Cynnie Gaasch - Young Audiences of Western New York Executive Director selected for Arts Education Leadership Roles

Young Audiences of Western New York’s Executive Director, Cynnie Gaasch, has been selected for two new leadership roles. Gaasch has been elected Chair of the YA’s Executive Directors Council, and has been selected to participate in the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s Community Arts Education Leadership Institute.

In April, YA Executive Directors elected Gaasch to serve as Chair of the Executive Directors’ Council for a term of two years. As Council Chair, she will lead the council, consisting of the Young Audiences network’s 30 Executive Directors and will serve as a National board member for Young Audiences Arts for Learning.  

“As Council Chair, I look forward to supporting the work of our national organization in expanding the abilities of each affiliate to provide quality services and workplaces in our many communities,” stated Gaasch.

The YA network has 30 affiliates in the country, and is celebrating 60 years of service in the United States this year. The network includes leading providers such as CAPE in Chicago and Big Thought in Dallas. Young Audiences of Western New York, based in Buffalo, is seen as one of the leaders in innovative, future thinking programming. As an active participant in the Council, Gaasch created an online peer learning community that was used by more than 90 YA staff members.

Ms. Gaasch was accepted into the competitive Community Arts Education Leadership Institute which is offered annually for 25 current and emerging leaders in the field of arts education from across the country. In this program, Gaasch will participate in seven months of professional learning and a week long retreat at Bryn Mawr College with other participants and the field’s thought leaders this July 2013.

Gaasch explains, “I am looking forward to expanding my network in this next seven months, and learning from other thought leaders in the arts education field. I can’t wait to bring what I learn back to my colleagues here in Buffalo and Western New York.”

Learn more about Young Audiences of Western New York.

 

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