In accepting his new position, Lewis comments,” I am so pleased to be on the board of Arts for Learning.  I know my forty-four years of arts education experience will allow me make contributions to the lives of student in the Arts for Learning programs.  I also hope to help lead Arts for Learning into the next phase of development in bringing other arts forms and new technologies to young artists in Miami-Dade County.  The arts are so important to the development of young people.  It is so important to give young talented artists the opportunity to develop and grow.”

In 2008, Susan Kelley and her husband William Roy turned their, over twenty years of, contemporary art collecting into a profession and opened the Kelley Roy Gallery in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District.  Prior to owning the gallery, Kelley (who relocated to Miami in 1983 from Boston) established and headed Kelley, Swofford, Roy, Inc. (KSR) – an advertising, marketing, and public relations firm that serves clients in healthcare, travel, tourism and hospitality industries, as well as foreign governments and companies.  Kelley also serves or has served on the Board of Directors of the World Trade Center Miami, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, Health Foundation of South Florida, Wynwood Arts District Association, and Miami Art Dealers Association.

“When I learned about Arts for Learning mission, I realized there were only very few occasions when children visited our gallery.  And, when they did visit, it was like my initiation into a role where we [as art dealers] could help ensure that the arts community is made aware of the many programs offered by Arts for Learning and my ability to help petition its support,” comments Kelley.

A4L current board members also include: President, Kay Hancock Apfel – Chairman & CEO, Consumer Asset Management; Vice President, Diane Ashley – President, Mooseworks, Inc.; Treasurer, Amelia Toural – Retired Senior Vice President and CAO, Assurant Solutions; Secretary, Christine Taplin – Curator, Sagamore Hotel; Carmen Maria Aguirre – Editor, Diario Las Americas; Stefano Campanini – Owner, Etra Fine Art/Wine by the Bay; Elaine Davis – Retired Computer Executive; Lilia Garcia – Arts and Education Consultant, Lilia Garcia & Associates; Mark Lesniak – Executive Director, Omni Parkwest Redevelopment; Betsy Kaplan, Arts Education Activist and retired Board Member, Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Michael Spring – Director, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affiars; and A4L Chair Emeritus, R. Kirk Landon – President, The Kirk Foundation, The Kirk A. and Dorothy P. Landon Foundation, and Director, Lennar Corporation.

An official announcement of the new board members and special honored guests plus new A4L initiatives will take place at Arts for Learning’s 4th Annual “Breakfast for Brilliance” to be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at A4L’s new home, The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26 St., Miami, FL 33127.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and event commencing from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $25.00 per person or reserve a table for $250.00.

To sponsor, help underwrite this event, or purchase tickets email or call (305) 576-1212 ext.23.  Arts for Learning, 404 NW 26 St. at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, Miami, FL, 33127,

Arts for Learning (A4L) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing teaching and learning through the arts and community cultural resources.  As a leading source of arts integrated programs in Miami, A4L connects the arts to other subjects to support academic achievement and child development.  A4L programs develop life and communication skills, build self-esteem, support literacy and problem solving, and encourage students to become self-directed learners.  A4L partners with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and Young Audiences – A4L’s national affiliate.  A4L’s services are delivered to more than 10,000 children and youth in approximately 100 schools, preschools, after-school programs, and summer camps through Miami-Dade with plans to expand into Broward.

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